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“Fabulous warmth and hospitality in the North Lakes Area”
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Lairbeck Hotel
Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 September 2011

This is a wonderful Inn to use as your home base to explore the North Lakes Area and within an easy commute to the South Lakes. We arrived frustrated and fatigued from our first experience of driving on the other side of the road (Yanks) from Penrith train station. We were met by Malcolm who offered kind words of understanding, help with the luggage and an assist to Gran's Room #11.

Nice large room, comfy bed, full shower, large bathroom and free WiFi which worked great from our room. Because of the cocktail hour, Malcolm served as our bartender as well in a convivial room designed for guests to talk and share.

We had dinner the first night at the hotel fashioned from chef and co-owner Jennifer (Malcolm wife) and served by their very competent and friendly right hand person--Karen. The dinner clearly dispelled our notion that the Brits can't cook. It was most excellent as was dinner on our 3rd night. Varied menu including traditional English Beef Pie, Lasagna, Beef dishes, veggie dishes, salmon and local fish.

Dinner and full English Breakfasts are served in another delightfully light and airy room which made conversations with our fellow travelers easy. Most of the guests were Brits and Australians, up to the Lake Districts for walks and treks.

The weather was terrible with rain and wind, but we had a delightful time with our 3 hosts and other guests---all of whom were apologizing for the weather and giving us pep talks on driving the narrow roads on the other side. Malcolm produced Google maps for us to get to the nearby villages of Ambleside and Grasmere as well as our trip back to the Penrith Station.

I don't think we've ever had the personal care displayed from Inn owners who along with Karen are very easy to engage in conversation, share a story and a good belly laugh. This is the Inn where you want to stay for your trip to or through the North Lakes.

Room Tip: All of the rooms we saw looked nice, but our room #11 was really quite well done, including the fash...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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MalcolmHutchinson, Owner at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2011

Thank you so much for your kind review. We hope you have forgiven the Lake District for the weather you experienced whilst at Lairbeck. At present we have a mini 'Indian Summer'! Still we know you 'got out there' and experienced some of the breathtaking beauty of the Lakes (even in the rain). Along with the Brits & the Australians you helped keep spirits up back at the hotel and we enjoyed your company, sharing stories and some good laughs. Best wishes...

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Reviewed 30 August 2011

The Lairbeck equals the standards at some of the best hotels out here in the UAE, excellent!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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MalcolmHutchinson, Manager at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2011

Thank you very much for the kind review - at present we are enjoying some UAE weather!! Best wishes...

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Reviewed 24 August 2011

What a pleasant surprise when we entered this hotel. We were wary at first when we saw the " 2 Star " rating of the hotel. I think this hotel deserve a five star rating. The rooms are decorated for royalty and are huge in comparison to other hotels we stayed in. The owner and host was exceptionally pleasant and even doubled a tour guide!! Well done and we will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone and be back ourselves. 10/10.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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MalcolmHutchinson, Owner at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2011

Thank you for your positive feedback which is a great encouragement for us.

We shall be delighted to see you at Lairbeck on your next visit to the UK.

Best wishes

Jennifer & Malcolm

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Reviewed 23 August 2011

Pleasant enough but we were expecting something a bit more impressive for the price. The food is like good home cooking but nothing to 'oooh' and 'ahhhh' about. The gardens are pretty. The interior could use an update but that is not to say there was anything wrong with it. i think 3 stars/average is fair.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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MalcolmHutchinson, Manager at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2011

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you didn't find the magic that most of our guests seem to find at Lairbeck. Did you consider talking this through with us whilst you were here? Perhaps there was something we could have done to improve the experience for you? We can assure you that we will be continuing to work very hard to ensure a good experience for all of our guests so please do let us know if there is something specific we could improve for you.

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Reviewed 17 August 2011

This was our second stay here for 4 nights - even better than our first! Malcolm, Jennifer and Karen go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your stay - nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are all different with lovely views and very comfy beds! It's lovely and quiet yet only 10 mins walk from the town. Everything is spotlessly clean, hot water plentiful, breakfast excellent...all in all can't fault it!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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MalcolmHutchinson, Owner at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2011

Thank you for your return visit to Lairbeck. We greatly appreciate your kind comments and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 10 August 2011

The Lairbeck consistently gives high quality service, accommodation and dining, morning and evening.We have used it frequently over the past 10 years and will be coming for the next 10 if they maintain their service quality at its present standard of excellence, better than a lot of major brand hotels that we have stayed in!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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MalcolmHutchinson, Owner at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2011

Thank you very much for your kind review and continuing support. We always look forward to your visits and will be doing our best to keep you coming back. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Jersey and that the weather in Dubai is good.

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Reviewed 6 August 2011

My boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend away at Lairbeck Hotel. It's a beautiful old house and our room was huge, comfortable and clean. Breakfast was brilliant! Malcolm and Jennifer were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Definitely somewhere I'd recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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MalcolmHutchinson, Owner at Lairbeck Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2011

Thank you for your kind review and recommendation. It was good to have you staying at Lairbeck and great for us to know that younger guests love Lairbeck too!

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Additional Information about Lairbeck Hotel

Address: Vicarage Hill, Keswick CA12 5QB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Keswick
Price Range: £120 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lairbeck Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a relaxing holiday in a Victorian Country House in the heart of the English Lake District. Lairbeck is a 3 Star Visit Britain Hotel beautifully set in a quiet, secluded garden 10 - 15 minutes walk to Keswick, Derwentwater and the Theatre by the Lake. ... more   less 
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