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Glamping in the Lake District

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Glamping in the Lake District

Glamping in the Lake District offers a perfect blend of rugged outdoors and luxury, resulting in a unique way to experience one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the United Kingdom.

an ullswater steamer boat on the lake

Glamping Lake District

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, the Lake District National Park covers an area of over 900 square miles in the county of Cumbria in North West England. It has 16 major lakes, the largest being Lake Windermere, followed by Ullswater, and Derwentwater.

a drone shot of a steam boat on a lake

Glamping in the Lake District

With hundreds of Lake District glamping sites to choose from, deciding where to go is no easy choice. Campsites around Windermere can get very busy and usually command a higher price due to it being the most famous of the lakes. This is especially true during holidays, when the majority of the 20 million annual visitors flock to the area.

This means a great option for those looking to avoid the biggest crowds and find good value is The Quiet Site in Ullswater.

The Quiet Site

The Quiet Site is a carbon neutral holiday park overlooking Ullswater in the heart of the Lake District. The site has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Queens Award, for its commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Here’s some highlights we’ll talk more about:

  • Different options for glamping and camping
  • Zero Waste Shop
  • The Quiet Bite – wood fired pizzas
  • The Quiet Bar – tavern style pub dating back to the 17th century
  • Dog friendly
  • Best things to do in the area

Glamping Options

They currently offer six unique ways to stay at The Quiet Site, ranging from a pitch for tents, caravans, or campervans, right up to an entire holiday cottage. But for the true glamping experience we’d recommend one of the other four options:

  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Glamping Burrows
  • Glamping Cabins
  • Camping Pods

Gingerbread Houses

The Gingerbread Houses are cute little dwellings and they’re the newest addition to The Quiet Site. Family friendly and sleep up to 6 people (2 adults and 4 children) and the price ranges from £110 – £160 per night depending on weekdays/weekends and peak/off-peak seasons.

It’s a stove short of a fully equipped kitchen, but who needs one when you have a spacious barbecue area right outside your door?

Unique Selling Point: Huge deck area with picnic table, mini kitchen, full-size shower, underfloor heating, carbon positive, and will soon be hidden amongst the growing greenery!

Glamping Cabins

the bathroom of a glamping pod with sink, toilet, and shower

The Glamping Cabins offer a real touch of luxury and are made just a few miles away from the site. They’re a lot cozier and better equipped than most glamping pods we’ve experienced. They have a comfy double bed and sleep 2 adults and the price per night ranges from £100 – £160.

Unique Selling Point: Romantic getaway option featuring a roof window for stargazing, private shower!

Glamping Burrows

two glamping houses that are burrowed into the hillside

The Glamping Burrows are built into the hillside and wouldn’t look out of place in the Hobbit movie. Inside is a spacious living area that sleeps 6 (2 adults and 4 children) and prices range from £90 – £150 per night.

Unique Selling Point: Looks like a hobbit home, higher up offering the best view of the lake!

Camping Pods

a rounded roof wooden glamping pod

The Camping Pods are designed in the style of a tent, but with much better insulation from the British weather, and no hassle of actually putting a tent up when you arrive. Sounds like a good plan to us! They can sleep up to 4 people (2 adults and 2 small children) and with prices ranging from £50 – £75 per night, must be one of the best glamping deals around.

Unique Selling Point: Very competitive price for far greater luxury than a tent pitch, small kids love the ‘den’ vibe!

Which Glamping Option is Best?

a barbecue on a patio on a glamping site with a pink sunset

The best option at the site has to be the state-of-the-art Gingerbread Houses, which was the option we went for. Having the mini kitchen and our own private shower was a dream, not to mention the spacious room and giant sleeping area.

Knowing it’s also carbon positive due to efficient ground source heat pumps and the PV solar roof, is really the icing on the cake.

Glamping Site Highlights

As well as an array of glamping options, the site boasts lots of amenities which makes the stay more enjoyable.

Zero Waste Shop

a shop with dispensers for cereal, nuts, and dried goods

The Quiet Site are proud of their zero-waste shop which offers a diverse range of foods, essentials, and locally made gifts.

They have dispensers for cereals, rice, nuts, and dried fruit. You can take your own containers with you or use their recyclable paper bags.

They’re also growing their range of eco-friendly soaps, shampoo bars, and bamboo toothbrushes as well as a charming selection of houseplants.

The Quiet Bite  – Wood Fired Pizzas

The Quiet Bite is the site’s eatery which is open in the morning and evening and not to be missed! We were pleasantly surprised that they had vegetarian and vegan options.

For breakfast they offer vegan sausage or bacon rolls and a much-needed coffee to start the day. If you’re after something sweet, they also do crepes and cakes on weekends and during holidays.

In the evening its wood fired pizzas, which were outstanding. Again, there’s veggie and vegan options.

They’re open every day from 9:00am (8:30am during holidays) – 11:00am and 5:00pm – 7:30pm (8:30pm during holidays).

