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Waterside House Campsite
Waterside House
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA10 2NA
Tel: 01768 486332
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Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 190 Reviews
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 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Coronavirus Update

Our site is open and we are taking bookings , please be assured you can book with confidence. Our toilets are Open. Our showers are Open. Other communal areas may be restricted - please check with us for more information

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Reviewer: Debs25 7 reviews from this member

 June 2004
Just arrived back from our trip to this camp site and have to say I was quite impressed. I don't really have anything to compare it to as this was our first camping trip, but the site seemed to have everything we needed.

There were plenty of toilets and extra portaloos behind the toilets so you never needed to wait. There were four showers each, which did mean that sometimes you might have to wait, but I was lucky enough to only having to wait on the last day. A bonus of the showers were there always seemed to be hot water and it was free! There is also a hair dryer in the shower block and a small cupboard with electrical points in the toilet block.

There is a small shop on site and a laundry room with an ironing board and a burger van that serves food pretty much all day.

As for where the site is situated its about a mile from the centre of Pooley Bridge and the roads leading to it are quite narrow. If you have children there is a little park to help keep them entertained, but the big selling point for us is that the campsite is directly situated on the edge of Ulswater lake and if you are lucky enough you can pitch your tent looking out onto it as the site managers were more than happy to let you pitch wherever suited you.

We had a lovely time at this site and will be visiting it again some time soon! :-) 

Reviewer: bootiful 1 review from this member

 Yonks ago!
Stayed here a few years ago, during the foot and mouth epidemic. The site was great and despite having to pitch our tents on a rather steep hill side, we had a great time. The showers are a bit thin on the ground, with only three each, but there's a lake nearby if you just wanna have a dip! The shop sells all the absolute necessesities and the laundry is clean and servicable. There is a hot drinks machine that sells a good hot chocolate. Ideal for first time campers who think that a full kettle will boil in a few minutes, only to discover that a single ring burner will take a life time to heat it up!
Very good site and I may well visit again soon. 

Reviewer: oois25 7 reviews from this member

 May Bank Holiday 2004
What a find. Visited this site after reading the reviews, this site is fantastic!!! Most of the campsite overlooks the lake. The toilets and showers are very clean and free!! Only a short walk to Pooley Bridge village by following the lakeshore footpath. Will definately be going back!  

Reviewer: leon perry 4 reviews from this member

 Mayday weekend
Excellent facilities, had a fabulous may Bank Holiday weekend. Staff very helpful. On first night two separate tents a little noisy. one was told to keep noise down by a 'site warden' (good), but were noisy when he went a way. The next evening, I told the the lady in the shop of this tent next, an hour later I noticed the owner having a word to the people. I had no prob's sleeping that night.
If you go into the top field and turn right, the field has a little hill that blocks the view to the lake, but it made a good wind break from the wind coming off the lake!! If you want a good view camp on the hill bit!! done that last year! all-in-all, it's not a bad site! 

Reviewer: Chris Collins

 August 20003
Camped at this site twice this year,once with all the family members and bank holiday weekend with the kids. Great site had a lovely view of the lake. The kids spent most of the time swimming. I must admit toilets and showers are a problem. A site i will be spending most weekends at next year. The owners are very friendly and the other campers who were around us were the same. Roll on next year. 


Reviewer: Paul

 August 2003
This site has a fantastic location but it seemed ill-equipped to cope with the amount of visitors it had during our recent visit.

With only 4 toilet cubicles and 4 showers it did not take long before long queues developed. In fact queues for the showers started at 6.30 in the morning and continued throughout the day. Hunting for a toilet was like searching for a needle in a haystack. There were even queues for the washing-up facilites.

There are no marked pitches and finding a place for a tent is a bit of a free-for-all. Space was at such a premium that our neighbours abandonned a trip by car in case someone pitched a tent in their parking space whilst they were away. There is only one small shop and no restaurant or bar. The only cooked food outlet is a fish and chip van which, bizarrly, closed for lunch!

Waterside House was not a pleasant experience for me at busy periods. 

Reviewer: Rich & Lynne

 May 2003
We just keep coming back to this campsite, Its got great views of the hills & lake & the nearby (10 min walk) sun inn does good food & Beers. We meet up with friends here and never fail to have a good time. 

Reviewer: Lisa Berrett 6 reviews from this member

 May 2003
The view across the lake from this site is beautiful. It will mesmerie you.

We found the fees a bit expensive at 14.75 per night (2 adults, 3 kids, tent and car) but all the facilities were free! (or at least you did'nt have to pay per shower etc). The site is very big, we were camped well in the middle of it and it felt like a long walk to the toilets, especially first thing in the morning - if it had had small loos dotted around the site here and there it would have helped. It is a working farm with cows and cow shed which are very close to the toilet block, so you don't want to camp too close to the facilities because of the smell (and killer flies).

Its a truly beautiful site, and I would recommend it, but make sure take a potty with you for this one. 

Reviewer: Sal 1 review from this member

 August/September 2002
Excellent facilities, had a fabulous August Bank Holiday weekend with glorious weather here and a soggy weekend in September but thoroughly enjoyed both. Very dog friendly, plenty of walks in the area, right on the banks of Ullswater, they hire out boats and canoes at very reasonable rates.  

Reviewer: Sue Knowles

 july 2002
I discovered this site some 8 years ago during which time the owners, Collin and Joan, have made significant improvments to the existing facitities which consist of a shop, shower block, toilet block, laundry room with freezer,
washing-up area, boat & bike hire, childrens play area, volley ball net, good launching areas, gas purchase, vending machines and public telephone. I feel so passionate about this site that I feel loathed to tell the masses about it. The site is split into areas to accommodate adults only, family feild and an organised group feild. Waterside House is a working farm on the shore of Lake Ullswater which is fantastic for a variety of different water crafts. It attracts respectfull discerning campers of all ages who understand the unwritten rules of camping and yobs will not be entertained. If you are a watersport enthusiast this is the place to be. Wheather your windsurfing board is state of the art or like mine 20 years old, you won't feel intimidated. A good safe site for kids to learn about safety and the rules of life. Collin can been seen every morning touring the site on his quad bike with a few kids who have hitched a ride (the pide pipper springs to mind). With coffee in hand watching the sun rise or a brandy watching it set, is my idea of heaven. I visit this site with my family several times throughout the season and always enjoy meeting up with other campers who we have become acquainted with over the years. I just love it. 

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