For as long as me and my partner have been together he’s been dropping hints about going camping. Every time we go walking in the Lake District he mentions the subject and I just brush it off.
Anyone who knows me will know that me and a tent are not a good mix. But when the opportunity came up to stay in a camping pod at The Quiet Site, near Ullswater I thought why not – what’s the worst that can happen?
At The Quiet Site, there are a number of different things to choose from, you can stay in a camping pod, glamping pod, hobbit hole,
We went for the camping pod – at just £45 a night this was all we needed. The Pod is a timber built, insulated hut designed to be used just like a tent but unlike a tent it is already set up on the site, ready for you to move in! With no tent to erect or pack away in the rain.
So Thursday came, and I started to get my things out to pack, I’m the type of person that ALWAYS takes more than is needed – but for once I just took the bare essentials. We decided though to take an extra electric heater – just in case.
After packing up the car, and having to turn back only once because we both forgot our walking shoes we were on our way and full of excitement for the night ahead.
Prior to our arrival, I was emailed with directions to the site, and all the information I needed to know about checking in, timings for reception, a map of the site, and some useful contact information for anyone I may need to contact.
When we pulled up outside reception we were greeted by an extremely friendly man who explained everything we needed to know about the site, timings for the shop, bar, where the bathrooms were, showers and even where we could store food if needed before he hopped on his bike and showed us to our pod.
As we pulled up outside our pod the views of the Lake District around us were breathtaking. Our pod faced onto Ullswater and although it was a chilly day, it was blue skies making the views even more stunning.
We unloaded the car, and now it was the moment of truth, we opened the door to camping pod 13 and were pleasantly surprised at how warm it was inside. Although there was nothing inside apart from a small radiator and a light, the main thing was it was warm and dry.
So, Josh pumped up the air bed as I laid out our things. After we’d got all settled in we decided to have a look around, and wow was the site huge. We had a quick look in the shop and I was actually really surprised that the items there weren’t marked up in price.
We decided to have a drink in the bar, and I was honestly lost for words when it only cost £2 for two cokes! The bar was exceptionally warm and cosy with a massive log burning fire. Old barrels had been turned into seats and I honestly felt like I could have sat in there for hours just chatting by the fire.
People were bringing in pizza’s from the van outside and they looked amazing! If we didn’t have a meal booked in Pooley Bridge we’d have definitely devoured one of those.
After our meal our, which was to die for!! We got all cosy in our PJs in the pod – which by this time it was 8.30pm and still very warm in there and played a game of monopoly.
We’d hoped to see the Northern Lights, which had made an appearance the day before – but we weren’t lucky enough.
When it was time for bed we turned off the light, got all cosy in the bed and it was so peaceful, you could have heard a pin drop. I worried I wouldn’t have been able to sleep well not being in my own bed, but I did!
We set our alarm early for the next morning in the hopes of catching the sun rising, unfortunately, it was too misty for that, but nothing can take away from waking up to the views of the Lake District.
I can say staying at The Quiet Site was one of the best experiences I’ve had. The toilet and shower blocks were clean and warm, the staff were friendly and helpful, the pod was warm and clean and took the hassle of pitching a tent away and above all else they don’t charge a fortune!
Being away in the Lakes for the night, just the two of us, no TVs, no distractions, it was the time away we needed and thoroughly enjoyed and I’d love to go back – maybe make it two days next time?
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