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Ravenstone Lodge Hotel
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

The Ravenstone Lodge, not to be confused with the Ravenstone Hotel across the road, is a beautiful place were you are made to feel very welcome. On arrival we were greeted by Mike the owner and unlike many places we have stayed he didn't want to get us checked in and shown to our room but instead wanted to show us the facilities and provide a brief history of the place.

We stayed in Room 7 and enjoyed 2 nights of fantastic sleep in an ever so comfortable bed, awakening each morning to beautiful views. Excellent quality bedding and fluffy towels compliment the room. Our bathroom in fairness didn't match the quality of the room in that although being perfectly adequate wasn't shiny and new but this detracted in no way from our stay.

We stayed for evening meal both nights which had the owner of the Ravenstone Hotel across the road not of been so churlish on our mutual mistaken attempt to check in would have gained our custom on one evening out of curiosity and close proximity to the Ravenstone Lodge. Maybe this was to our benefit though as the food at the Lodge is excellent, enjoying mallard breast and venison on one evening and very succulent steaks the second. I understand food is locally sourced, its certainly well selected and the menu well chosen.....we would have happily eaten any of the dishes as they all sounded good.

Breakfast is really so very good with 3 sizes of a cooked breakfast to choose from - opting for the medium size both morings it really set us up for the day and we certainly ate nothing again until our evening meal..............I'm not a great bacon fan but I can honestly say this was the best bacon I have tasted. The quality of produce is certainly not scrimped upon......please Ravenstone Lodge never change your bacon supplier! Cafetiers of coffee also greatly appreciated and much nicer than the normal filter coffee you come to expect from hotels.

You can't review this place without mentioning Anthony, Ravenstone's waiter...............a lovely young lad who has the confidence to let his personality show which is a rare quality to be found in the hotel industry were waiting staff seem to be from the same charcterless mould.

Everyone here is friendly, even the chef says a cheery 'Goodnight' to guests when he finishes for the night, walking passed well fed guests relaxing over their drinks in the conservatory.

There is a lovely terrace available for alfresco dining or just relaxing with afternoon tea whilst enjoying the views and when we visit again in the Summer we certainly hope we are blessed with the weather to do both!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank gruffalo777
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Reviewed February 2, 2011

We booked a last minute weekend break at the Ravenstone Lodge hotel and had a wonderful weekend. All staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble, which made a very enjoyable stay. We stayed in room number 1, a superior room with a fourposter bed, we had lovely views across the fields and peaceful.The hotel was very clean and warm ... too warm at times. Excellent breakfast is served. Hotel is just 4 miles away from Keswick and there's plently of nice walks on the door step. Good valve for money. Would go back again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank daroberts61
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Moved frm the Borrowdale valley and tried a new location at the back of Bassenthwaite.Arrived at the Ravenstone Lodge.Arrived around 3.00 pm and given the superior room 6. Shown round but the room was bitterly cold. Request made for a space heater which was delivered but feel the heating should have been switched on and the radiator checked for air pockets, which it was eventually was. Difficult to contact staff as there is no formal reception but a mobile phone number is supplied and is probably the best way of reaching the General Manager.

Bathroom is poor and shower is only reasonable

Good choice at breakfast but difficult to speak to staff because they all disappeared. Recommend but like to see some changes.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

me and my boyfriend both 23 yrs old decided to hit Ravenstone lodge for the first weekend in December for an anniversary getaway upon arrival we were greeted by adam the manager he was extremely friendly and welcoming he showed us around and then to our room which was extremely cosy warm and just what we needed with an en-suite attached

Saturday evening we had our dinner in the lodge restaurant we had the most amazing lamb we have both ever tasted and a beautiful apple and cinnamon crumble we were stuffed!!

the whole stay was so wonderful we are already making plans to return next year!

a huge thank you to Adam and Roz and the rest of the team for making our anniversary that little bit extra special

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank sammi1231
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Reviewed November 27, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank anthonyrobindavies
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