The Keswick Country House Hotel
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Had a big sleep. Was going to do a short walk but when we were about to start the rain came pouring in. Arun and I decided to stay at the hostel while Pete went around Rydal and Grasmere. (Although called the Lakes District, the area only has one "lake" — Brassenthwaite.) We had pumpkin soup and a sandwich for lunch when the weather improved. Took a short walk to Grasmere for some photos. There was snow on the hill-peaks but was not too cold. Peter ...
Today was mainly a day for travelling. Breakfast again from the supermarket next to the hostel. Left relatively early for Stratford-upon-Avon. Saw Shakespeare's old family home, the site of his marital home and his grave (inside the local Holy Trinity Church). At the first home, we learnt the explanations for a few phrases, like sleep tight (beds had to be tightened) hit the hay ...
... the year.
I was limited on time during my short visit, but will be back as soon as I can. My final stop en route home was of course Bowness-On-Windermere to check out the memorial trees and a recommended vegetarian restaurant.
The weather wasn’t the greatest as I ventured out to Cockshott point to check on the trees (the main reason for my trip as well as my aunt's 60th birthday celebrations) and do maintenance on ...
... roughly 8 bacon sandwiches in my first 2 days home... safe to say I missed bacon! Ahhhhh well, YUMMY! I managed to rekindle my love of House series 1-3 and Doctor Who season 4, all round a goooood Toussaint! Off back to France on Saturday morning for another 6 weeks before Christmas - wooooooo! xo
Just an update, I'm all packed ...
... to me. We walked a bit near the lake and had lunch at the lakeside cafe. We did a little shopping, then parted for a night in Manchester. It was sad to leave Barbara and Nick, but we'll see them again soon, I'm sure. Anhgus dared to hitch a ride with us back to the hotel, where we were all staying near the airport. I dropped off the rental car, proud to have not hit a single curb in this one. Kim and I will pack, so we're ready to catch our flights back home tomorrow ...
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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.
OK for the money.
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.
The hotel staff were great. Polite and very helpful. No problems at all.
Hotel decor is looking rather tatty in places and could possibly benefit with a new 'fitting out' but for the price it was OK.
The room service breakfast was great and the rooms very comfortable. The TV reception was poor but with so much to do we didn't have much time to watch TV anyway. The beds were sprung so a bit too much bounce but they turned out to be very comfortable.
Rooms weren't spotless but satisfactory.
The grounds we felt could benefit from some roses but the flower beds had just been dug so looking a little barren.
All in all OK.
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.
Expensive run down hotel
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.
The room was awfull...stained and torn bed linen, bare light bulbs over the beds and the mattresses were hard and lumpy The view was of a small parking lot and garbage area. This hotel is very run down and in serious need of updating and maintenance. This for over $270 per night! Very bad value.
The only good thing was the breakfast in the morning. But good breadfasts can be had a better hotels for less money.
We cannot recommend this hotel to anyone until improvements to the hotel and to the staff and management is made.
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.
We booked a superior bedroom which was situated at the front of the hotel overlooking the car park (though we could see the fells as well!!). The room had been refurbished and was very comfortable and well equipped, the only drawback was the shower in the bathroom which baffled me completely, as more water fell onto the bath taps and the floor than into the bath. Also the TV in the room didn't receive any SKY channels only BBC1, BBC2 , ITV and Channel 4. On our arrival there was a basket of fruit, sparkling water and a box of chocolates in the room.
The hotel was originally built as a railway hotel for the adjacent train station which is no longer in use and is now part of the hotel. From the photos in the lobby you can see that the hotel has had some famous visitors over the years, in 1895 the Earl of Lonsdale hosted a party where the guest of honour was the German Emperor (Kaiser Bill) which Lord and Lady Churchill also attended and during the Second World War, Roedean School moved to the hotel to escape the bombing. In 1956 Queen Elizabeth II also visited.
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel and I'm sure you would have an enjoyable stay.
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.