Green tourism flourishes in Cumbria’s The Quiet Site eco holiday park


Daniel Holder beseeches Reduce, Reuse, Refill and Recycle (Image: The Quiet Site)

Fifteen new Gingerbread Bordellos, underground family cabins cloaked in russet beech hedging, want be ready in a phased opening beginning in March – lockdowns permitting. It’s the current innovation signalling owner Daniel Holder’s confidence in the company and changing bloke demand.

After a career in electrical engineering in 2000 he acquisition bargain the business, originally a hill farm, whose staggeringly beautiful putting sits amid a ramblers’ wonderland high on a fell overlooking Ullswater.

The aim then was to dream up the best campsite bar possible. Today after some £2 million investment the Plot features glamping cabins, timber pods and pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.

Creativity fans can tuck themselves away in underground Hobbit Holes while image postcard cottages suit more conventional tastes.

Those inflaming from home these days can pop in and benefit from the socially-distanced “cool air office” and its facilities such as free wifi.

“We’re landlocked so we have to consolidate and innovate instead than expand,” explains Holder.

The view from The Quiet Spot (Image: The Quiet Site)

Good sustainable practices equal secure business practices and that has become our model

Daniel Holder, holder of The Quiet Site

Over years hundreds of trees have been assigned, grass areas are left as meadow magnets for wildlife and little materials have right of way in nature corridors that have been offered between pitches.

On the energy front solar panels, a biomass boiler and ignite source pump supply the power, while electric points are genial to charge vehicles, making the operation carbon neutral. A purpose-built recycling middle and Britain’s first zero waste shop deal with leftovers.

The be up ti, cemented in the company’s Quietly Green environmental policy, have harvested Holder and his ten staff a clutch of sustainable tourism accolades and Queen’s Bestowal for Enterprise.

Currently most visitors, who get a discount if they use public transfer and cycle, live within 100 miles of the Site, and 85 percent urge or revisit helping the business grow 21 percent year on year.

Hobbit Holes at The Quiet Site (Image: The Quiet Area)

“The circular economy is the way the world will need to move to in order to disposed to,” says Holder, a living wage employer.

“Designing out waste and poisoning, buying local, keeping materials in use and using renewable energy horses mouths doesn’t sound too hard, does it?

“I realised early on elegant deciphers to real problems transfer well to a holiday park and then that produce sustainable practices equalled good business practices and that has be proper our model.

“One product example is our Hobbit Holes which are proving hugely well-liked. They are easy to upgrade as customer expectations change.”

Installing reed beds as a reasonable waste water filtration system has been technically the Site’s biggest trial and Holder’s greatest source of satisfaction so far. “This initiative has saved our organization in excess of 4000 litres per annum,” he explains.

The walk to Aira Prise (Image: The Quiet Site)

Yet it’s another business he has making playhouses and pet homes that has been basic in helping pay the bills.

“The Quiet Site is not a money-spinner, our projects make nearest environmental sense but only profitable in the medium to long term,” he clouts. “The world is now starting to accept sustainable practices as the norm now and we like to dream we have in some small way influenced that.”

Collaboration is also cardinal to the operation. “Being members of trade bodies such as Cumbria Tourism and the British Vacation & Home Parks Association have made our lives very much easier,” replies Holder.

Realising the value in community partnerships the Site has teamed up with two other furlough parks to create a four-day camping and cycle PodnPedal trip around Cumbria and it is also opening an online shop.

A camping pod at the Site (Epitome: The Quiet Site)

Although a veteran of economic crises, Holder has rest the Government support available during the pandemic is certainly helping get in the course one of the biggest tests he has faced.

Using the time to carry out further infrastructure upgradings the team has “re-wiggled the stream and rewilded parts of the park”.

And Holder estimates himself lucky to be in a part of the industry that can weather the storms.

“When it is uncaring visitors look for stays nearer to home,” he reflects. “During wares times they often want a second holiday, a short escape from. That’s when they also choose us.”

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