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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Very good - based on 21 reviews
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Ross P
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best value for money I've yet seen - but why no WiFi?”
Reviewed 5 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

I booked to stay in Helvellyn with my girlfriend for a long break over my birthday weekend. The thing that immediately drew us in was the cheap price which seemed fantastic given the quality of the living space shown in the pictures.

As with all images on the internet I approached Helvellyn's appearance with scepticism - it is all too easy to make an accommodation look far bigger and more modern than it actually is. I am happy to report that this is absolutely not the case here and if anything the apartment looks smaller than it actually is in real life.

The place is large, perfectly situated in a quiet corner of the town centre and rigged out with modern appliances and furniture. It was spotlessly clean and surrounded by beautiful fells which can easily be seen from the windows given its position on the top floor of a building. There is plenty of light so the place never feels dingy or claustrophobic.

Both bedrooms are wonderful, with one being slightly smaller to accommodate an en suite shower and toilet. The open plan kitchen and living room is a nice size and there is enough seating for you and visitors, unless you're having a conference in your holiday cottage. The bathrooms were modern, clean and well functioning - I tend to be picky about showers in particular but the main shower was fantastic (though I didn't use the en suite one).

The only downside is the owners' strange reluctance to provide a WiFi service. If, like me, you're with O2 your phone simply will not pick up any internet signal whatsoever in Keswick and organisational tasks thus forced me out into the town in search of free WiFi. The lack of WiFi has been mentioned countless times by users on Trip Advisor and in the guest book in the place itself over the course of a number of years, yet still has not been rectified. As a smaller inconvenience, there is no hairdryer provided in the apartment, which is something I consider to be fairly standard.

While I visited in October when it was fairly cool, we found that only one of the windows in the apartment would open to any sort of useful degree. This is presumably a health and safety feature but it is worth mentioning for people who may be planning a visit in the hotter months.

The final issue is that driving and parking around these roads is very tight and worth keeping mind of if you plan on driving to Helvellyn.

Luckily, I did not find myself needing the internet very much, the weather was cool and I did not drive and as such these issues did not hinder my enjoyment experienced at Helvellyn. I would absolutely go back in a flash... providing I didn't need parking, a hairdryer, cool air or the internet.

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Liked best: The surroundings, modern and spacious property
Liked least: Lack of WiFi and hairdryer, which should be standard
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
10 Nov 2015
Good afternoon
Thank you for your review following your stay at Helvellyn. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and it is great to hear that you would return in a flash. We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Kind regards
Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
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TheLakesl...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Bright & breezy - perfect for a hot July”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

This flat is a lovely space. We spent nights with the sash windows wide open. The dual aspect of the flat meant it was easy to get a through breeze. My partner had previously stayed here with a friend on a walking weekend and we'd recommend this to anyone - especially friends or two couples. The only things missing were wifi and a second set of keys.

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Liked best: Comfy bed in main bedroom
Liked least: No wifi
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
19 Jul 2014
Thank you for your feedback of your stay at Helvellyn.

Thank you for recommending Helvellyn to others!

We are delighted to hear your partner decided to return to Helvellyn and that you enjoyed the location of the property.

Lakes Cottage Holidays hopes to welcome you back to Helvellyn or another Lakes Cottage Holidays property in the future.

Kind Regards,

Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
esbeale
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect.”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
1
person found this review helpful

After a crappy experience in London, we were wondering how our second accommodation would work out. And all I can say was that it was about as close to perfect as you could get. The location (a five minute walk from the town center) was perfect, street parking was plentiful, and the property itself was gorgeous. The property was immaculate, and well laid out. And the views out the windows were tremendous. We would definitely stay here again.

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Liked best: Everything.
Liked least: Wifi would be nice.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Aug 2014
Thank you for your review of your stay at Helvellyn, Keswick.

We are delighted to learn you wish to return to Helvellyn, enjoyed the views and the location of the property for your stay in Keswick this year.

Lakes Cottage Holidays looks forward to welcoming you back to Helvellyn soon.

Kind Regards,

Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
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davebrown...
London
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good But”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

A clean and tidy flat with well equipped kitchen spotless bathrooms- warm and well furnished.

I would give it four to five stars, but for the lack of wifi, which probablly will not bother most people, but increasingly over the next few years wll become more of an issue with visitors. Cetainly within three to four years it will be expected.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
5 Jun 2014
Thank you for taking the time to inform Lakes Cottage Holidays of your feedback after your stay at Helvellyn, Keswick.

We are delighted to hear you found the property warm, well equipped and the bathrooms were spotlessly clean for your stay.

Thank you for your point regarding the lack of WiFi in the property.

Lakes Cottage Holidays hope to welcome you back to Helvellyn or another Lakes Cottage Holidays property in the future.

Kind Regards,

Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Doncaster
Reviewed 1 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Value Rooms
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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Mar 2014
Thank you for your lovely review of Helvellyn

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in this popular property and we hope that we can welcome you back again in the future.

kind Regards
Lakes Cottage Holidays
Tel 017687 74060
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St Helens
Reviewed 6 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
6 Dec 2013
Thank you for our review of Helvellyn, Keswick.

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the property, especially the heating system and being comfortable during your stay.

Thank you for stating you would stay at Helvellyn again!

Lakes Cottage Holidays hopes to welcome you back to Helvellyn or another Lakes Cottage Holidays property in the future.

Kind Regards,

Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Stoke on Trent
Reviewed 13 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
Rugged travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
13 Sep 2013
Thank you for your review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Helvellyn

Since your stay the shower screen in the property has been replaced with new so should you return you will not experience problems with water leaking onto the floor

Once again thank you for your kind review, we look forward to welcoming you back to one of our cottages in the future.

Lakes Cottage Holidays
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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