It was a cold, wet, blustery November evening as the two weary and wary travellers arrived at an establishment that looked like a farm building in the middle of nowhere. Had we made a ghastly mistake? It was too late to change now so, in some tepidation, we stumbled inside. We didn't actually see the wand move, but, within seconds, the magic had started to work. Far from striking a rock, we had actually struck gold! Charming, friendly and competent staff; interesting fellow-guests; a comfortable room well furnished and well equipped; a proper English breakfast; easy parking; WIFI that actually worked and a big flat TV. This was real luxury at a very reasonable price. The location? Well, it is where it is and if that's where you want or need to be, it's a great location. And is the magic real? The magician is actually the new owner whose imaginative ideas on what a small hotel should be like not only pervade everything, but also work. And he's an accountant, not a dreamer, so this magic is well thought out and well costed. Our only real criticism was the lack of mirror in a well lit part of the bedroom. And of course it's a bit of a shock for townies like us to find a mountain lurking right ouside the bedroom window in the morning, but that won't stop us coming back. Unless, like Brigadoon, the Lodge has vanished again into the Lakeland mist. We do hope not.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ravenstone Lodge Hotel Bassenthwaite/Keswick, Lake District