on the A591, Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QG, United Kingdom
Deserves to be a success
We stayed one night here in August 2012. We were both disappointed with the style and decor which we found old fashioned, gloomy and a bit depressing. It's all very well wanting to recall a bygone age but this has to be done really well and throughout to pull it off. This just looked tired, dark and adams familyish to us. But I guess this is down to personal preference. The new owners (three of whom we understand are American) of 8 months clearly like the 'olde worlde' style and are set to keep this. So if you like that sort of thing.... The room we had was on the road side with view out toward the lake (but you cannot see the lake) it was clean but very dated in style. Not dated as in edwardian or classical just totally out of keeping with the rest of the hotel. New TV and new curtains but really scruffy painted wardrobe with chipped paint. Bed not great either. Bathroom felt small & institutional - especially compared to the three previous B&B's we'd just stayed in. The road was quite noisy at times.
That all said, the owners derserve to make a success of this as they were very friendly, dedicated and trying very hard. Tea in the garden was lovely with homemade viennese cakes and dinner was very good. We would say perhaps the menu was TOO complicated and a bit fussy- the combinations a bit over the top. Our red wine was brought and a huge glass poured immediately without the chance to try - little things like that let the 'fine dining' pretensions down. Breakfast was good but I'm not convinced by the paranoia over gluten-free everything! I'd rather see homemade bread than gluten-free rice krispies. All in all, I think if willingnes and hard work count for anything they may succeed, but a building like this surely needs huge amounts of cash injected into it to bring it up to todays standards and expectations.
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A place to relax
I have read some reviews about the dated rooms, yes I would agree with that to a point but they are always clean. This hotels strengths are it's location and most of all the service you get from the family that run this great place. The evening meals are fantastic and the breakfasts are good.
I left my car at the hotel for one day whilst I climbed Skiddaw. All the other Peaks are within 45 minutes drive. This is a nice quiet and relaxing hotel, a cup of tea in the lounge or a pint in the bar in front of the fire is the order of the day. This isn't the Holiday Inn so don't expect top notch amenities just unsurpassed service.
"Good and Bad"
Good points - Public rooms are nicely furnished and comfortable with the games room being an added bonus. The food at breakfast and dinner was excellent with some lovely touches especially the homemade truffles with the coffee. The hotel staff were friendly, very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.
Bad points - Our room No. 11 was a huge disappointment the furniture and carpet looked old and shabby and the bedding although clean was washed out. There were damp patches on the walls which explained why the window was open when we arrived. The bathroom needed replacing and the layout changed as the door collided with the shower on entering. The only good point about the room was the spectacular view but as there was only one chair in the room we had to take turns to enjoy it.
We always book upmarket hotels for our short breaks and were very disappointed with this choice. Our evenings were spent in the public lounge or games room as our room was very unwelcoming and offered no comfort for relaxing. Our bill of £400 for 3 nights we felt was grossly over priced and would have been better suited to room 1 which we were able to view when it was being cleaned. On departure we were asked if everything was ok and were met with silence when we complained about the room.
We will not be staying at the Ravenstone again but would return to Keswick Country House Hotel where the standard is constant throughout.
Fantastic Place for a Break
We have been to the Ravenstone many times and always have a wonderful holiday and relaxing break away from it all in the lovely surroundings of the Lake District. The rooms are extremely comfortable and very well decorated and furnished. On our last visit we were at the front of the hotel and had wonderful views over the valley to Bassenthwaite Lake. The food is first rate, lovely fresh, local ingredients and a good choice on the menu. The service and hospitality is first class and you are made to feel extremely welcome. We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in the Lakes. We will definitely be returning.
Nigel and Susan Hirst
A great stay in fantastic location
We stayed at the Ravenstone Hotel at the end of May & had a great time. Andrew & Debra the owners, were very attentive and knowledgeable about the area, & the staff were were all really pleasant & accomodating. The hotel has a very cosy bar, snooker room and pleasant lounge with perfect views of Bassenthwaite. The food was very good and our room had just been refurbished to a high standard & was very comfortable. The hotel garden leads to woods on one side with good quality paths, and an osprey viewing hide. A trail from the garden leads literally straight up Skiddaw which made for an incredible challenging walk. Although the hotel don't take pets, on the recommendation of Andrew we were able to board our dog in kennels at a veterinary practice down the road which allowed us to drop the dog off late afternoon and pick up early in the morning so it was not a problem and was reasonably priced. All in all our stay at Ravenstone was an excellent experience and one which we intend repeating in the not too distant future. Ideal for walkers, bird watchers and just chilling out.
aa impressional Hotel
We visited Ravenstone hotel in Oct 2008 and found an attractive building in well maintained grounds with views towards Bassenthwaite Lake.The lawn alongside the hotel was ideal for pre-dinner drinks.There are red squirels deer and badger sets in the woods to the rear of the house.
