The Lodge in the Vale

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

Star rating:

4

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
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Brand new
  • Spotlessly clean
  • Souless
  • Baldn continental breakfast
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