Location: A few minutes drive from the small Cumbrian town of Keswick, Ravenstone Lodge is situated in the glorious Lake District scenery, nestled between Ullock Pike and Bassenthwaite Lake.
History: Ravenstone Lodge was built in 1861 as the original coach house and stables to Ravenstone Manor (just behind the hotel). The bistro restaurant still holds the historic stable arches that were used and have now been renovated into dining booths. The hotel’s water is supplied by a gravity fed spring from nearby, filtered on site before passing through the taps in each en-suite.
Room amenities: King size sleigh bed, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV, walk-in shower, free wifi across the hotel.
Hotel features: Spacious conservatory with stunning views over the Lake District, wood burning stoves for an intimate atmosphere, local maps/walking guides available to borrow, large selection of board games, AA rosette restaurant, outdoor patio terrace for al fresco dining/drinks in the summer, large maintained grounds for walking.
Restaurant bar: The hotel prides itself locally for it’s AA rosette for Culinary Excellence awarded in April 2014. Under the wing of head chef James Cooper, there is the more casual dining experience in the stable bar bistro for high standard comfort food and the main restaurant for a wide range of locally sourced delights such as pheasant and bream, all provided by farmers and suppliers within the area. The restaurant and bistro are open to the public of an evening, but due to high demand, they do book up very quickly. The cosy bar provides you with the perfect nightcap, with a large selection of wines and local Scotch whiskeys.
Local attractions: Keswick offers a huge selection of outdoor and indoor activities including their famous theatre by the lake during the summer months, Keswick climbing wall, Keswick Brewing Company tours as well as other fantastic attractions nearby such as the Lake District Wildlife Centre, Newlands Adventure Centre, Threlkeld quarry and mining centre and the Rookin House equestrian and activity centre. If after all that you’re still stuck for things to do you could Go Ape!, have a tipple at The Lakes Distillery, go canoeing on Keswick lake or just get lost in the nature trails and walks surrounding you.
We pull into the grounds of Ravenstone Lodge and are greeted with a brisk chill in the air, the rich greens from the trees and mountains surrounding us and the harsh grey Cumbrian slate covering the pretty coach house; it is the epitome of the Lake District. We check in and are greeted with Sarah, the friendly manager who happily takes us up to our room after a tour of the hotel explaining it’s history and the charm that follows as a result. We are in Room 9 – The High Man, a beautiful large room, exuding natural luxury with Oak furniture and a king size sleigh bed. We have two large windows overlooking the neighbouring farm and the fells in the background, as well as a huge wet room complete with bathtub. Prices for this room start from as little as £95 per person for B&B during February and March, and around £115 per person during the summer months, for more information click here.
We decided to unwind in the grand conservatory before dusk, soaking in the lush views of the surrounding fells with a pot of tea in front of the log fire. Ravenstone Lodge offer a great selection of newspapers, luxury magazines and board games for the ultimate escape from reality in their peaceful haven.
We opted for dinner in the restaurant, to really experience head chef’s James Coopers capability. The waiting staff were friendly, efficient and made our experience as relaxing as possible for a busy Saturday night in the restaurant. To start we tasted a delicious goats cheese tart and terrine, followed by a traditional lamb shank and salmon dish. Both were beautifully presented, and as delicious as they looked, with tender pieces of lamb falling off the bone.
After a relaxing evening, a full English breakfast with all the trimmings was on the cards the following morning to set us up for a day exploring. There was a wide range of cereals and locally produced preserves that you could help yourself to, followed by a choice of either the full traditional English breakfast or a lighter option. Ravenstone Lodge also offer Scottish porridge, grilled kippers, eggs Benedict and a vegetarian breakfast for guests to enjoy the most important meal of the day. We spent the rest of the day wandering through the local orchard, and following the babbling brook behind the hotel leading down to Keswick Lake.
Ravenstone Lodge offers a unique family run business that encompasses all the charm and magic the Lake District has to offer. They have bottled the quaint history of the coach house, and displayed it to guests with a beautiful pride, ensuring your stay to be an off the beaten track escape to remember.