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“Fabulous B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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Avondale Guest House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   20 Southey Street, Keswick CA12 4EF, England   |  
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Ranked #12 of 178 Keswick B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This was our first visit to Keswick but certainly not our last. From the onset the warm welcome from Linda and Steve was lovely and gave a nice start to our 3 day break.
These guys have really got it right, the B&B is in a great location, a few minutes walk to the town with a plethora of pubs, restaurants and things to do.
This is Linda and Steve's home and they really do make you feel at home and like you've known them a long time. The establishment is super clean, something that is of utmost importance to us, also the rooms have been recently upgraded, super shower and amenities in general.
Last, but by no means least was the delicious breakfast with a very extensive menu choice, a rarity for a B&B, everything was exceptionally prepared and was a feast to behold each morning. My partner is a vegetarian and her choices for breakfast were also exceptional. Thanks guys, you do a brilliant job. See you next year!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Great to read your wonderful review. You two certainly know how to enjoy yourselves. Many thanks for the lovely comments you made. We're just happy that our guests feel so relaxed and at home while they're here. Hopefully see you next year and good luck with the new job.
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

What can I say...where do I start. Probably the best B & B I've stayed. I stayed in a single room, my friends in a double twin. My room was compact but lovely and comfortable with a great finish. After a hard day in the hills or on a mountain bike, the showers are great.
Stephen and Linda are great hosts, great local knowledge and even have the weather on hand should you need it. The breakfasts are amazing. Never had an appetiser for breakfast before!
Porridge with the oats soaked in a little whiskey (legal levels...so he said!). Either a full Scottish or English. With Stephen and Linda being blue blooded scotts, it was rude not to try the full scottish. It was lovely with some great twists.
There are lighter options on the menu for breakfast and they offer lots of choice even for veggies.
By day 4 and my fourth scottish breakfast it started to feel like man vs food, but Im not complaining. A great start to the day.
Its ideally located for lots of good eating and drinking in keswick with everything just a few minutes walk and the theatre on lake 10 minutes walk.. If you are a keen walker or climber there is also a great place round the corner that can knock up a packed lunch for you.
Whilst Im probably not doing myself any favours as I want to book in for next year, if you click onto somewhere else you are a fool!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thanks so much for an amazing review. Woaw! There's no doubting that you definitely had a great time. It's nice to hear that the refurbished single room continues to impress as much as the new en-suite. If the breakfasts get too much for you and you'd like us to cut down on your portions next year just let us know. No way we hear you say. Don't worry, we'll still have all your favourites waiting for you. Thanks again.
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

A truly lovely couple Linda and Stephen made every effort to make the couple of nights stayed a genuine treat. Accommodation and facilities were superb and the overall feeling you are left with is one of wanting to return sometime soon.
A pleasure in many ways. Plus the new showers were superb.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Thank you so much and congratulations on being our 90th reviewer. Those were lovely remarks you made. They really made our day. We're tickled pink that you enjoyed your stay and we do hope to see you again when your muscles recover from your grand cycle.
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed 3rd & 4th May 2013 - Stephen and Linda are so nice and welcoming, I honestly cannot recommend this place enough. All other B&B's I've stayed at come nowhere near the quality of this. The rooms are so immaculate it looks like we were the first guests to stay in them! Breakfast was fantastic - Stephens cooked breakfast is amazing - especially the black pudding, which even my wife enjoyed (she claims to not like black pudding). Everything about it was perfect. Keswick is a beautiful place (and just round the corner), but we wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much if it wasn't for the hospitality. We will be back.......

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you for the very kind remarks. You certainly enjoyed your first visit. It means so much to us to hear that guests have had such an amazing experience staying with us. Yes, Keswick is a lovely place. It's not until people come and visit that they realise just how lovely. We like to think that we're helping to make a visit to Keswick just a little bit special. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed at avondale guest house on the 5th of may,lovely hosts steve and linda.all we can say is fab room,comfy beds,scottish breakfast outstanding(lots of other options)and we didn't want to leave!!.well recommended to all.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you for adding your fantastic comments to the growing list of reviews; it's much appreciated. Pleased you enjoyed the Full Scottish breakfast. Lots of guests are surprised by how good it is. Thanks for recommending us to all.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at Avondale whilst doing the coast to coast bike ride. I cannot recommend it enough.
The owners Linda and Stephen made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. The rooms are spotless, modern, well decorated whilst also keeping the traditional feel of a guesthouse. The shower was great and just what we needed after a long day in the saddle.
There is a fantastic choice for breakfast even for the fussiest of eaters like myself.
Great location, close to the centre and there was also a lock up for our bikes.
Amazing stay, thank you :-)

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
You must be the first guest to post a review before leaving! Thank you for that and we're so happy that you enjoyed your couple of nights with us. We hope all went well with the next stages of your coast to coast trip. It was an absolute pleasure having the four of you stay with us and we're glad to have been able to help out in any way. You should look out for the Fred Whitton Challenge on the 12th of May this year. Something for next year perhaps?
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

If your thinking of staying in Keswick this is the best place to stay. It is immaculately clean, very comfortable, and Stephens breakfast (which are gorgeous! a must to try is scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toasted granary bread.) are just what you need before setting out on a days walking. Stephen and Linda are the perfect hosts and cant do enough for you. They're also a good source of information on all local walks. We've stayed with them about eleven times over the past couple of years and we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. We've even stayed when they've been quiet due to upgraded the rooms and putting new bathrooms in (not that they looked like they needed doing anyway!) and its still been immaculate! Stephen and Linda deserve to do really well with their business because they are such a lovely friendly couple. Thanks for a lovely weekend at Easter, and see you again as soon as we can. xx

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Catbells50, Owner at Avondale Guest House, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thank you for all the compliments, they're much appreciated. It was fabulous to see you both once more and even better that you managed to bring Tania again. Tell her we'll make sure the American pancakes are still on the menu for her next visit. Don't know about the smoked salmon though. Ha ha, just kidding! :-) We hope you manage to visit again this year and allow us a rematch at darts. All the best.
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Address: 20 Southey Street, Keswick CA12 4EF, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #12 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Avondale Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Avondale Guest House is a traditional Victorian townhouse located less than 2 minutes walk from Keswick town centre. We have 4 Doubles, 1 Twin and 1 Single room. All rooms are fully refurbished with en-suites. Visit England Breakfast Award 2012&2013. Full English, Scottish or Vegetarian cooked breakfast is included in quoted rates. Special diets catered for. Free Wi-Fi available. ... more   less 
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