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Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 175 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lambertville, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“We should just stop now.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This was our first visit to the Lake District and our first ever stay at a B+B and we could not have been more pleased!! Portland House is beautifully decorated, lovingly maintained and perfectly located in Keswick. It was an easy walk to town and to the lake, Derwentwater. Denise and Rod are warm and gracious hosts. Denise is also an amazing cook and baker and Rod is charming and great fun and gave us terrific advice on how to see the best sites in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return!
Thank you Denise and Rod!
(PS - Our 2nd B+B stay in Edinburgh did not even come CLOSE in comparison to Portland House.)

Room Tip: We were in the beautiful triple room which had great views of the town and mountains and was perfect...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
We are so pleased you enjoyed your first experience of a B&B in Great Britain with us and that you hope to return one day! There is so much more for you to do and see in our lovely area and we will be happy to give you more ideas. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip despite the next B&B not being quite so good.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Kingham Oxon
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Each time we stay,(more than 5 times over the years) Denise and Rod have added another tweak to the welcome and general atmosphere. A comfortable and stylish friendly B and B; Truly well done! John and Brenda I

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Thank you John and Brenda for another excellent review. We do appreciate your comments about how we try to keep improving - it makes our hard work worthwhile! We always enjoy having you both to stay and look forward to the next time.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We have visited Portland House every July since Denise and Rod opened. This B&B has deserved top rating since their first year and has got better every year. It fully merits all the reviewers’ plaudits and all the awards it has received. Denise and Rod are cheerful, friendly, welcoming and warm hearted. Nothing is too much trouble for them to make your stay comfortable and happy. Each year they come up with some more extras to make your stay that bit better than you could have expected. We thoroughly, unreservedly and unhesitatingly recommend you to stay at Portland House. You won’t find a better place to stay.
Margaret and Bob

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
We look forward to seeing you both each year and we thank you so much for posting this excellent review. It is good to know that our regular guests notice the changes we make each year to make their stay more enjoyable.
Very best wishes Bob and Margaret, we look forward to seeing you again next year - your room is reserved!
Denise and Rod
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

B&Bs really don't get any better than this. Lovely clean, bright and ample rooms and comfy beds, everything you could want for breakfast (and very well cooked too!) and some excellent banter with Rod and Denise. The location is ideal, just a few minutes walk from Keswick centre. Also very well appreciated were the tips Rod and Denise shared for things to visit and places to eat.

You really can't go wrong staying here. We would come back any time!

Room Tip: Can certainly recommend room 5. Can't comment on the others!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
It as a pleasure to meet both of you and we particularly enjoyed our morning chats. Thank you for posting this excellent review. We were pleased to be able to offer ideas for places to see during your stay and that you were able to make the most of your few days here. We hope to see you again one day.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I stayed at the Portland House last week and had an excellent stay. Good accommodation for single travellers is difficult to find but this came up trumps! Very comfortable bed (makes all the difference) and an excellent selection of toiletries provided in the en-suite shower room.

Denise and Rod made me feel very welcome and offered a great choice of breakfasts. There was fresh milk available too for tea/coffee in the evenings.

The location is very convenient both for town and for the buses to Penrith and Windermere. It's definitely a place I'd go back to.

Room Tip: Each room is described on the website. Book early!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Thank you Fiona for your great review, we appreciate the comments you have made about your stay with us. We were pleased that you were able to get out and about and see so much of the Lake District during your week here, and hope that you will come back and see us again.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

This is a really lovely B&B, close to the town and the Keswick Convention - rooms are spotlessly clean, great breakfasts - cooked to order, home made shortbread biscuits in your room to greet you each day. Denise & Rod couldn't be more helpful, lovely couple. Really recommend this to you!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
We were so pleased that you came back again this year to stay, it was great to see you both.
Thank you for posting another excellent review - we do appreciate it.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

My husband and I stayed here with our 2 teenage boys during a month-long touring holiday in the UK. It was by far the best accommodation of the whole trip
The accommodation was well presented and immaculately clean.
Ideal location, just a few minutes walk from Keswick town centre in a quiet location.
Denise and Rod were very welcoming with a great sense of humour.
The breakfast cannot be faulted.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Thank you Susie for posting this review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. It is a great compliment that you felt we were the best place that you stayed in during your month long trip to the UK!
We hope you may come back to see us again next time you are back in England.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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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 #1 of 175 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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