I have never in my 45 years stayed in accommodation described as a “guest house”, being of that generation for which the term meant overbearing landladies and grotty accommodation. My stay was booked as a surprise or I would never have gone there. Anyway, as it turned out I was amazed and delighted. The experience was excellent and now the term “guest house” means something very positive for me thanks to Easedale House.
Location: this stone-built guest house is centrally located in the small town of Keswick but down a quiet street opposite a little church. Parking is on the roadside, and although there were many cars about, we found a space about 50 yards away. At the back, my room (No. 7) had views over the rooftops and to the mountains beyond. Incidentally, the purpose of our visit was to climb Scafell Pike, which was a short 20-minute drive from the guest house.
Staff: On arrival we were greeted by a man who was very pleasant and welcoming, introducing us to the lounge, dining room and then on to our rooms. Each morning a lady appeared to serve breakfast, and she was as equally pleasant as the man on reception and also very efficient at producing our meals.
Communal Areas: The lounge comfortable and very relaxing. The dining room overlooked the street and was light and airy with plenty of space. Everything here is well-maintained and clean. Outside the frontage was decorated with colourful flowers.
Food: We were on a bed and breakfast basis, and the breakfast was excellent. Three kinds of juice were on offer, with cereals also available on a help-yourself basis. Everyone is offered a full English breakfast, and a choice of wholemeal or white toast, with tea or coffee. We ate full English and it was very well done. Bacon, egg, beans, sausage, mushrooms, tomato - everything was hot, well-cooked and of good quality. Toast was made to order too, so was hot and crisp. Butter, margarine and a good selection of jams completed the spread. A great start to the day.
Rooms: My room was a revelation - I could not believe it when I walked through the door for the first time. It looked recently refurbished. The carpet and furnishings were of high quality, and the furniture was contemporary and stylish. There was a very comfortable double bed in my room, and a dressing table which I used as a desk. Bedside lamps with no obvious switch fooled me for a while, until I touched the base of one and it came on in response to my touch. Very snazzy! There was also a TV with many channels to choose from, and plenty of drawers, wardrobe space and hangers. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate sachets in a glass jar, cups, complimentary biscuits and a full-size kettle were all laid out on a slate tray. This provided me with a very welcome early morning cuppa and snack. The bathroom was without exaggeration as good or better than those in any of the four-star hotels I have stayed in. The floor was covered in slate-grey tiles, and the walls with smart matt white ones. There was no bath but a very good electric shower, and a heated towel rail. Shower gel and shampoo were provided, and the towels were fluffy and white.
Cleanliness: There was absolutely nothing for me to find fault with when it came to cleanliness. The building was immaculate. The communal areas were spotless, as was my room. The bathroom especially was in pristine condition, positively gleaming.
To sum up, if I come to Keswick again, I will look no further than Easedale House for somewhere great to stay.
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