Some people clearly love this place and its old school charm and very attentive hosts. There is no doubt it is in an incredible setting and the place is immaculate.
However we felt it was very old fashioned and not as relaxed as we would like - the hosts are perhaps trying a bit too hard despite this clearly coming from a very genuine place and they clearly put an awful lot effort into it all. The canapes and dining experience is very formal, the food was good but expensive for what you get, the room was nice but old fashioned and dated. The music in the dining room was ok but got annoying when the same CD was played on loop both nights we stayed.
The hosts were keen that we write a review on here and we felt almost bullied into agreeing that it was a 'wonderful experience and that we would definitely return'. The effort required to point out some of our less favourable views felt too much to muster when we're trying to chill out on holiday.
In summary - my parents would totally love it but for two 30 something's it felt too formal and stiff for our taste.It felt expensive for what we got,and although we still had a wonderful time and could appreciate how conscientious the hosts are and what a stunning setting it is, we won' t be coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury hotel in the heart of the English Lake District personally owned and run by Mike and Kath Bilton. A warm welcome awaits - hospitality and food are our passions, and the hotel has recently been voted in the top three Fine Dining Restaurants in Cumbria with an AA 2 Rosette Restaurant supplemented by a 75 bin wine list. Local wildlife including red squirrels can be seen in abundance in the gardens, and spectacular walks and drives start from the hotel's door. Seven bedrooms all with beautiful mountain views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swinside Hotel Newlands
- Swinside Hotel Keswick
- Swinside Lodge Hotel Keswick/Newlands, Lake District