We have just returned from another wonderful stay at Lake View. We have stayed at many B&Bs in the Lake district and this is certainly the best of these. We have stayed several times now. The rooms are spotless, beautifully decorated, beds have wonderful crisp bedlinen and there are lots of little thoughtful "extras" (e.g. home made biscuits with the tea/coffee in the rooms) and the whole ambience of the place is lovely - very relaxing and welcoming with a "country house hotel" feel without the associated price tag - although it is important to remember that this is NOT a hotel, it's a guest house, and yes you are staying in someone's house, although Catherine and Stuart have a completely separate area at the back of the house so they certainly are not on top of the guests all the time.
Another bonus at Lakeview is the ability to have an evening meal - Catherine is a wonderful chef- the food, although there isn't an extensive choice(2 starters, 2 mains,2 desserts) is absolutely fantastic and beautifully presented- from the home made bread rolls with the first course to the home made meringue petit-fours served with coffee at the end of the meal, and you can even bring your own wine ! Breakfasts are also a treat with an excellent choice including beautiful fresh fruit salads.
We were astounded to read a previous poor review and can't help thinking that either they have got the place confused with somewhere else (especially since we noted that the review was posted a year after their stay) or that they do not know what to expect from guest house accommodation-if you want complete privacy and do not welcome interaction with other guests or your hosts then this is probably not the place for you. For us, however guest house accommodation is so much more of a personal experience (we have stayed in many both in the UK and in other countries!).
Catherine and Stuart are, in our opinion the perfect hosts who have managed to balance providing a warm welcome to guests whilst allowing them enough privacy and "space".
We stayed with friends-2 other couples- so took over all three rooms. It was like a private house party and we could not have had a better time. Thanks once again Stuart and Catherine, we hope to be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A fine Edwardian house situated in the heart of Portinscale enjoying an elevated south facing location overlooking lake and fells. Three comfortably furnished rooms offer ensuite facilities. Relax in the sitting room after wonderful home cooked food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake View Guest House Keswick/Portinscale, Lake District