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Dorchester House

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#21 of 94 B&Bs in Keswick
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Welcome to Dorchester House, your Keswick “home away from home.” Dorchester House aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year. In the centre of Keswick, the 4-star rated Dorchester House provides high-quality bed and breakfast in this popular Lake District town. We are approx 10 minutes’ walk from Derwent Water and Theatre by the Lake and the stunning views of Borrowdale Valley. This guest house offers an impressive breakfast menu and also has free Wi-Fi. Each room has a flat-screen TV, radio alarm clock and tea/coffee facilities including biscuits and hot chocolate. All rooms have an en-suite shower, with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries (hand soap and shower gel). Dorchester House serves a full English breakfast with traditional Cumberland sausages and bacon from our local butchers and local free-range eggs, Vegetarian and Vegan breakfast options are available. There is also Little Salkeld organic porridge, fruit salad, cereals, toast and jams. Keswick is a Fair Trade town, you can find a selection of Fair Trade Teas on offer. By Derwent Water, the Theatre by the Lake offers regular cultural events, and other town centre attractions include the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery and the Cumberland Pencil Museum. Within a 15-20 minute drive, you will find the Honister Slate Mine and Whinlatter Forest Park, and the town also hosts annual jazz and film festivals. Dorchester House puts the best of Keswick at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
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Free public parking nearby
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Street parking
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
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Blackout curtains
Desk
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Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
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Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
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Maps47433 wrote a review 14 Apr
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A great welcome at this fabulous accommodation, everything was perfect, our room was well appointed and clean, despite on the small side we were very comfortable. A good selection of choices for breakfast, we especially enjoyed the porridge with a selection of toppings. We were on a walking holiday, it was so thoughtful to return to our room with slices of homemade cake to go with a hot cuppa. Would recommend highly.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Catherine L wrote a review 13 Apr
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We cannot recommend Dorchester House enough. This is the second time we have visited as a family. Lorraine and Simon are fabulous hosts. The breakfasts are delicious. Little touches like an Easter treat for everyone make it a real home from home. The location is perfect; you can walk to the park and central Keswick in a few minutes. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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mrs1avocet wrote a review 3 Apr
Stafford, United Kingdom24 contributions4 helpful votes
Highly recommend this B&B. From our warm welcome, immaculate ensuite bedroom to the delicious breakfast, our stay was faultless. An ideal location for the short walk into the centre of Keswick. We wish we could have stayed longer and we shall definitely return.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: On road parking so when you find a place leave the car there and enjoy the short walk into town.
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Emma wrote a review Nov 2023
York, United Kingdom128 contributions20 helpful votes
Friendly and helpful got up early to make us a full breakfast before our mountain hiking then fresh made cake on our return. Could not do enough for us got an upgrade to a bigger room too free of charge. The whole place is spotlessly clean and tidy the food is all fresh nice freshly made fruit salad every morning. Close to the centre about 5 min walk. Parking outside also.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking on the side streets for free and there are a good few side streets so you will be able to...
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Hi Emma, Thank you so much for your excellent review and very kind comments. It was lovely to meet you both and love how much you enjoyed your stay. Come and see us again another time, always book direct for best prices or give us a call. Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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Kittykatsydney1960 wrote a review Nov 2023
Sydney, Australia74 contributions37 helpful votes
Lovely and very clean property in a great location. Easy walk to shops, restaurants and pubs. Yummy breakfast, friendly and fantastic service from Lorraine and Simon. If you are looking to stay in Keswick, I highly recommend Dorchester House.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Street parking available
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you for your excellent review and recommendation! Thank you for your very kind comments, it was lovely to meet you and hear about your adventures, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in the UK and safe journey home. Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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Christine W wrote a review Oct 2023
4 contributions5 helpful votes
Recently returned from a fantastic weekend break at Dorchester House. Situated just a few minutes walk into the centre of Keswick, with free on street parking, the location was perfect! Hosts Lorraine & Simon were so friendly & welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. Our room was warm, cosy, well equipped & spotlessly clean, we had the best nights sleep ever!! We loved the breakfasts, they are absolutely delicious! Great selection of locally sourced produce, the full English was cooked to perfection! Honestly we couldn’t fault a thing & absolutely loved every minute of our stay, we will most definitely be coming back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Lorraine Ridgewell, Owner at Dorchester House
Responded 28 Oct 2023
Thank you for such an incredibly kind review. We are so glad you loved absolutely everything about your stay and thank you for mentioning how comfortable you felt, the fab location and free [on street] parking. Such kind comments...what a treat to read!! Definitely come back and see us another time, always book through our website for best prices or give us a call when you are ready to come back!! Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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poetesstx wrote a review Jun 2023
Houston, Texas561 contributions64 helpful votes
I must say, my stay at Dorchester House was quite comfy! Highly recommend room #4 and the "Loo with a View!" Simon and Lorraine were very sweet hosts, and breakfast was on time and very tasty! Will definitely be staying here again if I make it back to Keswick.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Get Room #4.
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you for your very kind comments on Room4 - Double Guestroom and yes, there certainly is a 'loo with a view' of Skiddaw. We hope you enjoyed your time in the UK and had a safe journey home. Kind wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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jason f wrote a review Jun 2023
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I stayed at Dorchester house with my auntie for 2 nights. Lorraine and Simon made us welcome from the second we got there,really lovely couple. They went above and beyond. The whole place is absolutely spotless, the beds are comfortable, the rooms have everything you could possibly need, as the weather was really warm a fan was provided. The breakfast was amazing, so much variety and excellent quality. There is seating to the front to enjoy some fresh air. Excellent location as you are a few minutes walk from the town centre and 10-15 minute walk to derwent water lake which is fabulous. I would 100% stay and Dorchester house again.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your excellent review. It was lovely to meet you both, thank you for your very kind comments about how clean and comfortable everything was. The weather was so lovely, we are glad you enjoyed sitting out in our little garden area, we enjoyed having time to chat with you and your Auntie. Do come and see us another time, always book direct for best prices or give us a call. Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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David S wrote a review May 2023
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What a fantastic stay we had. Absolutely everything about this place from location to the breakfast, cleanliness, extremely friendly hosts, the list goes on of all the positives of Dorchester House. Seriously, if you stay anywhere in Keswick make it this place. It will exceed all your expectations. Amazed!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Hi David, Thank you so much for your excellent review and very kind comments. It was lovely to meet you both and love how much you enjoyed your stay. Come and see us again another time, always book direct for best prices or give us a call. Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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Samantha S wrote a review May 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic stay over the Bank Holiday weekend. Very friendly and welcoming, Spotlessly clean Breakfast was spot on, the cake on arrival was a lovely touch. We will definitely be back and recommend to family and friends.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your excellent review and very kind comments. It was lovely to meet you both and love how much you enjoyed your stay. Come and see us again another time, always book direct for best prices or give us a call. Kindest wishes Lorraine & Simon x
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dorchester House
Which popular attractions are close to Dorchester House?
Nearby attractions include Keswick Alhambra Cinema (0.07 miles), Walla Crag (0.2 miles), and Derwentwater (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dorchester House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and express check-in and check-out.
Which room amenities are available at Dorchester House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Dorchester House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Dorchester House?
Yes, free public parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dorchester House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fellpack, eS Bar, and Lake Road Brunch.
Is Dorchester House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Keswick.
Are there any historical sites close to Dorchester House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (1.4 miles), Mirehouse & Gardens (3.7 miles), and Watendlath (4.4 miles).