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“relaxed and traditional.”
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Highfield Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“relaxed and traditional.”
Reviewed 31 July 2007

My cousin booked for us to stay here as a wedding present this july.
We stayed for 2 nights in the east turret room. This was a lovely quirky room with a little staircase leading from the bedroom into a small turret area with window seats and views over the lake.
Whilst the turret is a lovely feature, the double room is quiet small, and the shower room absolutley tiny.
The rooms are very comfortable and clean, with tea/coffee facilities and tv with dvd player.
My cousin had ordered us champagne and chocolates, but to hire a champagne bucket and 2 glasses would have cost £5 per day!
The highlight of the stay has to be the unbelievable food. 4 course dinner included in the price. Beautifully served and presented. You also get served drinks and canapes in the lounge whilst choosing your courses from the menu!
The breakfasts were also nicely presented, but a little dry. No beans, and the toast served before the hot breakfast so was cold when trying to spread the butter!
There was very little atmosphere in the dining room at dinner or breakfast. very quiet and flat.
I think the average age of the other guests was 50-60, and with us being in our 20's, we felt a little out of place!
Overall though, lovely hotel, lovely food and great location

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Wiltshire
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2007

Stayed here with my Mum at the beginning of June 07 for our annual short trip away together, and we thought it was fabulous! We had two
'traditional' single rooms on the top floor at the back of the hotel with views to the hills rather than the lake. It's a hike up there with bags, but at £65 DB&B it seemed a bargin! I think you pay £32.50
for evening meal alone if you're not a resident. Room was fine, cheerful, clean and prettily decorated - shower-room not at all bad for a single. BUT, you stay at this hotel for the food - its fantastic! To sit on the terrace in the evening with a pre-dinner drink, looking at that sensational view and its ever-changing light, nibbling on exquisite amuse bouches ... well that memory alone will keep me going through next winter! The restaurant food IS definately exceptional (and I've also "eaten in the best hotels ... blarb, blarb") - there was one crab and horseradish starter, which was one of the best starters I've ever eaten, and then there's the Fell Lamb,
the Guinea Fowl ... oooww, just book and enjoy! We met people there who now don't go anywhere else! And why not get some theatre tickets too - and you can stroll across the park to two fabulous little theatres in about 10mins, if that. I'm taking my husband back!!! I also picked up a leaflet when we left for special offers in Nov and earlier Dec where you only pay for the food! You know what - those regulars are going to have to book well ahead!! I picked up a couple of leaflets at other 'designer boutique-style' hotels that are springing up all over the lakes - the prices are staggeringly high and I bet the food isn't as good as the Highfield's!

Stayed May 2007
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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2007

Back in December 2005, we wrote a fairly damning, but truthful, review of the Royal Hotel, Weymouth. However, two subsequent reviewers took exception to our views and one wrote, " If you are expecting five star, book a five star hotel otherwise stop whinging and enjoy". Well "two subsequent reviewers", I'm delighted to tell you that the Highfield Hotel is certainly not graded as a five star hotel (I think it may be two star), but it does deliver commendable service and food worthy of five star status. Indeed, it does everything as right as the Royal did so awfully wrong and rightfully turns that narrow theory on its head.

We arrived on a Sunday evening and it was pouring with rain. From the website, we were told our window enjoyed "unsurpassed views of the lake and Borrowdale and Newlands valleys". We couldn't tell. However, the room (No 4) was clean, freshly decorated, not huge in size but adequate with a queen-size double bed. It had all that we wanted. Incidentally, the idea of placing the individual room illustrations and descriptions on the hotel website is inspired, if not a little effusive in places but we can forgive that. The hotel is positioned in a quiet residential road on the fringes of Keswick town centre, which is an easy 5 - 7 minute walk away. It does have some lovely views out towards the valleys and mountains plus Derwentwater approximately a quarter of a mile away across a pitch and putt golf course and rolling green hillock. As with our room, everywhere was clean and fresh throughout.

We had booked dinner for 8pm but went down early to join our fellow guests in one of the two cozy lounges. There is no bar, as such, but an adequate range of drinks, juices etc is available to order and brought to you swiftly. The hotel is all non-smoking and doesn’t have any annoying piped music in the lounges - just the mutterings of quiet chatter. How restful. Orders for pre-dinner drinks are taken and complimentary canapés are served (which change daily). The menus are presented and the evening dining experience begins. We actually found it so difficult to choose; not because the menu was over- complicated –far from it – but it all sounded so delicious. Another inspired inclusion on the hotel website is the daily posting of the menu from which my wife studied with glee for a good week or so beforehand. Our dinner orders were taken and, after a suitable time, we were shown to our table. It was all very relaxed, informal and efficient. However, if it’s your preference to go down for your meat and two veg at the beginning of Emmerdale and bolt it down in good time to get back in your room for the end, this is not the place for you. Try the Royal.

