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The Heights Hotel
Ranked #153 of 189 Keswick B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I have been visiting this hotel for the past four years. What a fantastic hotel. Beautiful views over Keswick and Derwent Water. The restaurant is fully vegetarian. Now, I am certainly not a vegetarian, but the meals are delicious. The host and hostess are wonderful, pleasant people. The bar attached to the hotel sells a good range of local bears. If you are visiting Keswick, or the surrounding area, make sure you book a room at "The Heights Hotel".

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

spent the easter weekend at the heights hotel with my wife and dogs,they stayed in the car,the dogs that is but were allowed to sit by the fire at night .
barry and van are very nice people and very helpful.
we are not vegitairians but did have an evening meal ,very nice.
the breakfast was good also and we also ate out which they didn't have problem with.
the room was clean and warm and veiws fantastic.
nice people,nice place at the right money.

Room Tip: room 1 fantastic views
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We rolled into Keswick in the late afternoon, off season, without having previously booked accomodation, and were directed to The Heights when the tourist office staffperson heard we were vegetarians. The hotel is in a beautiful location on a high hillside outside of town. Our room was simple but very clean, and Van and Barry couldn't have been more welcoming. The attached pub is centuries old and very cozy. We had outstanding, filling breakfasts and dinners and found the dinner menu full of many enticing choices. Anyone who is not a vegetarian should certainly give it a try--excellent, hearty comfort food that just happens to be vegetarian. The hotel is a great starting point for some nice walks. We took in Walla Crag for spectacular views of the lake and surrounding area, and you can also easily walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle. It would be hard to find more accomodating and welcoming hosts than the proprietors of The Heights Hotel!

Room Tip: Ask for a room looking out towards the lake.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

Great place to stay. Delicious food, friendly family owners and really clean. A little out of the town so best if you have a car, but walks can be done from the door. I recommend a good footpath map (i.e. A-Z) to help you navigate walks from the hotel. Bar is lovely too.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Just returned from another magical weekend at the Heights Hotel and already planning our next visit. Van and Barry really are the perfect hosts, their warmth, kindness and generosity always amazes us. We have stayed in several rooms and all have their own charm, are clean and well presented with all the amenities you need. Some have beautiful views of Skiddaw and this time we got a real treat with an early morning mist over Derwent water. One of the nicest features of the hotel is the residents bar with its log fire and cosy ambiance. The public bar is unpretentious and full of character (and characters!) and the perfect place to spend an evening with a pint of Loweswater Gold after a day on the hills. The bar menu is all vegetarian and an absolute delight. Everything we have tried from the menu has been delicious especially the vegetarian 'crispy duck'. Good portions for the money and Van frequently adds little extras when experimenting with something new. Breakfasts are equally as tasty and there is a wide variety of cereals, fruit and yogurt before you tuck into your full veggie breakfast. Perfect before heading out onto the hills! We can't say enough about the Heights, it's a place that is very easy to fall in love with it really does feel like home from home.
Oh and we haven't even mentioned the garden and it's views yet......the heights really is a special place.

Andrew & Heather

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We had googled vegetarian places to eat in Keswick and found "The Heights". We were staying in a friend's house, so didn't need their accommodation. We phoned and booked a meal at their "restaurant"
We parked in the car park, but weren't allowed into the resident's bar or restaurant and were directed to the "pub" part of the building, which was gloomy and very dated. We certainly needn't have bothered to change our clothes for the occasion!!
Most of the menu items were quorn or tofu advertised as meat alternative dishes. I plumped for sweet and sour "chicken". The sauce was reasonable but the main taste was the cooking oil in which the quorn had been deep fried. I had indigestion for several hours after.
My wife fared better with the vegetarian chilli, but it was not particularly inspiring.

Over our week in Keswick we found much better prepared and tasting vegetarian food in pubs and bistros in town.

If you are vegetarian and want good food, then don't be fooled by the fact that this is a "Vegetarian Hotel".

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

What a wonderful hotel. What a wonderful location. What wonderful hosts - Barry and Van are absolutely fantastic. Lets not forget the food - yes, wonderful. There is nothing to fault at The Heights Hotel.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Heights Hotel

Address: Rakefoot Lane, Keswick CA12 4TE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #153 of 189 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Heights Hotel is a fully vegetarian, family run, hotel and bar set in beautiful grounds overlooking the picturesque Lake District town of Keswick. The bar and beer garden are open to non-residents from 6pm to 11pm, with meals available till 9pm. The garden has fine panoramic views of Skiddaw, Blencathra, Catbells and Bassenthwaite. There is ample free parking. All the rooms are ensuite and are comfortably appointed with stunning mountain views. In the evenings we serve an exciting range of home cooked vegetarian meals, prepared from fresh local produce and enjoying a very good reputation. Please take a look at the review pages. We are also happy to cater for parties and functions. Please call to talk to us. The hotel will provide you with an excellent base from which to explore Cumbria and the Northern and Western Lakes, whether; walking, cycling or driving. ... more   less 
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The Heights Hotel Keswick, Lake District

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