We had a weekend away with a Groupon voucher, three adults and two dogs. We had a family room - Causey Pike. The room was ok - no hair dryer, lights in the annexe were either all on or all off including the main overhead one. It was ok but a side light of some sort would have helped at night. The beds in here are bunk beds so not great for an adult but we managed. The bathroom was ok but could've done with a really good clean. It's not like it was horrendously dirty but the windows needed cleaning on the inside and there was grime round the edges, the mirror wouldn't stay upright either. There was a distinct lack of sockets to plug things into so bending down to use the kettle socket I found that it was all grimy. Most people have cameras, phones, iPads...come on, get a plug or two in there! Just an observation rather than outright criticism.
So, yes, we'd two dogs and we always take their own beds and blankets and they're not allowed on the beds without a blanket. There was a brown blanket on the bed so we rolled in back only to discover that it was thick with dog hair. Now I don't mind a bit of dirt, I can easily deal with things like that at home but I don't like other peoples dirt and I don't like other peoples dog hair and that made our stomachs roll. So other people had let their dog sleep on it, that's not a problem but please let the new guests have a new and clean blanket!
The room was seriously chilly but there was an extra radiator and it was a very old place. The TV was awful, barely a signal so kinda hard to watch.
The breakfast was different on day two to day one. We had black pudding, fried bread and a mushroom on day two, they were absent on day one! Both breakfasts were still excellent and cooked as you waited.
All in all, we'd a lovely time here. The bedroom definitely needed a spruce up and for a B and B it needed a few things looking at, but the friendly staff, excellent food and gorgeous views made us overlook the tired room. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it.
A couple of extra sockets needed.
A hair dryer....which was advertised as being present
A clean blanket on the bed
Maybe an extra blanket or two in the wardrobe at this time of year in case it's chilly
Side light in the annexe
Otherwise great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional, over 300 year old, lakeland pub,with bed and breakfast rooms. We're a short walk from Derwentwater and the iconic Catbells. Traditional bar with open fire places. The location of this hotel is perfect if you want to explore the lake district, with mountain views from some rooms and all bars. We also have a six bedroom holiday let available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swinside Inn Keswick/Newlands Valley, UK