Highfield Hotel

The Heads, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 5ER

View from the grounds, Highfield Hotel

By David Atkinson, your Keswick expert

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#4 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Keswick
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
0
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Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Expert review of Highfield Hotel

A stately old property with a new food-loving focus.

Imposing Highfield, handy for the centre for Keswick, has undergone a major refurbishment over the last couple of years and emerged somewhat reborn with less chintz and more stylised features.

The big draw today is the fine-dining restuarant, which attracts non residents and staying guests alike.

Location: 

Situated on The Heads, just a stone's throw from central Keswick, it overlooks Derwentwater from a high-rise location.

Bedrooms: 

The sprawling property's 22 rooms still retain lots of the original Victorian features with balconies, turrets and bay windows.

I particualrly liked the Woodford Room, a former chapel furnished with antique furniture, a hand-carved bed and deep-red furnishings.

The East Turret, meanwhile, is a second-floor double with a DVD player and iPod docking station. A secret passage from the suite leads up to a hidden alcove with a window seat overlooking Derwentwater and Skiddaw.
 

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Eating and drinking: 

The Highfield Restaurant is now the hotel's key feature with 40 covers, views across Borrowdale and Derwentwater and a menu of upscale modern British fare.

Think lots of seasonal produce and local treats - I found the canon of wild Cumbrian venison deliciously dark while the Cumbrian cheese selection offered a taste of local award winners.

Children aged eight years or more dine with their parents; younger children can take a high tea served between 4.30pm and 5.15pm.

After-dinner drinks in bar/reception area include a fine choice of malt whiskies.

Service: 

Relaxed and dressed down but with a high staff-to-guest ratio. The young staff are keen but still seem to be learing on the job at times.

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Who stays there: 

It's an older crowd during the week with younger, cash-rich urbanites at weekends. Lots of people staying elsewhere in Keswick pop in for dinner as it's one of the better places to eat in the evening.

Price advice: 

Rates often include a four-course dinner - check the search tool above for more details.

Second-floor rooms may be smaller overall but some boast better views at a slightly lower price.

Children aged 2-8 sharing room with parents charged £15.00 per night b&b with travel cot and baby listening available.

Pros: 
Rates include dinner
Quirky, historic features
Cons: 
Parking space for 20

More information on Highfield Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
The Heads, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 5ER
Free tags / Keywords:
fine dining
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant

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