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The King's Head Inn

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Why We Love It

  • This valley-view hotel is housed in a former 17th-century coaching inn
  • The King's Head Inn is a short walk from Thirlmere and 10 minutes' drive from Keswick town centre
  • Food ranges from "freshly cooked bar meals to more sophisticated restaurant dishes" (Condé Nast Traveller)

97%
Enjoyed This
(35 Member Ratings)
"The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly."
sylvia
Feb 13, 2019
Romiley, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. Penrith and Windermere railway stations are both a 30-minute drive away. The hotel is off the A591, and is approximately 25 minutes' drive from the M6.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

"Lovely valley views" (The AA) spread from The King's Head Inn, which offers traditional accommodation in the north of the Lake District, known for its "landscape of glistening water, dramatic valleys and picturesque stone-built villages" (Rough Guides).

With Helvellyn, England’s third highest peak, towering over it, the King's Head Inn occupies a whitewashed coaching inn, clad with greenery and dating from the 17th century, a short walk from the shores of Thirlmere. Both the market town of Keswick, "a natural base" (Fodor's) for exploring the surrounding area, and Castlerigg Stone Circle, "perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles" (English Heritage) are 10 minutes' drive away. Windermere takes around 30 minutes' to reach by car.

The King's Head Inn's quaint façade opens to a reception area with wood panelling, antique furnishing and a suit of armour. There's a bar serving real ale and malt whiskies, and old beams and an inglenook fireplace give a cosy feel. There is also a poolroom with a big-screen TV for sporting events, and a beer garden with picnic tables with views of the fells.

Decorated with richly patterned fabrics, the hotel's restaurant offers "excellent value food" (Condé Nast Traveller) and "looks out to the glacial valley of St Johns in the Vale" (The AA).

The hotel's 17 rooms are decorated in a country-house style with soft neutral tones and checked fabrics. All rooms have valley views, TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Services

  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Policies

Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3-8pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18. For arrivals outside of the opening hours please contact the hotel directly for further information.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 8-10.30am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib are available in the Superior Room only, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request (maximum 2 dogs per room) and will be charged at

  • £10 per pet, per stay for 1-night stay
  • £15 per pet, per stay for stays from 2 nights and more
There is limited number of pet-friendly rooms, please check availability with the hotel directly prior to booking. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

97%
Enjoyed This
(35 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lake District inns (t/a Kings Head Inn) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff
Other Comments
Lovely inn. Very friendly staff. Excellent food. Excellent breakfast.
Michael Feb 14, 2019 Bury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly.
Other Comments
Rooms need an update - look tired.
sylvia Feb 13, 2019 Romiley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Newly refurbished room
Other Comments
We had a lovely meal in the hotel restaurant
Hazel Feb 10, 2019 Workington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant staff. Good food.
Paul Feb 09, 2019 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic value - gorgeous rooms - gorgeous food - customer care excellent could find no faults
Other Comments
Would recommend this property fantastic value
Doreen Feb 08, 2019 Mold, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything! Food excellent! Staff pleasant & efficient! Room very well appointed!
Catherine Feb 05, 2019 Leyland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. THE STAFF HELPFUL, FRIENDLY AND PROVIDED EXCELLENT SERVICE.
Other Comments
OUR ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT THE ROOM WAS NOT VERY WARM. THE ROOM HAD TWO WINDOWS WHICH PROVIDED GREAT VIEWS BUT DUE TO THE EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER DURING OUR STAY IT AMY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE COOL ATMOSPHERE. THE RADIATOR FUNCTIONED PERFECTLY WELL BUT IT WAS STILL COOL IN THE ROOM. IN FAIRNESS WE DID NOT MENTION THIS TO THE STAFF WHO I AM SURE WOULD HAVE TRIED TO HELP. WE STILL THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR TWO NIGHT BREAK.
NICHOLAS Feb 04, 2019 Rossendale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was lovely to be able to take our dog with us. The hotel staff welcomed her and we were able to keep her with us over dinner and breakfast, having specific areas we could use.
Beverley Feb 02, 2019 Stockport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
great staff - great location
Other Comments
old coaching inn very historic and great setting. Staff were excellent and the room good. Breakfast excellent with a decent choice. We enjoyed our evening meal there. Good Jennings beers served from hand pump - particularly liked the Sneck Lifter.
peter Feb 02, 2019 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful food at our evening meal.
Other Comments
The staff were so friendly and helpful.
Renee Jan 31, 2019 Carnforth, United Kingdom

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