Situated on The Heads, just a stone's throw from central Keswick, it overlooks Derwentwater from a high-rise location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Rates include dinner
- Quirky, historic features
- Parking space for 20