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“Best B&B we've stayed in!” 5 of 5 stars
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Portland House Bed and Breakfast
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   19 Leonard Street, Keswick CA12 4EL, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 178 Keswick B&B and Inns
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Best B&B we've stayed in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed here for one night during a three week tour of England, Wales, and Scotland. It was easily the best B&B experience we had. Rod and Denise were amazing hosts!! Funny, easy to talk to, and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The rooms were huge, well appointed, and beautiful. They even had a ground floor room that is handicap accessable. This was important for us, as my dad has mobility issues. The breakfast was just fantastic, with a huge bowl of freshly diced fruit, yogurt, fresh bread, fruit spread, and full cooked English style breakfast, too. We wish we could have stayed longer!! If we ever make it back to this area, we would go out of our way to stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
When we read your review we were very flattered to be told you found us to be the best B&B you stayed in during your trip - thank for your lovely comments! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and that one day you may return to Keswick and stay a little longer.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I loved our recent 5 night stay at Denise and Rod's beautiful B&B in Keswick. Welcomed with a cuppa after our long drive we immediately felt at ease. Denise makes the best shortbread and a piece awaited us after every walk we took in the beautiful Lakes. Breakfast was to die for - so much choice and beautifully cooked. The room was lovely, perfectly clean and comfortable with a huge cosy bed! The B&B is in a perfect position in Keswick, just 5 mins walk into town where you can find great pubs and places to eat. We hope to be back one day, this time on our motorbikes to follow up on Rod's promise to show us the local roads!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
We thank you for taking the time to post this review. You certainly made the most of you stay here and we will enjoy showing you around when you come back on motorbikes - plenty of fantastic ride outs! The room you had will be having some beautiful new oak furniture shortly as well as the comfortable bed that you mentioned.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We booked the Portland House Bed & Breakfast after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. Needless to say, we weren't disappointed! Rod and Denise made us very welcome and they run and lovely clean Guest House with fabulous breakfasts and nothing is too much trouble. Rod and Denise helped us with recommending places to eat, walks etc. and all in all made our stay extremely enjoyable! Would thoroughly recommend staying at the Portland! Do hope to return some time :o)

  • Stayed September 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
We do appreciate you taking the time to post this review for us and are very pleased that you agreed with the comments posted by other guests! We try to ensure that all our guests enjoy their stay with us and are happy to give advice or suggestions on where to go in our beautiful area.
We look forward to seeing you again one day.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Denise & Rod perfect hosts and could not do enough to make stay enjoyable. Home made shortbread was delicious. Ideal location to walk into town or to Derwent museum, very quiet location and would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone. Only draw back parking in street is limited, but Rod there to assist and guide you to suitable spot.

Room Tip: Our room was on the third floor and it was a bit of effort to carry up heavy suitcases. After this...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, it was good to meet you both.,
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Cape May, New Jersey
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15 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My husband and I spent a wonderful 4 nights with Denise and Rod in their extremely well run guest house. Our room was large, well appointed, quiet and comfortable. The location was perfect for us - easy walking distance to town (read shopping, pubs, restaurants) and the lake, but far enough away to be very quiet at night. Breakfasts were excellent - filling, nicely presented, and tasty. Two of our mornings there, we had to leave prior to breakfast in order to get to where we needed to be on time. Denise was kind enough to offer to prepare a bagged lunch in lieu of our missed breakfast. This was much appreciated. Denise is a great cook and baker - excellent homemade shortbread was left in our room every day and she made homemade cakes for lunches. Rod has a great sense of humor and gave great advice about the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Portland House and would not hesitate to recommend it to our friends and family. We would certainly stay there again if we are fortunate enough to be able to return to the Lakes District!!
Just to add one more reason to stay here - we discovered a self-service laundromat (seems to be a rarity in the UK) just a few blocks away.

Room Tip: We were on the top floor (#6) which is the only guest room on that floor. It was quiet and very well...
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  • Stayed September 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you for this great review. We were pleased to be able to offer you packed lunches on the days you had to be out very early and are glad you enjoyed them! You mention that we have a ground floor room - this is very popular as it is a spacious flexible room that can be either twin bedded or kingsize, it is wheelchair accessible and has a very large shower room. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and that maybe we will see you again in the future.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Winchester, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We had a wonderful two days at Portland House. Starting with the room, it was spotlessly clean and comfortable, the bed soft, a good shower with heated towels on the bathroom towel rack. We especially enjoyed sitting at the small table by the window, enjoying the amazing view. Breakfasts were delicious. The bacon and sausage were both delicious. Denise and Rod were both welcoming and helpful, suggesting restaurants and good places to hike. If we get the opportunity, we'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Thank you for your comments about your stay with us. Your room on the 2nd floor is very popular with views across to Walla Crag (weather permitting!). We are very proud to have recently been given a Breakfast Award by Visit England following an overnight assessment. We serve locally sourced produce whenever possible and our bacon and sausages are made by our butcher here in Keswick. We do hope you have the opportunity to come back to Keswick and visit us again.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Offenburg, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent two nights in the wonderful Portland House. it was our first time at Portland House b&b and we both found it to be clean comfortable and very frienly,
owners Denise and Rod what a fantastic couple they really made us so very welcome,
we really enjoyed the tasty home cooking breakfast, the smoked salmon on a muffin was fantastic.
they are both very helpful, friendly and couldn't do enough for us.
we loved our stay and would recommend this beautiful b&b to anyone and we are so glad we chose Portland house.

  • Stayed August 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
We enjoyed meeting you both and thank you for taking the time to post this review.
We hope that all our guests enjoy their visit to our lovely Lake District and try our best to make their stay here extra special. We hope to see you again one day.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Address: 19 Leonard Street, Keswick CA12 4EL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Portland House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive Victorian residence in a quiet area within easy walking distance of Keswick town centre, theatre and the lake. Our six en-suite guest rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished. Breakfasts are freshly cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients and include traditional English with vegetarian options, or choose from several lighter options. Special diets can be catered for and all beverages are Fair trade. A warm welcome awaits you. Completely non smoking and sorry no pets or children under 12 years. ... more   less 

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