The Lodge in the Vale
St John's in the Vale, Thirlmere, Cumbria, England, CA12 4TQ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, First-time travellers, Singles, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, No fuss
Best for On a budget - Expert review of The Lodge in the Vale
I know what you're thinking: a Travelodge with views? Surely some mistake.
Not really. For a good-value, clean, modern and convenient bolthole, this brand-new with a European feel place may be low frills but it does ticket a lot of budget-conscious boxes.
Let's be upfront about this. This is all about accommodation, not destination and it's a meisterwork in function over style, but its parent property, the King's Head Head Hotel is just a short drive down the road for all those extra touches.
So, don't be put off the visitor-centre first impressions. Think value.
Located between Keswick and Grasmere off the main A591, handy for both but away from the crowds.
Again, functional. There are 14 modern, spotless rooms with flat-screen TVs, light-wood desks and padded headboards. Some are rather small and room seven has a huge skylight (beware light mornings), while bathrooms are universally well equipped and come with power showers.
For walking groups, there's a drying rooms for boots with a washing machine and dryer.
The Lakeland speciality store at the King's Head si the place to stock up on souvenirs for your granny.
A continental breakfast is served in the somewhat souless coffee shop, where an all-day menu of coffee and snacks is also served.
But you're more liklely to pop down the road to the King's Head, where there's a choice of white-tablecloth dining in the St Johns Restaurant, basket meals and pub-fare snacks in the bar, or Jennigs ales in the beer garden.
Low key but well meaning.
Budget travellers, business people and travellers looking for a functional base rather than a stand-out hotel experience.
A three-course dinner in the St Johns Restaurant costs £20.
More information on The Lodge in the Vale:
- St John's in the Vale, Thirlmere, Cumbria, England, CA12 4TQ
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