The Quiet Bar

an old pub with stuffed animals and antiques

The original building of the site’s pub dates back as far as the 16th century! It was rebuilt in the 17th century and again in the 18th century. It was probably used as a barn for most of the time, but lucky for us was converted into a bar in 1963.

It’s a beautiful setting of ancient stone and wooden beams, a log fire, and an interesting décor filled with stuffed animals, antique farming tools, and horse brasses.

Dog friendly

dog with a ball in his mouth running in a field

A big check on many people’s list is that it’s a pet friendly glamping site. Dogs are welcome in the Gingerbread Houses, Glamping Burrows, and Camping Pods, just be sure to let them know when you’re booking.

They have a wildflower meadow where dogs can roam off the lead and also an agreement with their neighbour to use the large field for dog walking.

As an added bonus they have a bath which you can use as a dog wash. Perfect after a day of muddy hikes.

Best Things to do in Ullswater

a steam boat on a lake near a small island

Ullswater is known for its huge lake, stunning natural beauty, rolling hills, and charming villages. There are an endless amount of hikes and places to explore but here’s a rundown of the very best things to do in the area.

Ullswater Steamers

The Ullswater Steamers are a fleet of heritage passenger boats that operate on Ullswater, which is the second largest lake in the Lake District. These steamers offer you a unique and nostalgic way to experience the beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscapes.

The Ullswater Steamers have a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The first steamers, Lady of the Lake and Raven, were launched in 1859, with real steam engines. It marked the beginning of regular passenger services on Ullswater. Today the fleet consists of several distinct vessels, and they run on diesel, not the original steam.

The boats run on a 20-mile circular route around the lake and are the perfect way to get around. As well as the convenience, you get the relaxing experience of being on the lake with incredible views of the surrounding hills.

The route covers four stops around the lake: Pooley Bridge, Howtown, Glenridding, and Aira Force.

Pooley Bridge

a river running next to a pub with a busy beer garden

The quaint lakeside village of Pooley Bridge was originally an important fish trading town dating back to the 1500’s. There are a good few places to eat and drink and you can see Ullswater flowing out into the river.

It’s the most convenient place to start from The Quiet Site as it’s only a 10-minute drive or bike ride. If you are coming by car there’s a pay & display car park nearby although there are some free lay-bys dotted around if there’s spaces available.

Howtown

Howtown is the smallest of the stops on the lake, which means it’s a peaceful, relaxing place. The pier is a great place to stop for a picnic or to visit the Howtown Hotel for a drink.

Glenridding

a quaint town with mountain in background

Glenridding is a large pier at the south of the lake and the busiest of the stops. There are plenty of options for food and drink here and local shops selling gifts and crafts.

There are also water activities like stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking available near Glenridding.

Aira Force

The Aira Force stop was the highlight of the whole lake for us. It’s famous for the Aira force waterfall with a 65ft drop, as well as many other smaller waterfalls along the river named Aira Beck.

It was around a 20-minute walk from the pier to the main waterfall, and another 20 minutes to Aira High Force which is further up the river.

There’s a lovely café called ‘Aira Force Tea Rooms’ at the bottom, not far from the car park. So, with a stop we’d recommend setting aside around 2 hours for here.

Rent e-Bikes

Another great way to explore the area is by e-bike. It’s very rural and so most places are quite spread out, so having the battery power certainly helps to cover the longer distances.

It offers an adventurous and scenic way to explore the Lake District’s beauty. The roads follow the Ullswater shore pretty closely, so it’s easy to navigate. The Quiet Site arranged our bike rental from a local company called Arragon’s Cycle Hire.

If you’re looking for some of the best routes to take, then don’t hesitate to ask the staff at the site. They gave us plenty of options with varying distances.

Lowther Castle

a large gothic castle with lawn

Lowther Castle is a historic country house located just a 20-minute drive from The Quiet Site. It was originally built in the early 19th century and was known for its grandeur and architectural significance. However, the castle fell into disrepair over the years before being partially restored (one noticeable difference being it has no roof) and opened to the public as a visitor attraction.

The castle features towers, turrets, battlements, and other elements characteristic of Gothic architecture. As well as its impressive structure, Lowther Castle is surrounded by extensive gardens and landscaped grounds. We spent hours exploring every corner of the 130-acre plot and loved it. There’s enormous terraced lawns, sculptures, water features, ornate flower beds, and a panoramic view of the valley to the west.

There’s also some fun to be had by the kids (and more than likely the big kids… guilty!) with huge adventure playgrounds and an enormous wooden castle which is impressive enough alone.

The castle also has a tea room with delicious cakes, ice cream, and good coffee. There’s also a gift shop where you can find souvenirs, local products, and books related to the history of the castle and the Lake District.

Final Thoughts on Glamping in the Lake District

We had an absolute blast on our Lake District Glamping trip and can’t wait to go again. With options from outdoor hikes and coldwater swims to relaxing at the site bar or in the comfort of your accomodation, it really offers something for everyone.

If you love glamping in luxury pods or you’re looking to book your first trip, then you can check availability at The Quiet Site, you won’t regret it!

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