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.