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“Best B&B in the Lakes”
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Clarence House
Ranked #13 of 173 Keswick B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best B&B in the Lakes”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

I visited Clarence House with my boyfriend for our anniversary in October. Our stay was absolutely perfect. Clarence House is beautifully decorated, clean and well serviced, Karen and Richard were so welcoming, friendly and helpful without being overbearing and the location is perfect for easy access to the town and to skiddaw and for vehicular access to the other lakes. All in all a great stay!

We would definitely stay again.

Sarah and Peter

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear Sarah & Peter

It's really good of you to post this review so soon after your visit and we are very grateful. It's lovely for us to see a nice young couple obviously enjoying their break in Keswick and we're pleased to be able to play a part in making your weekend special for you. Now you've conquered Skiddaw - the skies the limit, so please come and see us again.

Many thanks and best wishes

Karen & Richard
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Belbroughton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed for the weekend of the Keswick beer festival, when the town is heaving, and we were really pleased to have found this B&B. It is very pleasant, well appointed rooms, convenient location close to the town centre, street parking nearby was straightforward. The breakfast is just what you want and the owners are helpful and friendly as required (e.g. not overbearing like some, but very approachable and happy to chat). This all left us feeling we had very good value. The highest praise I could give is that we would use this B&B again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Peter

Thank you for posting this review and for recommending our Guest House to others. It's really satisfying for us to know that you enjoyed your stay at Clarence House and the Beer Festival of course!

Kind Regards

Karen & Richard
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Leeds
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was our second stay at Calrence House and I was very impressed that Richard remembered who we were even though it is 6 months since our previous stay (and who knows how many people will have passed through over the long and hot summer!). From the moment we arrived it was like visiting old friends and again Richard was a good source of advice on walks and shops (after all, you can never have too many coats).

We stayed in a different room this time, it was just as nice as the previous room but had great views of Blencathra. As always the breakfast was delicious and we really enjoyed chatting to Richard and Karen during breakfast.

I would strongly encourage anyone to stay here.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Richard & Laura

Thank you so much for another very kind review and it was really nice to see you both again. As you know we have only been trading for just over a year and it's great for us when we have return visitors such as yourselves. Exactly like you say - it's like old friends coming to stay. Have a fabulous time on your forthcoming travels and please be sure to come back again and tell us all about it.

Best wishes

Karen & Richard
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

My husband and I last week spent two nights at Clarence House, a venue chosen because he'd had such a good experience staying there earlier this year with 4 walking/climbing companions. It was just as good as he'd said it was- attractive bedroom, good shower, excellent, cooked -to- order breakfast- but the USP of Clarence House is its truly terrific proprietors. While staying in Keswick, Angus [husband] left his precious Tilley hat, which has seen him up hills and at remote loch sides all over the UK, in the pub; lovely Richard not only collected said hat from the pub, but also posted it to Glasgow, refusing to accept cost pf postage.The reunion between man and hat should take place tomorrow;tears may be shed!
Thanks again, Richard and Karen- we can't speak highly enough of the service you provide.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Ailsa
Thank you for coming to stay with us and for posting this kind review. It really was no bother at all to help "The Hat" be reunited with Angus and we hope they have many more adventures together - including a return to Keswick perhaps?

Thanks again and best wishes

Richard & Karen
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skelton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

this was our second stay here and to be honest we would never go anywhere else in keswick , real home from home , beautiful well maintained and exceptionaly clean , and a breakfast to die for , richard and karen welcolmed us with open arms ,only downside to our stay was that we had to go home !!! we will see you again soon xxx

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Bev

It was great to see you and Kev again and thank you so much for posting this review. Hope you enjoyed seeing the Tour of Britain bike race come through - despite the rain! Look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.

Best wishes

Karen & Richard
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The best b&b my wife and myself have ever stayed in. Great breakfast and location. Richard very knowledgeable about area and did two of the walks he recommended. If anyone is looking for a top class b&b in the lake district then this is the one to stay at.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear digat

It's really good of you to post this review and to recommend us so strongly. Thank you and please come again.

Regards

Karen & Richard
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stayed at The Clarence House with my wife on a weekend away in the lakes. We had a fantastic time and we were extremely well looked after by Richard & Karen. The room was very clean and comfortable and the breakfast was very, good indeed. We will definitely be heading back to Clarence House and will be taking more of our family with us to experience this delightful place and the wonder that is the Lake District.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richard L, Owner at Clarence House, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear KevEv

Thank you for this very kind review, we really appreciate it and hope you'll come and stay with us again. Yes the Lake District is a very special place and we enjoy helping our guests discover its charms.

Regards

Karen & Richard
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Property: 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 #13 of 173 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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