We stayed for 2 nights on an internet deal. The concern was whether the hotel would be decent, and if it was, would the food be any good. Having read loads of positive reviews of the hotel, we were feeling a little happier. On arrival, there wasn't a car parking space within 100 yards,so we parked up on the nearby 2 hour disc parking, and went for a coffee in town. On our return, about 2.30pm, parking was no better. Hotel reception asked us to be patient as there was a large Christmas lunch until 3pm and parking would be available after then. We checked in, and true to the receptionist's advice, about 3.30pm, spaces were free. We were in room 108, a double aspect room which looks out to the front of the building. We were concerned to find our room was directly above the bar. We needn't have been - there wasn't a sound from the bar at any time during our stay. Excellent. The room was super - spacious, warm, quiet and pretty well spotless. The bed wasn't really to our taste - quite soft, but that can't really be marked against it. The restaurant, used for breakfast and dinner, as well as lunches etc. is fabulous. It's very intimate - as far as a large room can be - and all the staff are very efficient and attentive. Dinner on both nights was truly excellent, with good choices, including vegetarian, and without heavy, cloying sauces masking the food. We had a bottle of wine included on our first night, and the choices were good, averaging £15 on the wine list. Breakfast was pretty standard - a buffet affair - but fresh, hot where necessary, and accompanied by good tea and coffee. There was certainly no need for lunch! The hotel's location is perfect. It's far enough away from the town to be clear of the hubbub, but easily accessible too. It's very quiet at night, which is good, as there's just single glazing in the rooms in keeping with the character of a 150 year old railway hotel. The railway walk from the rear of the hotel to Threlkeld (8 miles return), is recommended. It's very interesting, criss crossing the, sometimes rough River Greta, and there's loads of wildlife to be seen, including red squirrels at the Threlkeld end. The hotel was everything we could have wanted, and we left feeling very happy with our break, and determined to visit again. It's a perfect venue for couples or small groups, which the staff cater for very well, but perhaps/less so for families with younger children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful Lake District country house hotel. This elegant Victorian building stands proudly in four acres of tended gardens and walkways and enjoys views of the surrounding Lake District fells. Close by is the bustling market town of Keswick, with its eclectic mix of shops, pubs and restaurants. For the adventurous, Lake Derwentwater offers a variety of water sports with numerous walks and mountain bike trails beginning at its shores. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keswick Country Hotel
- Keswick Country House Hotel
- The Keswick Country House Hotel Lake District