When we booked the Pennington on a KGB Deal last Jan/Feb, we didn't really know much about either the location or the place itself, taking advantage of the superb value for money offer first and foremost.
As time grew nearer for our actual stay, we began to do some research, and were pleasantly surprised to discover the attractions, sights and amenities in close proximity to Ravenglass, so we were looking forward to an interesting weekend.
Upon arrival on the Friday afternoon, we were greeted by the Duty Manager who was very pleasant and welcoming, and even offered to carry our bags up to the room, No 17.
The room was a wonderful surprise being very spacious and having lovely views out of the front of the hotel overlooking the estuaries.
As mentioned here before, there was a cafetiere available in the room with real ground coffee, which is a favourite of mine, and much more preferable to the usual sachet of instant granules. This is the first time I have been offered this in any hotel, let alone one on a budget rate!
the bathroom is very well fitted out with a shower over the bath, which could benefit by having a grab rail, but otherwise very spacious and clean.
There is plenty of stoarge space and drawer/shelving to accommodate weekend belongings and the heating seemed very efficient.
The bar is a delight as is the restaurant, and the breakfast was one of the best, most comprehensive we have been offered in any hotel, including big name 4 and 5 star ones!
All of the staff seem very friendly and loyal, and nothing was too much for any of them, even the cleaners asked if everything was OK!
We had an evening meal in the Estuary Restaurant which was delightful; it is well laid out, modern and clean.
We had a return trip on the Ravenglas & Eskdale Railway getting off at Dalegarth, and walking to see the wonderful Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall, which was well worth the effort, catching the train back later that afternoon.
We also had a walk up to Muncaster Castle, but unfortunately, being a Saturday, it was closed for a private function. On the way there we looked in at the Camping & Caravanning Club's beautiful campsite at Ravenglass, and were shown around by one half of the site management team, who was very helpful and knowledgeable.
The Ratty Arms is a short walk away, serves beautifully cooked, local food, at very reasonable prices, and sells good guest ales. They also have entertainment on some Saturday evenings and the hosts are very warm and friendly.
We also had a drive along the coastal road to Whitehaven and had a fantastic Fish n Chip dinner at Crosby's and a lovely walk around the marina/harbour.
All in all, this is a lovely place and a wonderful hotel to make your basecamp for trips into the Lake District National Park, well away from the usual bustle of Keswick, Windermere and Bowness.
Front facing rooms have a lovely view out over the 3 rivers estuary and tidal sands
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