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“Lakeland Sanctuary”

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The Keswick Country House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Matlock Bath
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“Lakeland Sanctuary”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

We returned to this hotel for a birthday treat having been really impressed on our first visit. It is superbly located for those who love Fell Walking. It has a real old world charm to it having once been the Station Hotel with linked covered walkway from the platform. The rooms are very warm, comfortable and have all the facilities you need. The restaurant looks out over the Hotel gardens and the food is absolutely superb with an excellent choice of menu for dinner and an amazing self service breakfast buffet. My wife and I wouldn't hesitate in returning to this hotel for future breaks.

Room Tip: Rooms on the south and west side have the best views.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We booked a deluxe room with a garden view, and the views were beautiful. The staff were friendly and dealt with everything from booking through to checking out in an efficient manner. The building itself is stunning and has plenty of history. Unfortunately the decor in the rooms and the public areas is looking tired and in need of updating. Whenever it was last decorated it appears to have been done cheaply and not in keeping with the grand old building. With investment to decorate the interior in a style more in keeping with the period of the building it could be truly stunning. Unfortunately, as it is a chain I doubt this will happen. We were also slightly disappointed by the breakfast as it was a buffet style and whenever we have stayed elsewhere in the Lake District we have always had freshly cooked breakfasts and had come to expect this. Overall I would recommend this hotel for the location and views but with a the advice that the interior won't match up to the promise of the exterior!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

This was a surprise break for me organised by my boyfriend and he deserves a huge pat on the back as this hotel is lovely. It has a real old world feel to it and is well maintained for its age. We were in a junior suite which overlooked the gardens which are very pretty and well kept. The room was large, comfortable and very clean. All the staff are friendly, helpful and efficient and the food is excellent although drinks in the bar are pricey. The hotel has a good sized car park and is only 5 minutes walk from the town centre. I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Try and book a room that doesn't overlook the car park.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Billinghay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Part of Choice Hotels chain, central booking.
Stayed several times, always been happy with the experience.
Check in efficient, comfy seats in reception area if need to wait.
Booked double room this time as cheaper option, usually book the suite.
Room 308, nice double room, small clean en suite shower room. Adequate for cost. Unfortunately radiator wasn't working and no hot water, maintenance had tried to fix to no avail. Not a problem as we were relocated to 304. A suite overlooking the putting green, similar to previous visits, we were very pleased and appreciative as we hadn't expected to have an upgrade.
The room was very clean, large bathroom , bath with shower over. Warm and cosy, king size bed, very comfy, lovely nights sleep despite the howling winds and rain. Heavy curtains helped.
The food has always been excellent, lovely breakfast and evening meals. One of the party had ham hock terrine and it had bones, that wasn't very pleasant, otherwise excellent.
The hotel decor downstairs is tired and well worn but that's part of the charm of the hotel and the experience. The quirkiness leads to a lovely calm, friendly atmosphere and the staff are part of that. Very polite, plenty of them and always willing to help where needed.
Only a short easy walk into the town centre, great location.
Old railway line cycle track at the back of the hotel, 3 mile walk or cycle along to Threlkeld for pub stop.
We go with friends or family, it's perfect for small groups. Always a happy atmosphere with like minded folk in the bar/ lounge area.
Thank you to all the staff again, lovely short stay. See you again soon x

Room Tip: The suites are lovely but the double we had first was fine.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed just before christmas for one night. Great location with a ten min walk to the pubs and shops etc. it's a little dated and could do with a bit of money spending on it, the corridors smelt a little musty. However there are a lot of old features around the hotel and the room was comfortable. There was a wedding party so breakfast was a little noisy and crowded with people pushing to get food. I will go back as it is good value.

Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Stayed in one of the station rooms, I thought it was a little expensive at £110 for the night and but then I realised dinner was included and thought it may be wasn't so bad.

The room itself was warm, nicely decorated everything was spotless, extra pillows in plastic bags so you know they haven't be used, Keswick chocolates in the room, bottled water, the bathroom was spotless, I truly believe the floor in the bathroom was was clean enough to use as a plate, no dust on anything, kettle was clean, bedding spotless, no rips tears, wholes.

Curtains were really thick and shut out the light.

The restaurant for dinner was clean, menu had 5/6 choices of starter and same amount of choices of mains, there was something for everything I believe, I had the duck leg starter and I think it was perfect, skin crispy onions caramelised but not burnt, sauce was extremely more-ish. The pork main I had was cooked well, charred marking right amount of gravy simply a good tasty food.

I could images that the meal me had would have been £60 for the two of us making the room only £50 for bed and breakfast seem really good.

The only thing I could complain about really was the amount of food. There simply wasn't enough but that could be a personal thing I'm 191cm and 112kg so I eat a fair bit I could of had more.

Flavour of the food presentation was devine.

Breakfast on the other hand was the all you can eat full English buffet style and I more than made up for being hungry the night before.

Good selection of whole fruits, pastries, cereals, what looked like fresh fruit salad, fruit juices, etc. good full English selection, all help your self. I was stuffed by the end.

Really nice hotel, really really nice food, car parking seemed good. Wifi seemed hit and miss, zero wifi in the station room we were in.

Overall no really enjoyable night.

Room Tip: Station rooms seem very nice and appear to be more peaceful
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

As always Keswick country house hotel is great value. The staff are friendly and professional, the rooms are now clean and fresh following a refurbishment. Food is excellent with the breakfast bar offering good choice. If there is a criticism its the lounge bar prices. A real ale is offered ( Tyrell Old faithful ) but is not priced in line with the pubs in Keswick, I would suggest that if the price was comparable more guests would stay in the hotel bar and night and spend their money there. Also given that there is a brewery at the bottom of the road why dont Choice explore the possibility of them producing the Hotel its own beer which could also be sold in Patterdale & Blackpool.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Keswick Country House Hotel
Address: Station Road, Keswick CA12 4NQ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Keswick Country House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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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