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“Good views & location, comfy bed”

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Burleigh Mead Hotel
Ranked #111 of 175 Keswick B&B and Inns
Sutherland, Scotland
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good views & location, comfy bed”
Reviewed October 26, 2010

I stayed here for a couple of nights as part of a family get-together in October 2010, and was very impressed. The rooms were tastefully decorated, well maintained, and very clean. The owner was friendly and helpful in a quiet and unobtrusive way. The parking around the back was fine - and while it wouldn’t have been sufficient if there had been a car for every guest room, we never had a problem getting a space. The location is good - being central, but also fairly quiet. The views from the rooms in the back are good; but the views (to the south) from the front rooms are superb. They improve, obviously, as you get higher up the building. We were in room 3, which is at the back, and hence the view was not as good as in the front rooms. This was compensated for by the fact that we had a bigger bed, and the room itself was also a good size. We all agreed, by the way - and there were 10 in our party - that the beds were very comfortable, with nice firm mattresses. I usually find B&B and hotel rooms to be on the warm side for sleeping, and Burleigh Mead was no exception. The quiet location, however, meant that one could open the window without much fear of being disturbed by noise. The ensuites were modern, with excellent pressure in the showers, though some of the basins were rather avant garde, and while stylish, not very practical. Our one, for example, was flat and rather shallow. The extractor fan, however, was very effective.

Breakfasts (8:30 to 9:15) were good. Some B&Bs ask the night before what one wants for one’s cooked breakfast, but here one chooses on the day, and as a result, there wasn’t as much choice. Mushrooms, for example, were only available on alternate days. There was, however, a very good selection of cold items on the buffet table, and they were of high quality.

When I made my booking, Burleigh Mead was ranked about 110th out of 147 B&Bs in Keswick on TripAdvisor’s popularity index. A couple of good reviews have been posted in the last month, and it is now up to 79th. I’ve stayed at a couple of the top 10 in Keswick, and Burleigh Mead is, in my opinion, in the same league. It is a little more pricey than some other B&Bs, but I’d probably stay here next time I’m looking for a B&B in Keswick because of the comfortable bed, quiet location, and good views - and because there were no real faults.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We stayed at this guesthouse for two nights recently. It was a last minute booking and we didn't really know much about the hotel before we arrived, but we definitely struck gold. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a friendly smile and the owners were very accomodating. The rooms we were allocated were both clean and comfortable although did vary greatly in size - one had an enourmous king sized bed which was very comfortable! The views from both rooms were incredible and I could happily have spent two days overlooking the golf course and mountains beyond. Both rooms had flat screen TVs although there is not much need for a television when you're in Keswick with the sun shining!
The bathroom facilities in both rooms were very impressive, with what looked like brand new suites in each room. There was an antimist mirror, an extremely powerful shower, and clean sink and toilet. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided in each room.

Breakfast at the Burleigh Mead is an impressive affair, with an array of different cereals and granola components along with different fresh fruit salads and compotes, yoghurt, muffins, cheeses, and fruit juices, and this is before the full english breakfast!

Overall we felt very lucky to have chosen such a lovely guesthouse, and will definitely be visiting again. The rooms are very well priced and are worth it for the views alone!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

We had a lovely stay at Burleigh Mead. The room had stunnig views and very comfortable beds, which was just what we needed after a long day of walking. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast each morning and the owner was very accomadating.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 10, 2010

The hotel is situated in a perfect spot for walking and for Keswick, and has wonderful views over Derwentwater if you are in a front room. It is spoilt by the truly awful mattresses. We wanted to put the spare blanket under the sheet to try to make it more bearable but when we looked we saw this had already been done so presumably the proprietors know the problem. Surely a topper would be a good idea even if new mattresses are too big an expense. This spoilt aour holiday as after a long day's hike a good sleep is really necessary. Real shame as the rest of the hotel is fine.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Boston UK
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

This Guest House/Hotel is rated 4 star and I think that is a correct rating. It is in an ideal location, with the town centre just a short stroll away, and likewise a nice walk through parkland to the lakeside. Very clean and comfortable accommodation, with a generous breakfast thrown in. The en-suite in the corner of the room has been constructed extremely well, with modern fittings and a clever use of space. There is shower only, no bath, but that is the way I prefer it on holiday anyway. All in all, I would recommend this place to anyone. A very enjoyable stay (6 days in our case). It is most certainly unsuitable for disabled, as with many of these older properties, and there is a 'healthy' walk up the stairs, but a bit of exercise never hurt anyone! :-)

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cheshire
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Reviewed June 14, 2008

We stayed for four nights at this delightful guest house. Room was very clean & comfortable. Compact shower-room was beautifully functional. Lovely views from front and back of the North Lakeland fells. Five minutes walk from the town centre and about ten minutes from the lakeside and the Theatre by the Lake.

Very friendly and efficient service and excellent breakfasts - I had fun concocting a mixture of d.i.y. cereal from dried fruit, seeds, grains, berries and yoghurt ...

We'll be back! (Haven't tried all the real ale pubs in the town yet ...)

  • Liked — Warm and welcoming
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Burleigh Mead Hotel
Address: The Heads, Keswick CA12 5ER, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Ranked #111 of 175 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Hotel Class:4 star — Burleigh Mead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 7

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