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“Mixed feelings” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dale Head Hall

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Dale Head Hall
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Manchester, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

I actually quite liked it here. I don't want to go on and on so I'll say it how it is and be truthful. This place is not for everyone. It's quite out of the way even though it's off a main road and not up the lanes or anything. It is the only property on the lake so feels very exclusive and lovely. The location is second to none. There is a nice pub nearby over the road too so that's handy. But that's where the positives have to stop. Although the location is beautiful and it's lovely in the spring / summer to sip some wine outside in the front, we found that other 'areas' of the 'hotel experience' to be lacking and very lacking in some cases. It just depends on what your expectations are like and what sort of person you are. This place isn't luxury and I think it lacks investment and certainly lacks attention to detail and customer service. It doesn't feel like it's geared up sufficiently to be a hotel or B&B. Service was generally poor and certain things were not available. There wasn't much choice on the menu and the kitchen seemed badly prepared. The room was a good size and had a good view but we felt the overall package was somewhat below par. It was more like staying at a house that belonged to friends of friends. I thought that compared with other hotels and B&Bs in the lakes, this place has room to improve. Having said all that, if location, peace and isolation are the chief prerequisites with nothing else mattering as much, then give this place a go. I am in two minds about firmly recommending this place because when one spends £140 ++ per night, you feel you deserve some quality service and treatment for your money. Here the building and location are the wow factors and not much else.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Lichfield
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

I arrived in the dark and had to ask for directions as the sat nav directs you to some cottages half a mile away but once I arrived I knew that the view tomorrow morning would be worth it....and it was was. We got upgraded to a room with a lakeside view which would otherwise be well worth the money.
Breakfast was a hearty affair with a good selection to choose from but you can't go wrong with their porridge and full English.
We ate in the Kings Head across the road both nights which is also also excellent (good food and ales, plus friendly staff) but take a torch for the walk as this is the middle of the countryside!
The true benefit of Dale Head Hall struck home to me when I popped into Keswick which in contrast is a bustling tourist trap and I was only too glad to retreat back to more peaceful surroundings. As it is the only occupied property on the lake you feel that you have the valley to yourself which unusual for the Lakes. I would recommend a quick yomp up the nearby hill (Great How?) so you can look down upon your fiefdom and take in the full panorama ( and get a phone signal!).
I would

Room Tip: Rooms 11 and 15 have lake views.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Penzance, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed in the Tack Room in the last week of September and were blessed with lovely weather. This is our second visit and certainly will nto be our last. The Tack Room is warm,comfortable and clean with most things being catered for. The cottage is superbly placed for a walking holiday and the location means that there are many walks straight from the door without taking the car!
The Tack Room was competitively priced and accomodated us and our large doberman very well. The lakeside walk is superb especially first thing in the morning. We found the owners very helpful without being intrusive. There are many walks still to do and so we will be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

Unpleasant hosts who provide overpriced dirty accommodation & demand payment in advance, do not provide restaurant service to self catering guests. The bedding was too small for bed old blankets and old dirty pillows resulted in us having to go and buy new pillows & cases the bathroom toilet & shower was dirty, TV only had limited channels & DVD video did no work, no phone signal and arm chairs were very uncomfortable Would not recommend to my worst enemy

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

A beautiful setting by the lake. Friendly staff. Excellent breakfast. We had been upgraded to a junior 4 poster room which was a stunning room and completely unexpected. Only reason not five stars is it advertises a restaurant which is not promoted and the entrance is a bit tired which is a shame as its out of keeping with other areas. Throughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

We've had one amazing stay at this place. Completely secluded from crowds. In beautiful scenery and the only place on the lake. Phillip was so very helpful and gave us great tips for outings. He assisted us with maps, advices and bookings. Shame we only didn't have time to try their fine dining as the breakfasts were delicious. Thank you for such beautiful stay . We are definitely coming back. Lucia and Nick Tentis

  • Stayed August 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

The setting begins with a lovely view of the lake and gardens that the owners clearly lavish attention on, but our spirits sank as we entered an interior that we found gloomy. We soon felt the onset of dust allergies. We expressed our unhappiness with the dust and lack of light and air to the owners. They responded that it was inconceivable that the hotel was dusty and if we left we would forfeit two nights of rental deposit and the fees for the breakfasts. We suffered one hot, unpleasant night then, abandoning our deposits, moved out early the next morning.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Dale Head Hall

Property: Dale Head Hall
Address: Lake Thirlmere, Keswick CA12 4TN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Dale Head Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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