I didn't chose Cross Keys. I was just put there by the company that I visited for a week.
And that, I am soo thankful for. The hotel is in the southern Lake District and the little city of Milnthorpe is at its very best in late May. Beatrix Potter used to live in the area and her books and illustrations with rolling hills, little rivers, trees and flowers seem to influence the people living here.
The landlord and his wife and the five girls in the bar/restaurant made my stay pleasant and memorable.
The hotel is in a building that probably has been there since fifteenth or sixteenth century and extended/modernized over the years. Winding staircases and corridors - as always in real British Inns - but very well functioning in all respect. From the large selection of Ales and Lagers in the bar to the well-equipped bathroom with generous towels and frotté gowns.
The weather was nice but not hot, so I do not know what the rooms will be like in the summer. But surroundings are quiet and I slept with windows open all nigts.
The real surprise was how the locals treated a "damn furriner" like me. I was immediatley accepted and had great fun every night. I also visited the local Cricket Club and learned "all" about Cricket. I realize that I didn't - but I sure felt like I did.
Great stay at a decent cost. Will go there again. Andthen my wife will be there, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is surrounded by a wealth of history, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as Leighton Moss, and a wide range of visitor attractions Milnthorpe has a long history - its busy Friday street market in the Square dates from 1334. The village's heyday was from the middle of the eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth centuries when many of the buildings in the centre of the village (now a conservation area) were completed including the present Cross Keys Hotel. When the turnpike road between Kendal and Lancaster was constructed through the village nearly two hundred years ago Milnthorpe became an important staging post and the Cross Keys gained a fine reputation as a coaching inn with stabling for 36 horses ... more less
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