Dorchester House

“Experience traditional charm in beautiful Keswick” - AA Inspector



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  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
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Lorraine and Simon offer a warm welcome at Dorchester House, your Keswick “home away from home.” Dorchester House aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year. Dorchester House was purpose built as a guesthouse in 1896, situated on the protected Victorian streets of Keswick this is a traditional Lakeland Stone building has a cosy, comfortable interior with all the modern tweaks you would expect to find; Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, USB ports etc. and provides high-quality bed and breakfast. We offer a hearty breakfast, cereals, fruit salad and juices, followed by Full English with Cumberland Sausage and Bacon from our local butchers and Lakeland free range eggs. We use local produce wherever possible and offer Full Vegetarian or Full Vegan breakfast alternatives, gluten free, dairy free and special diets are also catered for on request. Maybe you would prefer our creamy porridge, or overnight oats made with Little Salkeld Mill Organic Oats, served with seasonal fruits or our special recipe Whiskey Butter. Coffees and a selection of Fairtrade teas are served with breakfast, while finishing off with toast and your favourite jammy topping. All our guestrooms have coffee/tea making facilities with biscuits and treats, each room has an en-shower with fluffy towels, hairdryer and complimentary hand soap and shower gel for your convenience. We are a short (3 minute) walk into town to the many shops, cafes and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. Derwentwater and Theatre by the Lake are approx. 10 minutes away, Keswick offers regular cultural, music and sporting events, town centre attractions also include the Keswick Museum, Art Galleries, the Cumberland Pencil Museum and many scenic walks to enjoy from our doorstep. A 15-20 minute drive, will find you at Honister Slate Mine or Whinlatter Forest Park, with walking and cycle tracks. Dorchester House puts the best of Keswick at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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4 Star Guest House
Dorchester House
17 Southey Street,Keswick,Cumbria,CA12 4EG
Phone : 01768 877218


  • Rooms 8
  • Family bedrooms: 2
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Free TV
  • Wifi

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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