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“Fantastic weekend.”
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Highfield Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire
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14 reviews
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“Fantastic weekend.”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

I’ll begin this review by saying that we have stayed at the Highfield on five occasions so you can reasonably infer that we think it’s an excellent hotel. It has much to recommend it not least of which is it’s location on The Heads in Keswick overlooking Hope Park and with amazing views across Derwentwater towards the Borrowdale fells and eating breakfast with that view outside the window is priceless. This time we were in Room 5 and on previous visits we have stayed in rooms 15, 16 and 17; those at the front of the house are preferable with my favourite being room 16 which is decorated in a boutique style with a small balcony on which you can sit with a nice glass of wine and take in the views. The first time we stayed on a B&B basis but since then we have always included dinner in the award-winning restaurant, which is amazing. You book your time in advance and whilst you consider what to order you are presented with chef’s canapés. To begin with we were served freshly made and still-warm bread rolls, two each of cinnamon & raisin and pesto flavoured. To start my wife had the pan-fried scallops and black pudding with smoked pancetta while I had the chicken liver parfait on Rosemary brioche with apple and cinnamon chutney, a wonderfully rich mixture of tastes and textures. For the main course we had the Fillet of Beef, which is probably the best steak I have ever tasted and well worth the £4.50 supplement. There is an excellent wine list offering bottles from a very reasonable price of less than £20 to more expensive wines if you want to push the boat out a little. The breakfast menu is equally impressive and as well as the ubiquitous full Cumbrian it has a range of alternatives as well as cereal, fruit, yoghurt and copious amounts of toast and coffee or tea. Another valuable asset is the staff who are always cheerful and can’t do enough for you particularly Nick the manager. The hotel is a couple of minutes’ walk from both the lake and the town centre and has a roomy car park to the rear which is really important because on-street parking is difficult to find. The icing on the cake was that our booking attracted the special offer rate of only £70 per night rather than the regular rate for our room of £105 per night. This will definitely not be our last time at the Highfield.

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Hollingwoth, Cheshire
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Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

Another excellent visit to the Highfield this being our 5th visit in the past 5 years. Lovely room with a lake view, fantastic food and great staff and service. Many thanks for another wonderful stay.

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Lancashire
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stayed here with a group of friends, great location with great views from the bedrooms. All the rooms are different. ours had amazing views from a balcony, bath robes, fluffy towels, water and fruit all added a touch of luxury. All the staff work very hard and nothing is too much trouble, Nick especially goes the extra mile, always has time to chat and has a great sense of humour.The food is exceptional, with a varied menu which changes daily, beaufifully cooked and presented.This hotel is just a few minutes walk to the centre of Keswick and all that offers. A great place to stay to visit surrounding areas and walks.
We will definitely be back.

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poulton-le-fylde, lancs
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stayed with four other couples and had a great weekend.
The staff at the hotel are friendly and courteous.
In particular Nick the manager exceeded our expectations.
The rooms are large and comfortable,we had a lovely view looking toward derwentwater, our bed was super king size and was very comfortable.
We stayed on a dinner bed and breakfast deal direct with the hotel.
The breakfast was cooked to order, plentiful and of good quality.
Dinner was absolutely amazing with up to 6 choices per course.
All our party commented on the high standard of the staff, the food and the accommodation.
The hotel is ideally situated for the town and walks alike.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Good views over the lake and fells, combined with friendly, personal and attentive service. Breakfast and dinner meals were very good and consistent. Our room had a turret with a view, an unusual enhancement of our stay! Well situated for walkers and highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the Highfield in mid October. First floor room was a good size, clean with a very comfortable bed. View of Derwentwater, Catbells and Borrowdale etc was lovely from the window and the location is just about perfect. Pretty much left the car untouched for the days we stayed as we could walk to the boats then onto the hills, walk from the hotel plus shop and eat in various places in Keswick in 5 mins. We didn't eat dinner in the hotel as there are so many restaurants to choose from in walking distance, but the breakfast was really good whether you wanted continental or a good choice of cooked breakfasts. We've stayed in a few hotels in the lake district but based on location alone this is hard to beat if you want walking, shopping and eating all within minutes. Staff were really helpful and pleasant and free wifi was an unexpected bonus.

Room Tip: 1st floor rooms at front seem to have bigger windows and excellent views
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Nice hotel and very near to the centre of Keswick. We stayed for two nights on the second floor and wished we had paid that little bit more as although we had a view of the lake it was quite a small window and you had to sit by the window to see the view. Very comfortable bed and nice fluffy towels. We had dinner on the second night which was fab and you certainly won't be hungry the portions are huge, we couldn't manage pudding.
We were a little disappointed not to have received the current discount they are offering for dinner,b & b for the night we had dinner if they had they would have exceeded our expectations especially as we booked and paid a £50 deposit in July. However, I note that to receive the discount you have to book directly with the hotel so maybe it is best to look on their website before you book.
We did enjoy our stay and would use this hotel again.

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Property: Highfield Hotel
Address: The Heads, Keswick CA12 5ER, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Keswick
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Hotel Class:3 star — Highfield Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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