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“Absolutely Brilliant” 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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“Absolutely Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were blown away by the service we received at the Portland House. Denise and Rob were so friendly and this place was best B&B we stayed at throughout our vacation to England during the month of December. The breakfast was delicious, with plenty of options. The rooms were very clean and spacious, and the location was great.

Denise and Rob even upgraded our room for free because we were the only ones there over the holidays.

Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Hello Angela.
It was a pleasure to be able to upgrade you for your stay with us. Two days before Christmas is usually a quiet time for us and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here in Keswick. We are very flattered that you found us to be the best B&B you stayed in during your December trip and we thank you for mentioning it!
Very best wishes for 2014 and we hope you come back and visit us again one day and stay a bit longer in our beautiful Lake District, there is plenty more to see!
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Rod and Denise were wonderful hosts for our two night stay. Lovely first floor room with a comfortable bed and room to move. Breakfast was delightful. The breakfast room was light and airy and we enjoyed our window seats. Rod is a great host and gave us some good advice on what to see and do in the Lakes District. Denise was lovely and made this a memorable stay. The best B&B we have stayed in.

  • Stayed November 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, December 31, 2013
We very much enjoyed meeting you both and are pleased that you thought we were the best B&B that you stayed in during your trip. We do appreciate you taking the time to post this review on your return to Australia and hope that you will be able to come back and spend more time in our beautiful area in future.
Very best wishes for 2014.
Denise and Rod
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

My first visit to Keswick - and the wonderful Portland House. Denise & Rod provide the warmest, friendliest welcome. Everything about my stay was just right; from the superbly appointed room with its blissfully comfortable bed - to the fabulous breakfasts. The whole experience is simply top-notch. Great location for accessing the town too - just a short stroll. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Thank you David for posting this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us for your first visit to Keswick - we hope that it was the first of many more!
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I've been staying here since Rod and Denise took over, and each year they are (even) more adept at looking after their guests needs. I arrived shattered after a hard day's work, to be offered a fresh brew whilst escorted to my lovely room, with the newly refurbished en-suite shower.

As previous guests state, it's the little touches that make Portland House stand out, the fresh shortbread each day, the mint tea bags added to the complimentary room tray, once they realised that was my breakfast drink of choice. Without question I'll be back!

For me, Denise's truly superb breakfasts, made with the best quality locally sourced products, really seals the deal!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, December 7, 2013
We do appreciate you taking the time to post this review, thank you. We enjoyed seeing you and your friends again, it is always the start of Christmas celebrations when you come, a good excuse to put up the decorations! We do make an effort to remember if our guests have any particular likes/dislikes such as mint tea, and will always try and accommodate any special dietary needs.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Ascot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We've used Portland House when staying in Keswick for 15+ years. The current owners Denise & Rod have been there for the last 4 years. Our last visit was at the beginning of Dec'13. Denise and Rod continue to push the standard of a stay there 'Up & Up' ! The ambience of Portland House is always welcoming. We normally stay in Rm 5 which has been refurbished during 2013 to a very high/modern standard. The soft white towels in the room highlight the standard Denise and Rod are aiming to provide. Breakfast's are superb made from top quality local produce, Denise makes a mean 'Poached Egg' ! & also you get to have a bit of banter with the 'Old Man' - Rod !!

High Recommended !!! - Lesley & Kieran

Room Tip: Room 5 is excellent particularly now it has just been refurbished !
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  • Stayed December 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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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Thank you Kieran and Lesley for posting this excellent review. It is nice to know that our guests appreciate the high standards we aim to provide in all aspects of our business such as the quality of breakfast produce, decor and refurbishment of rooms. We are very proud of the Breakfast and Silver Awards we received this year from Visit England during our annual inspection and for our guests to make such positive comments is very satisfying. We look forward to seeing you again.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I really enjoyed my two nights at Portland House. Rod and Denise were so friendly, a really warm welcome, and a terrific breakfast on both days. The room was lovely and a great central location. Thoroughly recommended. I'll defintely be going back!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you Miles for this review, it was a great to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again one day soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We Stayed for 4 nights from 13th-16th October and wish we could have stayed longer. Rod and Denise were the most wonderful hosts - so welcoming and ready for a chat. The breakfasts were fantastic and, despite one morning having a bit of a calamity in the kitchen, Denise produced a replacement breakfast with complete serenity. We loved Rod's suggestions of what to do/where to walk each morning depending on what the weather was like, which made each day so easy to plan. The room was lovely: spacious and clean, and the bathroom spotless, and the shortbread left by the TV was delicious. The house is within easy walking distance to the town centre so we ate at one of the many pubs each night. This was our first trip to the Lake District and our stay at Portland House made it a really memorable time. We would return to both any time.

  • Stayed October 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, November 12, 2013
It is great to know that we helped make your first visit to the Lakes so memorable and we thank you for taking the time to write this review. Denise can't remember being called 'serene' before but at least breakfasts were still served on time! Maybe one day you will come back and visit us again?
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Additional Information about Portland House Bed and Breakfast

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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