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Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 175 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lake District
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9 reviews
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“Perfect B&B,”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

2 nights spent in september, just spot-on in every respect. Room large, spotless, well appointed, comfortable and warm, with a comfy bed, really good shower in the ensuite, plenty of drawers/wardrobes to put your stuff in, proper kettle with proper cups/mugs, home made short bread with your brew, comfy chairs in front of light and dual aspect windows.

Breakfast again excellent - proper fruit salad (inc kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, grapes, peach - this is not something out of a tin). As well as the fresh juices, and the usual choice of cereals, there is also a selection of yoghurts, prunes, museli's and granola's.
The cooked full english is again spot-on. Good choice, and top quality - the sausages, bacon and black pud especially good.

As for the hosts, Denise and Rod could not be more welcoming - nothing is too much trouble. They are chatty, funny and friendly hosts who are genuinely interested in you, and your stay with them. Made our stay really enjoyable, we had a great time and would wholeheartedly recommend Portland House to anyone.

To top it all off, it is just two minutes walk to the moot hall (centre of keswick), so could not be better placed, and yet quiet, and with a half decent change of parking out front - which is real bonus in keswick. (ps - If you are thinking of taking in a performance at the theatre, dont forget to mention it to Rod or Denise, who are ambassadors for the theatre and can get a couple of quid off your tickets for you.)

Thanks again guys, hope to see you again soon.

Room Tip: Our room also had a single bed (family room), which was very useful for 'stuff' which we use...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I stayed in the single room for 7 nights and it was perfect. Rod and Denise made me feel very welcome and were always giving me good advice when I wanted it. They run a fabulous B&B in a good location and I can't wait to stay at Portland House again.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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traralgon, victoria
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the Portland Bed and Breakfast and would recommend this property to anyone. The hosts, Denise and Rod made us so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The historic property is charming with beautiful ensuited bedrooms. The choice and quality of the breakfasts is first class and I can highly recommend the Eggs Benedict. We will stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Denise and Rod are two of the most welcoming, generous, and funny people you could hope to meet while on vacation. They run a fantastic spotless B&B that has got everything right, as per previous reviews. Large rooms, comfortable bed, quiet street, clean updated bathroom with good water pressure, tea service in the room, hair dryer, free WiFi, radiator heat, operable windows, drapes that do a good job blocking light, plenty of big towels, variety of furnishings for your belongings, area information including walk routes, etc. After our long drive to Keswick we were welcomed with afternoon tea including really delicious homemade shortbread (so good!). My only complaint is that we could not stay longer. We probably spent too much of our time there just talking to Denise and Rod because they’re so personable and interesting!! If you don’t know what to do or if the weather changes, Rod is eager to provide ideas, maps, and directions. He even gave us a good route to our next destination and it did not disappoint. As mentioned in other reviews, Denise's breakfast is amazing. We stayed at some great places on our vacation and this was our favorite. Such a pleasure staying there I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else in the Lake District and we cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: King Size Superior Room on the 2nd floor is huge! No "view" but we enjoyed the quaint adj...
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Leeds
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Enjoyed a great stay at Portland House. All the tripadvisor reviews are very accurate so we would just like to endorse what previous guests have said. On arrival Denise and Rod were very welcoming and we were able to check in at 12.30. We had booked the large room (4) and a single. Both were very clean, comfortable and decorated to a high standard. The breakfasts were the real star of the show, especially the pancakes with bananas and orange. Rod is very happy to recommend places to visit and trips. We will recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

We are regular visitors to the lakes, but this was our first time staying in Keswick, and we based our choice of B&B on the trip adviser reviews of the area. (Well I did, because the alpha male leaves such decisions to me - sensible man!) So I know from experience how useful these reviews are to folk. Well let me reassure you that you will not be disappointed if you choose to stay at Portland House. First & foremost, by far it's greatest attributes are Denise & Rod, the proprietors, who are brilliant at what they do. Denise's breakfasts are delicious, and amongst the best we have eaten, her scrambled egg & smoked salmon muffin, and eggs Benedict are of restaurant standard. She & Rod make a brilliant team, and Portland House is a real credit to them, they run the operation there perfectly. If you plan to set up a B&B in Keswick, this is the standard to which you should aspire. The location is great, and the accommodation is everything you could wish for, clean, welcoming, tastefully furnished & decorated, with thoughtful finishing touches like homemade biscuits, toiletries and bath robes. Rod works the front of house like he was born to it. A real 'people person'; helpful without being intrusive, attuned to, and considerate of different people's needs and wants from their holiday, and a wicked sense of humour to boot. I have only one (tiny, tiny,) request to make, which is simply I would have liked a couple of bottles of complimentary water in the room. But bottled water or no, make no mistake, if we stay in Keswick in the future, we will be ringing Portland house first to check availability, because we were very happy with our choice.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Eccleston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Stayed for two nights at Portland House Bed and Breakfast. Denise an Rod welcomed us with a lovely pot of coffee,which was very thoughtful. Our room which was number 5, was very spacious which we were suprised by,very nicely decorated and clean.Lovely on suite shower/bathroom. The double bed was so comfortable,I usually cannot wait to get home to my own comfy bed but this was not the case.There was well provided tea and coffee facilities in the room,hairdryer which was a big bonus,tv and ample wardrobe space.Just a small walk into the town centre makes it a very convenient location.Breakfast choice was brilliant from a full english to smoked salmon and scrambled egg,excellent.This was our fourth time in Keswick and first time staying at Portland House I wish we would of found it sooner.Rod and Denise were excellent hosts we enjoyed staying here very much,we will be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 19 Leonard Street, Keswick CA12 4EL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 175 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Portland House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive Victorian residence in a quiet area within easy walking distance of Keswick town centre, theatre and the lake. Our six en-suite guest rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished. Breakfasts are freshly cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients and include traditional English with vegetarian options, or choose from several lighter options. Special diets can be catered for and all beverages are Fair trade. A warm welcome awaits you. Completely non smoking and sorry no pets or children under 12 years. ... more   less 

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