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“Wonderful stay - with all the touches”

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Portland House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 173 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Berkshire
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay - with all the touches”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Just come back from a lovely stay at the Portland Guest House. The owners, Denise and Rod, were very welcoming and genuinely interested in making our stay as good as possible. They were friendly and provided helpful advice on where to go for walks and food when we asked. The room was a good standard with a very comfortable bed. There were some nice little touches too like homemade shortbread with the coffee and tea in the room and the room was well equipped with items from wine glasses and a corkscrew to shower caps and face wipes. Secure and fast Wifi was available to finalise our itinerary!

There was good choice in the breakfast where you can choose what to have in a full English or choose other options like scrambled egg and salmon on an English muffin.

The b&b is just a few minutes walk to the centre of Keswick. This was good for us as we were very close to the centre whilst still being in a quiet area.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and couldn't have asked for a better base to explore Keswick from. If we came back to Keswick we would book here again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for writing such a great review. We enjoyed meeting you and are glad that you were able to pack so much into your visit to Keswick - there is plenty more to do, so hopefully you will come back and stay with us again some time!
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Watford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Attractive room, comfortable bed, well-equipped ensuite with soft towels, delicious breakfasts, welcoming hosts, excellent location - couldn't be bettered. Rod and Denise do their utmost to ensure that you will have a superb stay in their lovely B&B and make the most of all the attractions this beautiful part of the country has to offer. Can't understand why they're not ranked number 1 in Keswick!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to write this review. We both love the Lake District and really do try to ensure that our guests to get the most out of their stay here. It is good to know you found the new bed in your room comfortable, we are getting very favourable comments from everyone who has stayed so far!
We hope to welcome you here again one day.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Chelsea, Canada
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a wonderful B&B, beautifully decorated and in a great location. Denise and Rod are super friendly, helpful and well-informed about things to do in the area. Their breakfasts are delicious with a great selection to choose from. And the lemon shortbread they left in the room every day was a lovely touch and ever so yummy. I'd definitely recommend staying here, you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: First floor corner room has large windows on two sides and is very bright and spacious.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Thank you Ruth for your great comments, it was good to meet you both. Glad you enjoyed the shortbread in your room - we have just made a fresh batch this morning ready for the busy weekend!
We hope you will come and stay with us again if you return to Keswick.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Location, comfortable facility and outstanding hosts combine to make this a must stay while in Keswick. The hosts go to extra lengths to make their guests feel welcome and comfortable. They genuinely enjoy their guests and take pride in their service and B&B. it was everything we wanted and more. We have recommended to friends and look forward to a future visit.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
We enjoyed meeting you and thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. One of the things we like about running our guesthouse is meeting visitors from around the world!
We look forward to maybe meeting some of your friends when they come to England and hope to see you again at Portland House.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

If you are looking for spotless accommodation with large comfortable rooms, breakfasts that will set you up for the day and hosts that can't do enough for you, then stay at Portland House. We have just returned from another week spent at this superb B&B. Portland House is only a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Keswick with all it's pubs, shops and the beautiful lake. A couple of our favourite walks are easily accessible from Portland House, one is the wonderful walk along the old railway line starting from Fitz Park skirting the River Greta all the way to Threlkeld for lunch at the Horse and Farrier. The other walk is the easy climb to Walla Crag. This walk begins only a couple of streets away from Portland House and the views from the top over Derwentwater are simply superb. Rod and Denise are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. It just has to be the best accommodation and at those prices, well, how can you go anywhere else?

Room Tip: It doesn't matter which room you stay in, every room at Portland House is superb. Spotlessly cl...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
It was good to see you again and we are pleased you had another enjoyable stay with us.
Thank you for sharing information about the location and nearby walks, this is helpful for guests visiting Keswick for the first time.
You were fortunate to see red squirels last week - we will look out for an email with the photos!
We hope you enjoy your next holiday and look forward to seeing you here again soon.
Best wishes
Denise and Rod
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rotherfield
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed with Denise and Rod at the end of April, they were the witnesses at our wedding in Kendal on the 27th. We had another great stay with them, room 4 was a great place to wake up with my now wife, everything we could have wished for was done for us by both Denise and Rod. Breakfast in the beautiful dining room is a good place to start your day, everything is cooked from scratch by Denise while Rod takes the orders, and if you need any local information on where to go or what to do....just ask. We couldn't fault Portland House at all, the biggest disappointment was having to leave..........roll on September, we will be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
It was a pleasure having you to stay and to celebrate your wedding with you both - a first for us at Portland House! We have posted some photos on our facebook page, it was a lovely day and something we will always remember. We are looking forward to seeing you again in September.
Very best wishes
Denise and Rod
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Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We have stayed at Portland House possibly 6 times now, this is our favourite place to stay in the Lake District, which we visit about every 6-8 weeks. Since we last stayed with Denise and Rod in October, the rooms have been decorated and updated. We stayed in Room 5, which had a really comfy super king-sized bed. The room was lovely and spacious, and immaculately clean as always. Lovely little touches are provided, such as facial wipes and hand cream, Denise thinks of everything that her guests might require. Breakfast was delicious, as always, with many choices available, and always served with Rod's excellent sense of humour! We feel at home at Portland House, and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone - you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodden10, Owner at Portland House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
It was lovely to see you again and we were delighted to see your wedding album. Yes, we have been busy decorating over the winter and it is nice to know our guests appreciate it.
We look forward to seeing you both again when you next visit Keswick, either to stay with us or just pop in and say hello!
Denise and Rod
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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 #3 of 173 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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