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Clarence House
Ranked #20 of 189 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stumbled across Clarence House in January, as the usual place we stay at, The Edwardene, was closed up, as the owners were on holiday. I'm always apprehensive staying somewhere new, just in case I don't like it, but we were utterly charmed by Richard & Karen from the moment we arrived. Such a genuine, down to earth & helpful couple. You can tell by the decor that they've spent a lot of time & effort doing up the place. It was clean, warm & cosy. I have a few food intolerances which they accomodated at breakfast without a qualm. The B&B is situated on Eskin Street, which is only a few minutes walk into the centre of town. It's a quiet street. I have stayed in places in the past where the rumble of traffic is intolerable, but here it was peaceful. The rooms are serviced well and you even get small bottles of water in your room, with your tea & biscuits - a nice touch.

Room Tip: We had the kingsized room
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Lisa M
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2013

Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for this positive review, it's really kind and thoughtful of you. We're so pleased that you and Jon enjoyed your stay and thank you for being such lovely guests. We really want Clarence House to be a relaxing and comfortable place where the guests feel they have been well looked after. We hope you had a trouble-free journey back to London and would love to see you again the next time you visit Keswick.
Thanks again and kind regards
Karen & Richard (& Alfie woof-woof)

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Once you stay at Clarence House you will realise that having owners who take the time to welcome, advise and understand your needs, it is worth its weight in gold. They remembered previous conversations and interests and were on hand to fill us in with all the local info. and advice we might need. This is priceless and saves a lot of time and sometimes disappointment when you have planned things in ignorance from home. Spending time with their guests is unusual in B. & B's as there is always something that appears more pressing to do but Richard and Karen appear to genuinely enjoy chatting with (not talking at) or getting rid of their guests as quick as possible. They recommended a superb walk around Crummock Water during our stay - peaceful, relaxing and magnificent in every way - which was truly enhanced by our seeing them actually doing the walk themselves with their family and dog. It was like meeting old friends. This is a great B & B. and as long as Richard and Karen are there, I cannot see us staying in any other when up in the lakes. We have not found any disadvantages to relate - Karen even remembered how we liked our eggs! Genuinely recommended.

Room Tip: Have been in 3 different rooms and all have the same qualities, so no disappointments or disadvantag...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Ann B
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2013

Dear Ann. Many thanks for such kind words, Karen and myself really appreciate it. We do genuinely enjoy chatting with our guests and hope that we can help them to enjoy this very special corner of England. Thanks again and please come and see us again this year.
Regards
Karen & Richard

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Very appealing website that lives up to what it states. The rooms are immaculate, new,clean,tidy and very comfortable. Karen and Richard were lovely hosts and very helpful. The breakfasts were wonderful also. There are cheaper B & B's but for a little extra you will not be disappointed with the value for money at Clarence House.

Room Tip: Room 3 has a nice bay window and a king size bed.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Steve T
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2012

Dear Steve, Angela, Dave & Carol. Thanks for such great feedback - we really appreciate it. It's nice for us to have such lovely friendly guests such as yourselves and we do hope you will visit us again. We work hard to offer our guests high quality at an affordable price. We could buy cheaper breakfast ingredients, use plain cotton rather than Egyptian Cotton bed linen, not put mineral water and luxury biscuits on the hospitality trays, offer a lower brand of toiletries, use tinned fruit in the fruit salad etc..... but we don't. We strongly believe that our guests really notice and appreciate all of these things and hope that they feel that we offer great value for money.
Thanks again
Kind Regards
Richard & Karen

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed for three nights at the recommendation of another b&b. We were very impressed from the warm welcome we received which continued throughout our stay, lovely room and very filling breakfasts. We will definitely recommend this b&b.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Dear Karen. Thanks very much for your feedback and we are so glad that you and Geoff enjoyed your stay at Clarence House. We really do want our guests to feel our house is a friendly and welcoming place and we think that's what people would expect in a small family-run B&B.
Thanks again and all our best wishes
Richard & Karen

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Late booking so not too much choice of places to stay. Went for this one because reviews put it above most other B&B's in Keswick. It deserves to be. Lovely place - owners very helpful and friendly, wonderful breakfasts and nice, good quality furnishings etc - will be coming back, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank robiju
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2012

Thank you very much for these kind words and for taking the trouble to post this review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Clarence House and hope you will visit us again in the future.
Regards
Richard & Karen

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were fortunate to find Clarence house for our 1 night stay in Keswick. we were met by Karen and Richard and given a warm welcome. Our room, (3) as the rest of the house has been refurbished to a very high, tasteful standard. The room is spacious and has a very comfortable bed, with everything necessary for your stay. Breakfast the following morning was also to a very high standard, using quality ingredients, nicely prepared and presented and with a variety of options. Thanks to Richard and Karen for their hospitality. Our only downside was that we could only stay one night this time! We hope to return before too long and would thoroughly recommend this B&B regards Chris and Bev,

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Chris P
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear Chris & Bev. Many thanks for providing such great feedback, we really do value our guests comments. It was a real pleasure to welcome you both to Clarence House and we are pleased that you seem to have enjoyed your stay with us. It would be lovely to see you both again in the future and hopefully you can stay a little longer.
Thanks again and best wishes

Richard & Karen

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Very warm friendly welcome from Richard on arrival .
Tasteful warm decor through out the property.
Room 3 is lovely,quality towels/bedding,with some nice touches and a very comfortable bed.
Karen's breakfast are excellant and those mushrooms are amazing !.
Very good value B&B,5 mins walking distance into Keswick Town.

Room Tip: Room 3 good sized and comfy bed.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Peggy B
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you so much for taking the trouble to post this review. Karen and myself get genuine satisfaction from knowing that our guests have had a pleasant and relaxing experience - it makes the hard work all worth it.

Thanks again and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Regards

Richard & Karen

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Additional Information about Clarence House

Address: 14 Eskin Street, Keswick CA12 4DQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 189 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range: $113 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jane and Nigel welcome you to Clarence House. A fine detached victorian guest house, recently refurbished to offer a high standard of accommodation. Friendly, clean and comfortable. Conveniently located in a quiet residential location but just 5 minutes walk from Keswick town centre and 10 minutes from the lake. All rooms have been completely refurbished and are now decorated and furnished in a smart and relaxing style. They all offer quality oak and pine furniture, generous hospitality trays and free broadband WiFi.Breakfast is served in the spacious and attractive dining room, complete with Victorian fireplace. Guests can choose from a number of breakfast options as well as help-yourself cereals, juices, yoghurts and fruit. ... more   less 
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