The Lodge in the Vale

St John's in the Vale, Thirlmere, Cumbria, England, CA12 4TQ

Exterior, The Lodge in the Vale

By David Atkinson, your Keswick expert

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#7 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Keswick
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
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

Brand new and functional, it's the Lakes' answer to Travelodge

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.

Location: 

Located between Keswick and Grasmere off the main A591, handy for both but away from the crowds.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Service: 

Low key but well meaning.

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Who stays there: 

Budget travellers, business people and travellers looking for a functional base rather than a stand-out hotel experience.

Price advice: 

A three-course dinner in the St Johns Restaurant costs £20.

Pros: 
Brand new
Spotlessly clean
Cons: 
Souless
Baldn continental breakfast

More information on The Lodge in the Vale:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
St John's in the Vale, Thirlmere, Cumbria, England, CA12 4TQ
Free tags / Keywords:
Functional
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking

Have you been to The Lodge in the Vale? Would you recommended it?