When talking about food choice, the range of peoples’ preferences, likes and dislikes are about as consistent as the England cricket team. You will never please all of the people all of the time. That’s life but we have to truly say that following our first night’s meal we looked forward to the second and third etc. So much so, we booked an extra night. For us it was a superb eating experience starting with the flavoured fresh baked speciality breads (again changed daily), through each of the four courses. All served efficiently and politely by attentive staff in a well presented dining room. Wonderful. Indeed, our enjoyment and appreciation was shared by our fellow guests. Breakfast also, was delicious although 2 points of constructive comment – agree with a previous reviewer that the full English was a bit dry plus the Cumberland sausage was not very wholesome. However, the smoked haddock in a light cream sauce and the scrambled egg with smoked salmon on a muffin were more than worthy alternatives. One tip here – if you like a fairly strong pot of tea, request an extra teabag or two.

Finally, again we would strongly suggest you access the hotel’s informative website to gain an impression of what’s being offered, especially in terms of room selection and menus. The hotel rightfully and proudly displays its culinary and other awards. Furthermore, take advantage of the special offers that are posted. We left after our 4 nights feeling thoroughly rested and cosseted and more than pleased with our choice. This was a good one.

Stayed March 2007
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 2 January 2007

My fiancée and I spent two nights in the East Turret room in Dec 2006. The room was small but comfortable and we liked the little staircase leading up to a quirky ante-room with fabulous views of the lake and surrounding fells. The bathroom was a little disappointing. It was small and the shower base did not drain properly neither did the shower head stay where it was placed!

The foreign staff were approachable but appeared to be outwardly harrassed and struggled to understand any orders which varied from the menu. The proprietors were much more friendly and relaxed and were more than happy to dry our outdoor clothing after a damp day on the fells.

Sadly we were only able to eat in the restaurant on one of the two nights as the restaurant was full. As residents, we were a little surprised and disappointed by this as the food we sampled the previous night was plentiful and of high quality. However, we found a thoroughly decent indian restaurant (The Royal Bengal) on the aptly named Central Car Park Road which was only a stones throw from the hotel (although I don't think parking would be a problem if you took the car!).

Breakfast was fine (although the standard full English could do with some beans as it was a bit dry - especially with the black pudding).

We had requested a packed lunch during our stay which cost a whopping £6 each! This was perhaps the only real disappointment as the contents did not even come close to matching the expense. The little 'extras' offered by the hotel could well do with a downward tweak in prices as we note an earlier review had a similar issue with a wine bucket and glasses.

All in all, a good solid hotel and restaurant which enjoys a premium spot in a fine Cumbrian town.

  • Liked — Views from East Turret
  • Disliked — Expensive packed lunces
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Dearham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2006

Great food - best we have had anywhere - room acceptable, ensuite a bit small, but we did not spend much time in the room anyway. Free internet access a boon!

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Book early
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
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London
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2006

I can't disagree with much of what is said in previous reviews as it really depends how high you set your expectations - so all I can say is that, having stayed in many of the worlds's finest hotels and eaten in many of the world's best restaurants, I have the following comments:

1. Service - absolutely exemplary and very friendly
2. Rooms (we stayed in 17) - clean, comfortable and spacious with a lovely view (though there is a golf course between you and the lake)
3. Location - five minutes walk to one of the best views in the Lake District and a similar distance to town centre (though this is a small, Lake District town after all)
4. Food - I really wanted to say it is amazing but the truth is that despite the excellent presentation, it's really no better than good gastropub food, though there certainly is plenty of it! This doesn't mean to say its not very tasty just don't expect anything approaching Gordon Ramsay.

Overall though I would have no hesitation recommending this place if you are visiting the Lakes.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — nothing was worth complaining about
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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weston super mare
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2006

We stayed at the highfield for 3 nights on the 22nd july. we stayed in the turret room, which had another room up some stairs, where you could sit. It had a lovely veiw. The only thing wrong with this room is the bathroom is far too small. It was our anniversary on the 24th and the owners put a teddy in our room which was a very nice touch, also they put "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate around the side of our dessert plate. It was a nice surprise to see it. I dont know how the people in the last reveiw can say the food was terrible. We found the food excellent. Not the food we were used too, but was of a very high standard. We tasted food that we had never eaten in our lives. Thats how good it was. Ladies forget your diets if your staying at this hotel.

  • Liked — food and views
  • Disliked — bathroom
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Highfield Hotel
Address: The Heads, Keswick CA12 5ER, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
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Hotel Class:3 star — Highfield Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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