We recieved a friendly welcome and were shown to an excellent, comfortable, bedroom with en-suite facilities.All the bedrooms are en-suite and some have four-poster beds.
The dining room has large windows with views towards the Lake. The well prepared excellent food was served by efficeint staff.
There is a large lounge,decorated in cream and gold,a warm relaxing place to meet friends or read a book.
A well stocked 'bar area'with open fire,leads to the games room which has a full sized snooker table a pool table and table tennis.
All public rooms and hotel corridors are carpeted in a rust coloured carpet giving a warm, welcoming, feeling to the Hotel.
Our four day stay was very enjoyable and we will certainly return in the future.
Donald and Hazel .-regular visiters.
Wonderful family mini vacation with 3 adult children and 3 grandchilren
This was our third visit to this beautifully situated hotel in the glorious Lakeland area of England overlooking the small lake called Bassenthwaite. Thwaite, we learned, is an old Viking word meaning "a clearing in the wood". The bedrooms we had, all with modern en-suite bathrooms, were well appointed and very comfortable. The hotel is a greatly expanded house of historical significance dating back to the 1860's, and the site was significant even before that.
The hotel is at the foot of Skiddaw Mountain rising from the back of the property, and close to the beautiful old market town of Keswick on Lake Windermere. There is also a circle of ancient stones nearby dating to the time of Stonehenge. It's a beautiful area.
The food was excellent and plentiful, the staff are friendly, and nothing is too much trouble. There are billiard and table tennis tables, and a cozy old English pub with a roaring fire in a lovely stone fireplace for evenings "at home" for the hotel guests, and it's the "local'' for nearby inhabitants too. Highly recommended.
Loved the Lamb
We booked only a short time ago, and were allocated room 11 on the second floor. Whilst adequate in terms of space, it was difficult to warm up. The only radiator is below the window, and gets covered by the curtains. The view is amazing, but there is only one chair. The en-suite with shower serves it's purpose, but would benefit from updating.
The public rooms are spacious & comfortable. There is a cosy bar with coal fire, and also a games room with snooker, pool, bar football and table tennis.
The food is excellent, and the staff friendly & helpful.
We have stayed there before, and hope to stay again, but will hope next time to get a room on the first floor.
Ravenstone can only be described as home from home but with the added bonus of being in the most beautiful part of the Lake District.If you are in need of a cure for stress or bordom and you want a friendly distraction from the norm then book a few days with Andrew and Deborah.Revenstone is well run ,very comfortable and attracts you back with many apealing features not at least the fine menu and friendly atmosphere.Our recent visit this Autumn was to provide us with an outstanding display of colour ,and the wooded areas surrounding the hotel were at their peak of excellence.We walked our legs off and then relaxed in a hot bath before an excellent meal.Cant wait to go back, not just to be spoiled but to meet the many friends that seem to grow at each visit.
We have stayed several times at the Ravenstone Hotel, having been attracted there in the first place by the willingness of the proprietors to cater for people on special diets and to provide them with a choice of menu options. When we first visited the hotel everything on the menu was available in a gluten free form, which was a unique selling point! That is no longer the case but there is still a good chocie of menu uptions.
The rooms are gradually being upgraded and this time we stayed in one of the newly refurbished rooms, which was very nice. Contrary to the experiences of recent guests staying in Room 11, we were so warm - even with the new and extremely efficient radiator shut down completely - that we had to open a window to cool down!
It is true that the rooms are, by and large, only spacious enough for one easy chair, but they are not cramped. There is always a log fire burning in the grates in the bar and lounge, and they provide a cheerful alternative to sitting on the edge of the bed in your room.
There are no Freeview channels on the excellent widescreen TVs. Is this a Cumbrian thing to do with poor signal reception?
A fabulous place to stay
We have just returned from five nights at the ravenstone Hotel and it was absolutely superb you just could not fault it everything is first class. The new chef is excellent and he serves up some wonderful mouth watering dishes. We are returning for the new year break and we are really looking forward to it. We have stayed at other hotels in the Lake District and there is no comparison it is just excellent value for money. They strive on perfection and they get perfection.In our opinion you could not get any better if you stayed in a five star hotel. Two very satisfied customers.
Gwyn & Tony Mason
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