Hotel Review: Ravenstone Lodge, Keswick
This bed-and-breakfast is small and intimate, and set in a lovely rural location. The whole complex has been carefully converted from a former farm, and the bistro bar is situated in what used to the stables. The stable stalls have actually been turned into booths, so you really feel like you’re experiencing country life at its best.
The lodge offers two dining options: a restaurant and a bistro bar. The Coach House Restaurant was recently awarded an AA Rosette and supplies a fine dining experience, while the bistro bar is more relaxed. And all the food we had was exemplary from start to finish. Herbs plucked fresh from the extensive gardens, and freshly-baked homemade bread at breakfast every morning. Divine! It’s those little touches that really make a break away from home feel special.
Our room was spacious and offered plenty of storage space. There was a generously-sized flat-screen TV, and the tea facilities were stocked with supplies from local businesses, which was a nice touch that really suited Ravenstone’s intimate vibe. The bathroom can be described as no less than grand, with a wet room and steps leading up to a very deep bath—sheer indulgence, if you ask me!
We were lucky enough to receive an invitation for a night cap with the owner of the B&B, Mike, who provided us with tipples from the local whisky distillery and told us many a-local tale. The next day, we head out to visit the distillery ourselves on Mike’s suggestion.
Looking out over the hills, we could imagine ourselves spending the winter months playing cards with friends in the lodge’s conservatory, or devouring homemade soup and bread in the restaurant. It would be a truly beautiful place to stay when the snow starts to fall.
Things to do in the area:
Carlisle is home to many interesting venues. The Tullie House Museum hosts a changing programme of exhibitions from national and international artists, while the Solway Aviation Museum hosts a collection of aircrafts and aviation artefacts. And if shopping is your passion, the only thing that will suffer in Carlisle is your bank balance.
Rooms at Ravenstone Lodge start at £65.00 for two sharing including full English breakfast. Visit their website here.