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Ravenstone Lodge Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

This hotel was a real find. Not very large but maintained at a very high standard. Spotless and comfortable with excellent well sized bedrooms. The location is superb,quiet, with superb views. The mangement and staff were exceptional in that nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast were something else - the 'Walker's Breakfast' is guaranteed to keep you going for the whole day! Just one criticism, ( if could be called that - more of a suggestion) the excellent dinner menu did not contain a sufficient variety of meal options, and the standard menu did not change although there was a 'special' of the day but if you did not fancy that and if you had had the all the options you fancied from the standard menu you had no option but to eat out. The average cost of our meal for two including wine was around £70.00.
Overall a great place to stay, no question about it a place to come back to many times!

Room Tip: The 'superior'rooms are worth the little extra cost.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

We booked into the four poster room for one night, which has amazing views. The room was perfect and the staff were friendly and helpful. We wanted a pub dinner and they gave us many options rather than push us to eat there. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We were very happy with our stay at Ravenstone Lodge. The staff were friendly, the rooms to a good standard and very clean. The communal areas in the lodge are decorated very tastefully and the stable bar is a really nice feature.

We ate in the restaurant once and were very pleased with the quality. The breakfast menu is varied and again, very good quality. We'd especially recommend the pancakes!

What really makes this place is the location. It is within very easy reach of Keswick, but is out in the countryside, set above Bassenthwaite Lake, which you can walk to from the lodge.

A lovely place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

The Ravenstone Lodge (not to be confused with the Ravenstone hotel across the road) was an exceptionally charming, friendly, and comfortable find in the Northern/central Lakes.
The location is perfect for touring/rambling while avoiding the extreme traffic in the southern Lake area. A wonderful and picture perfect setting. As Americans that have traveled extensively in the UK we felt very fortunate indeed to "discover" Ravenstone Lodge as a base for our recent four day visit to the Lake District. A completely authentic English house with great service and truly exceptional food. Breakfast, (included), leaves nothing to be desired in terms of quality or quantity. Dinner was an unexpected pleasure and competes nicely with the best in London in our view. We just did not expect a small hotel to have such a talented chef.
Service was very good and there was nothing Anthony or Karen could not do for us. As a result of fine food, wines and service it is a happy environment for guests and interaction with fellow travelers. Some rooms have been redone and others are in process by the owners, but all are comfortable and have the necessary requirements along with views. The best is this is GREAT VALUE for the experience and the money. Hard to find in England these days.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the newly done rooms. A little more money, but worth it. All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

From looking at the website we were really excited and looking forward to a lovely few days away.
Upon arrival the place looked like a gypsy site with really scruffy static caravans and piles of debris being the first thing you are greeted with in the carpark.
Room (their top room) was lovely and spacious was fantastic views, however was not as clean as would have been hoped with toe nail clippings all over the floor at one side of the bed and general dust covering all surfaces. The bedding was high quality and clean but there was rubbish in the bin, we wondered if the cleaner had been called on to something part way through doing the room and forgot to finish it.
Food was great but the dining room seemed rather make shift, as if you were to fill your living room with tables.
Most staff very helpful apart from one chap who was more interested in talking to a friend on the phone to arrange a 'wicked good night out' to check us in.
The palce has potential to be lovely so it was really sad that it just didn't live up to expectations.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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MBCornish, Owner at Ravenstone Lodge Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

We are baffled by this review for a number of reasons. Firstly we don't know who you are as we had nobody fitting this profile staying with us in August 2011. Secondly if the room hadn't been cleaned why didn't you simply come and tell us. Thirdly the allegation that a member of our team would give priority to arranging a "wicked night out" rather than to attend to a guest is simply not credible which anyone having stayed with us would support. So I'm not sure who you are or where you stayed but either way this is not a fair reflection of the experience of staying at Ravenstone Lodge, a view supported by 99% of the other reviews on htis site.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stayed here for two nights at the end of March and had a really enjoyable and relaxing few days. It's a great location, the decor is really tasteful and the staff are friendly and really helpful. Even though it was just March we experienced a mini heat wave so were able to take advantage of the fabulous sun terrace to enjoy afternoon tea and a a couple of sundowners. There's a nice ten minute walk to the lake and Keswick and Derwentwater are not far away. Hoping to pay a return visit soon and see the ospreys in Dodd Wood.

Room Tip: We had Room 9 which was spacious and rather luxurious and has a very stylish bath to relax in at the...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at the Ravenstone Lodge in April. This is a great location just a 5 minute walk to the shores of Bassenthwaite lake and about 10 minutes’ drive from Bassenthwaite village and 15 minutes to Keswick.

I stayed in a superior room which looked to have been recently renovated. Although it was comfortable it was very small for a room sold as “superior”. However, this was more than made up for by the location, superb grounds and comfortable public areas of the hotel.

Breakfast was probably amongst the best I have eaten anywhere, with a good choice of cooked fare, including eggs benedict, pancakes and kippers as well as lots of variations on the standard full English. All ingredients were quality, fresh and well cooked.

I found dinner not to be quite up to the standard of breakfast with mixed results on the two nights I stayed with my wife. We had a superb lamb casserole one night but the next night my fish was under cooked.

The public areas of the hotel are well presented. The bar still shows signs of its origin as a stable block, the dining room had a real log fire and there is a very comfortable conservatory with views over the countryside towards the lake.

Overall I would recommend this hotel if you want somewhere quiet within easy reach of the northern lakes.

Room Tip: Superior room are newly refurbished, worth the small extra.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ravenstone Lodge Hotel

Address: Bassenthwaite CA12 4QG, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bassenthwaite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bassenthwaite
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bassenthwaite
#3 Business Hotel in Bassenthwaite
Price Range: $79 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ravenstone Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ravenstone Lodge is a converted 19th Century stables & lodge with many original features including the stables themselves which are now the bar. Situated at the foot of Ullock Pike close to Skiddaw with views towards Bassenthwaite Lake and the Northern Fells we are perfectly positioned to explore the Northern Lake District.Ravenstone Lodge is a privately small hotel with just 9 bedrooms and because of this we can provide a uniquely personal service and when you stay with us you are not just a room number but are our guests in the true meaning of the word. Because of this many return time and time again, maybe requesting their favourite room or that a particular dish be put on the menu. Food is very important to us and our philosophy is very simple, top quality locally sourced ingredients cooked to order by our resident chef with sufficient choice to satisfy all tastes.We look forward to welcoming you to Ravenstone Lodge.Mike Cornish - Proprietor ... more   less 
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