We recently spent 4 nights at the Derwentwater Hotel in Portinscale and thoroughly enjoyed it. Portinscale is next to Keswick in the Lake District and it is absolutely beautiful. The scenery is magnificent.
The hotel is an old building with not much happening, but if you want a nice peaceful, quiet break in the Lake District then it is excellent. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant staff all seemed to be foreign but they were all so polite and helpful, they couldn't do enough for you. The food was, in my opinion, excellent, with some choice every meal time. There wasn't much enertainment in the evenings - only one evening in fact - and I suppose that could be a let down for some people but for us it was a plus. We wanted a nice quiet break and that was what we got. Our room was comfortable with a good view of the lake - Derwentwater. Perhaps if we go again, and I am sure we will, we will upgrade to a better room. This is purely for our own choice as there was nothing wrong with our room as it was. The grounds of the hotel went right down to the edge of the lake and was a very pleasant walk.
Unfortunately the weather in this part of England is very debatable and you can get a lot of rain and we did. We did have some good weather though and we saw a lot of the Lake District. We were also able to go across to Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland and up into Scotland as it was all quite close by.
All in all I would recommend a visit to the Lake District. I would definitely recommend a stay at the Derwentwater Hotel as I am sure you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take in the serenity of our grounds, and you’ll find pastures teeming with wildlife. Gaze across Derwentwater and you’ll find majestic fells, shrouded in time and mystery. Within the hotel, you’ll find an excellent standard of service, and all the facilities you’d expect from a Coast & Country venue. You’ll find an intimate, relaxed feel throughout, and a warm, friendly service at all times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Derwentwater Hotel Keswick/Portinscale, Lake District