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“Could be great” 3 of 5 stars
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Lowther House
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13 Inkerman Terrace, Whitehaven CA28 7TY, England   |  
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Ranked #6 of 14 Whitehaven B&B and Inns
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Could be great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

A strange one really. This place could be wonderful but just needs some tweaking. Things that were a little odd were:

1. When I asked about parking the owner told me to park opposite, a sign clearly stated you needed a permit to park there but he said it would be ok as 'Whitehaven can't afford traffic wardens'. We didn't get a ticket but if you advertise parking then you should have a permit for guests.

2. No lock on our bedroom door and no key provided for the front door as the owner told us that he is there all the time so no need. I wasn't hugely comfortable with this either.

3. No shower in our bathroom. The owner said it was out of order so we had to crouch in the bath with a mixer tap. No offer to reduce our bill or move us to a different room, this place sells itself as boutique but I didn't feel that was on and also the bathroom was very dated and not boutique. To be fair the main room was very nice and did fit my idea of boutique.

Ok, that was the bad. The good things were that the owner is massively knowledgeable about the local area, the breakfast was very good and he used local produce and was very kind in offering to drive us to a local restaurant for dinner so that we could both drink.

I had really mixed feelings, the owner was obviously trying hard and seemed to be a very nice man but the place needs a bit of a rethink. I think perhaps some of the problem was style over substance, room looked nice but no tea/coffe facilities, no hairdryer etc meant we weren't overly impressed.

I truly hope that the owner amends these problems as this could be a very special B&B

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

Lowther House in Whitehaven was a real joy to find. The place is not heavily promoted and to be honest I only chose it because the options for myself and three friends starting a cycling trip across country were limited.
How lucky we were to be left with this option. Trevor the owner takes hospitality to a new level. This venture is obviously a labour of love and his enthusuiasm shines through.
We were greeted with tea/ coffee and homemade cake before being shown to our splendid, spacious rooms.
Trevor had an immense knowledge of the town and its history and was keen to help one of our party with information about his family tree which had connections with the area. His recommendation for dinner proved to be a winner and upon our return we were treated to wine and cheese and biscuits (touches which went far beyond the usual).
Our breakfast was fantastic with award winning local produce. Our bikes were secure overnight and there really was nothing to fault.
The only problem was we had to cycle away after just one night. Would really have liked to stay longer. Have no hesitation in reccommending this place. I really wasn't expecting to find this quality in a small town. I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13 Inkerman Terrace, Whitehaven CA28 7TY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Whitehaven
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Ranked #6 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Whitehaven
Number of rooms: 3

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