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Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 173 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ambleside, United Kingdom
1 review
“Everything you could wish for and more!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stayed at Portland House on our walk along the Cumbria Way and it was by far and away the best accommodation experience we had on the whole trip.
The house is in a very handy location within a couple of minutes walk of all the town centre has to offer, yet a couple of streets away from any hustle and bustle and traffic so wonderfully peaceful and quiet.
The rooms are large and airy, the en suite was modern and pristine and there was nothing we could have needed that hadn't already been thought of...from heat mats for straighteners to delicious home-made shortbread on the tea tray.
The breakfast menu was varied with lots of different options, (even the cereals had a range of seeds and fruit to mix in) and it was obvious that only quality, fresh products had been used...oh and a beautiful bowl of fresh cut fruit salad was just perfect.
The hosts Denise and Rod were very welcoming and gave us a great suggestion of a restaurant that was wonderful...great local knowledge to help you get the most our of your stay in the area.
All in all a fantastic experience!

Room Tip: Top tip 1 - book direct with Portland House themselves on 017687 74230 not through an internet inter...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Thank you for this excellent review and your great comments about your stay - we do try our best to provide everything to make a stay enjoyable and it is nice to know it is appreciated.
Being on the Cumbria Way we have a lot of guests who overnight here (we do try to accommodate a one night stay where possible) or quite often have a 2 night stopover and a rest day.
We do take online bookings through our own website for stays of 2 or more nights and we do not use internet sites that charge commission.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Couldn't have asked for better hospitality from great hosts. From the accommodation to the breakfast we couldn't fault this place. Denise and Rod looked after us from the minute we arrived and made us feel like nothing was too much bother.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Thank you Alice for posting this review. It was good to see you all again and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you next time you have a family get together!
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We regularly stay at Portland House for short breaks and every time we have great service. The hosts Rod and Denise couldn't be more helpful or friendly and we feel like part of a family when we go. I am in a wheelchair and I use their downstairs room. They have recently had their en-suite updated and although it isn't classed as a wheelchair accessible facility, for a lot of wheelchair users it would be and it would definitely be worth a visit, or phone call if you think it might suit your needs. The food is always great and plentiful and the tea or coffee keep flowing. It is a short walk into the town centre and the scenery is spectacular, what more can you ask for.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
It was great to see you again Jane and Tony, and we are so pleased you like our re-furbished downstairs room and en-suite. We are flattered that you feel like you are visiting family when you come here - we look forward to seeing you both. Don't forget to call next time you fancy a break and we will do our best to make the ground floor room available for you.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I had a very comfortable and quiet two-night stay here as a single traveller in late June 2014.
The room was clean and basic, with decent plumbing (nice toilet, good water pressure, and sufficient hot water), and the full cooked breakfast was wonderfully sumptuous. The hosts Denise and Rod were gracious and helpful, and I've received good tips on nearby eateries. There's also a small bookshelf of local guides and maps that came in quite handy for exploring the northern Lake District.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
We were pleased to be able to offer you advice on places to help you make the most of your short stay here. Our single room is very popular being en-suite and a good size with the added bonus of a great view towards Latrigg and Blencathra. Thank you for posting this review.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Portland House is still a 'home from home'....we returned after our stay last year and things are just the same. Friendly welcome, comfortable surroundings and spotlessly clean! Rooms were bright and airy with good facilities. Breakfast was excellent and the proprietors were as attentive as always with helpful suggestions for trips and activities in the area. A little gem in the heart of Keswick!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, it is a great compliment when guests return and also take the time to post reviews - thank you! We are looking forward to seeing you both again soon.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Cornwall
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Every detail thought of - and free entertainment from Rod thrown in! We have no hesitation in recommending this b&b in terms of hospitality, comfort and quality of breakfast. Denise and Rod could not have been more welcoming.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Rands9
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
We are pleased you enjoyed your 2 night break with us as part of your Cumbria Way walk. The 'rest' day (although you did manage to fit in Cat Bells!) set you up for the next leg to Caldbeck, and we often get walkers who do this. Thank you for your great comments, we hope that you may come back and do some more walking in this area, although we know you also live in a beautiful part of the Country.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Fife
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

this is the second time that we have stayed at this B&B, the first time was about three years ago, and the standard of this lovely B&B has not decreased in the interim. Rod and Denise are a delightful couple who go out of their way to welcome you.
I would definitely recommend a stay.

Pity that Rod was busy raising money for 'Blood Bikes' (look it up) so wasnt able to go on a rideout with us... but maybe next time.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
It was good to see you both again, we were sorry not to have had time to ride out with you this time.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for posting another review - we really appreciate it. Next time you come we will hopefully be able to take you out and show you some different roads to ride!
Best wishes
Denise
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Property: Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 19 Leonard Street, Keswick CA12 4EL, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 173 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Portland House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive Victorian residence in a quiet area within easy walking distance of Keswick town centre, theatre and the lake. Our six en-suite guest rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished. Breakfasts are freshly cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients and include traditional English with vegetarian options, or choose from several lighter options. Special diets can be catered for and all beverages are Fair trade. A warm welcome awaits you. Completely non smoking and sorry no pets or children under 12 years. ... more   less 
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Portland House Bed And Breakfast Keswick, Lake District

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