The Keswick Country House Hotel
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After a lovely breakfast we packed our overnight bags, had a chat with Ian and Deb, owners of Ewich House, and were on our way to Keswick. Ian convinced Kent to take the Trossachs Trail which took us past a lovely waterfall at Killin and then through beautiful scenery. We made a stop at Aberfoyle for a drink and soon after we joined the motorway. It added about an hour to our journey, but it was worth it. We came off the M6 at Penrith and found our ...
... and some ups and downs through nice farmland. We arrived at noon to the welcome sight of Lake Windermere, and strolled down the streets to the beautiful Bowness town centre and lake front. So many people! Probably not as crowded as mid-summer, but after the last few days it was strange to be among so many tourists. We felt relief and a sense of achievement to have made it here.
Our B&B was close by ...
... the next lush grassy meadow. We met a local sheep farmer George and watched his dog Chip round up the sheep. George was well into his 80’s, and Chip about the same in dog years, both on heart tablets. George loved to talk – and we could have listened to him all day except the path called as usual.
Our guide book had mentioned the complexity of this stage of the walk, so we tried to pay close attention to its instructions. Our map and phone GPS ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
Another fine breakfast fuelled us up for another day on the trail. Early progress was hampered by the need to stop, pick and eat some of the many ripe blackberries growing by the side of the track. It was overcast still but windless and warm, so it was down to t-shirts until around lunch time when we passed through the beautiful little village of Dent, home of the geology pioneer ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Keswick Country House Hotel
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
The Manager and staff were superb.
I had a small issue at the bar and the bars manager was not very helpful although his supervisor dealt with my issue in an excellent manner.
The food was excellent, bedrooms lovely and I would certainly visit again.
Not the finest.
I stayed here 12 months ago on a xmas party night. Not much has changed, the room was basic and quite shabby, with a poor, cramped bathroom. The rooms are nothing to get excited about. However the staff are excellent, very helpful and courteous. The breakfast is all you can eat, and therefore represents good value if you eat like a horse in the morning. The foyer is a bit cramped so checkout was a little awkward as it seemed everyone wanted to leave at the same time. It's just the rooms that let this place down, it is an old building but some renovation is definately required.
Enjoyed our three day stay at the hotel. Ideally located near to the town centre which is great if you want to find somewhere to eat and have a 'snifter' of an evening. Approach can be a bit dark as street lighting is poor.
My husband and I have just returned from 4 wonderful days at the Keswick. It was our second stay and we are busy planning our third. Not the most expensive or highest rated hotel on the lakes but in our opinion certainly the best value for money and the food is superb. From the moment you arrive the atmosphere takes over and you start to unwind and sink into the mellow surroundings of this wonderful old victorian building.
We arrived in early August after a long flight and were totally exhausted. The front desk reception was totally unresponsive to this and insisted that we wait until 3pm, the official check-in time, even though there was hardly anyone at the hotel, and certainly no housekeeping staff scurring around getting rooms ready. It was an obvious corporate rule that no one enters their rooms until exactly 3pm.
Just returned from a three night break at the hotel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the highlights of the stay was the beautiful restaurant, the food was lovely and beautifully presented., the staff, pleasant and attentive but not intrusive. The hotel is set in it's own grounds but is only 5 minutes walk from the town, luckily we had good weather and it was lovely to come back from a days sightseeing and soak up the evening sun in the garden with a pre-dinner drink watching the pitch and putt or croquet.
Best place in Keswick
They play a nice trick with a weekend supplement, so that if you book on-line you get a total cost printout which is £20 per night less than they actually charge you. This resulted in a bit of a ding dong at check in but they wouldn't back down and it cost best part of £300 for two nights in the 4 poster room.
Because of this I made a threat at check in that we would never stay there again - but I now have to eat my words. The hotel is excellent. Some of the decor is a little jaded, but the service is first class and the views are amazing. The hotel is the real deal, and is situated in the quiet part of Keswick but easy walking distance to town centre and lake.
We will return.
Can i visit again Please?
We visited this hotel March of 2004. On arrival i felt a little out of my depth because of the grandure of the building itself. I thought that it was going to be a little formal for my taste, but i was very pleasantly surprised to find it was very welcoming. The staff were very attentive and couldn't do enough to help you. The rooms were ample overlooking the gardens and park. But i feel i must compliment the restaurant, it was efficiently run with again, excellent staff and i have to say 'food to die for'. My partner and i would love to return at some point and take our children with us next time.
This is an old fashioned Victorian "railway" hotel immediately adjacent to the now abandoned Keswick Station and within walking distance of the town centre. Also adjacent is a public park with tennis, bowls, putting green, etc., along with a new indoor pool and fitness centre. A good deal of the original charm and style have been retained although the hotel provides most modern amenities. Having used the hotel in summer and winter, in both a standard and garden room I have no hesitation in re-booking. The restaurant is very spacious with original superb high ceilings. The menu is a little limited but the choice sufficiently varied to suit most tastes. Food quality and quantity are excellent, as is the service. A comfortable lounge and bar provide somewhere to relax. Staff have always been attentive, in sufficient numbers and polite. Large gardens with pitch and putt are pleasant when the weather is kind.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a large, usually full hotel, in quiet surroundings, within easy walking distance (5 mins) of the town centre. The rooms are good and upgrades are better. The big strength of the hotel is the restaurant, with a new menu each day. There is a friendly formality to the restaurant and the quality of the food, along with the choice of wines makes each meal an occasion.