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Swinside Lodge Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Newlands
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We spent 4 nights in this gorgeous Georgian hotel, home of Kath & Mike Bilton. It is has an intimate ambiance in a scenic quiet location 7 minutes walk from the shore of Derwentwater. The house is beautifully furnished and the decor shows off the talents of Kath who has flair as an interior designer who loves taking on projects on commission out of season ( tel 07745436480 ). The meals are prepared by Clive the chef who provides 4 course evening gourmet delights, you can ask for vegetarian meals by request. We stayed in Lilac room which is the largest on the first floor , and in our opinion the best room in the house . The 3 rooms on the second floor have dormer windows and some sloping ceilings , previously we have stayed in Elm, which is cosy, but lacks the larger windows of the first floor rooms , Oak is better & has a lovely light large bathroom . The second floor rooms may be a cheaper option but I would prefer a first floor room . For details of the rooms go to booking tab, and click on the link that says on-line booking facility, then if you click on the room name more details are visible in a pop up box. In summary , I love this hotel, which is much commended, and rightly so.

Room Tip: Go for a first floor room, front facing .
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Hotel is an absolute gem, we have just returned from a fabulous break which we thoroughly enjoyed. The Hotel is situated in a beautiful location, quiet and easy to find.
Our room was comfortable and spotlessly clean.
Mike and Kath are fantastic hosts, always there to welcome you, they have local knowledge about where to go etc and ready to help with any requests.
Best of all the food...the breakfasts and evening meals were superb.
The chef creates a perfect blend of dishes using fresh local produce, the meals were always hot and presented beautifully.
The quality of the food and wine choice is more than we expected, a very pleasant surprise.
A thoroughly enjoyable stay, thank you Mike and Kath, we will return.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Swindside is located in a very beautiful spot, just by the foot of catbells and a few minutes from the shores of Derwentwater. As others have pointed out the food is quite different from your average B&B. The many accolades speak for themselves and I entirely agree. The food is excellently prepared and presented and the portions are right. I commend the winelist and selection of wines by the glass. It is the attention to detail and the presentation that is really on par with top hotels. This combined with the very friendly and helpful owners makes Swinside a great destination.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank ManchesterRay
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This little hotel is top quality all round!
It's in a quiet area with beautiful scenery surrounding.
Lovely room as clean as it gets, amazing food and most importantly very friendly, helpful owners. The hotel is a real credit to them.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Jerome W
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Dining at Swinside Lodge never disappoints: we had many excellent dinners there, the most recent one being no exception. The elaborate hors d’oeuvre heightened our sense of anticipation, and what followed was indeed exquisite: steamed lemon sole with smoked salmon paupiette, braised leeks and a ‘prawny’ concoction whose full name escapes me. The tomato and basil soup was equally delicious, as was the main course of roast duck breast. While the restaurant offers a set menu, there is always a choice of two desserts: usually a hot pudding and a cold dessert. I opted for mango mousse, which simply melted on the tongue. We took our coffee and petit fours in one of the lounges, where a wood-burner kept the chill of a March evening at bay. In short, another lovely evening at Swinside Lodge.

Room Tip: Living in Keswick, I have never actually stayed at Swinside Lodge (which is why I have been unable t...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a night at Swinside. We ate in the restaurant and the food was amazing as was the wine and the service.

The hotel is situated right below Cat Bells and the views in all directions are fantastic. The hotel would be a perfect base for walking but it was wet and windy while we were there, this just made Swinside feel more cosy and gave a good excuse to sit in our bay window with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The breakfast of locally sourced ingredients was again perfect whilst looking out into the garden.

We will definitely be returning in the summer with the hope of enjoying the views even more and getting some walking done.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank e111s
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We have just returned from three nights staying in Lilac .The room was spacious and comfortable. The food was varied and very enjoyable, the set menu worked well. The hotel was very clean tastefully decorated and well furnished .The only negative was the mark up on the wine which we thought was high.

Room Tip: Well worth paying the extra for Lilac
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Swinside Lodge Hotel

Address: Grange Road, Newlands, Keswick CA12 5UE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick > Newlands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Newlands
Price Range: $156 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Swinside Lodge Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small luxury hotel in the heart of the English Lake District personally owned and run by Mike and Kath Bilton. A warm welcome awaits - hospitality and food are our passions, and the hotel has recently been voted in the top three Fine Dining Restaurants in Cumbria with an AA 2 Rosette Restaurant supplemented by a 75 bin wine list. Local wildlife including red squirrels can be seen in abundance in the gardens, and spectacular walks and drives start from the hotel's door. Seven bedrooms all with beautiful mountain views. ... more   less 
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