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Meet Dan, owner of the Quiet Site, Watermillock


"It’s really important that the people that are running a place are engaged in it. I am here 365 days a year and if I am not here, it’s my wife or my son. I am here from early in the morning and I will be here when the bar closes about 11 o’clock at night. That engagement through all the staff is really important.
Meet Dan, owner of the Quiet Site, Watermillock

by Lake District Pound

May 31, 2018


Dan Holder runs the Quiet Site, at Watermillock, near Ullswater.

“The campsite is 54 years old and was originally a farm. The farmer started to take in paying guests and within a couple of years he was having more success with camping than his furry friends and so he began doing it permanently.

“I am from London, a failed jockey and then I spent a few years working around the world. My mother had the park at that time and, it’s a very familiar story in holiday parks, you’re called back for the summer to give a hand in the holidays. I came to give them a hand for three or four weeks and 30 years later I am still here.


“The core values stay the same though; hospitality and the views. The staff always treat the guests how they would want to be treated themselves if they were on holiday. Over the years people come back, generation after generation, and 84 per cent of our customer base are here either because they’ve come before or because they have been recommended to come.

“The guy that started the park up in the 50s, he obviously liked a drink, and he lost his driving licence. So what he decided to do was develop our bar - The Quiet Bar. He slowly built it up from a traditional Cumbrian barn and what you see today is basically what he did. It’s probably one of the reasons it has such a big following.

“The Hobbit Holes we started five years ago. What we were looking for was something with great insulation but that was invisible from the surrounding fells. There’s a covered area so people can still have that inside outside, camping style holiday, but they’re protected from the weather. But they still keep that openness where people interact with their neighbours and speak to each other and socialise, which is really special.

“When we choose staff we’re just looking for personable people, people that want to meet people and engage with them and show them this beautiful area. It’s really important that the people that are running a place are engaged in it. I am here 365 days a year and if I am not here, it’s my wife or my son. I am here from early in the morning and I will be here when the bar closes about 11 o’clock at night. That engagement through all the staff is really important.”

Find the Quiet Site at Ullswater, Cumbria, CA11 0LS. 
www.thequietsite.co.uk  

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