Highfield Hotel

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Address: The Heads, Keswick, CA12 5ER, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.4

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
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.5
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Leisure facilities
n/a
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Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
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Bedrooms
4.4
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Public areas
4.3
90%

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.
 

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Rates include dinner
  • Quirky, historic features
  • Parking space for 20
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