After a busy New Year at Portland House with a house full of guests January was a fairly quiet month giving us a chance to catch up with some work indoors. The weather has turned more wintry in February and we have had snow on the fells for a while - the Lake District looks stunning!

A stay during February and March is always a good time to visit Keswick. The town is generally quieter than later in the year and it is an opportunity to try some winter walking without the crowds. Our heating is always on in the guesthouse and there are homemade cakes and shortbread to have with a cuppa when you get back!

There are many events planned throughout 2018 in Keswick and full details can be found on If you are planning to come for a specific event during the year we suggest booking accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Park Runs are increasingly popular across the UK and several of our guests have taken part in the Keswick Park run held every Saturday morning at 9.00 am. Everyone is welcome but you do need to register beforehand and there is no charge. More details can be found on

We are delighted that the Lake District has become a World Heritage Site, joining iconic locations such as the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu. A plaque commemorating this award for the National Park is to be situated in Crow Park, Keswick this year and it is a great honour for our town to be chosen.

|Our Portland House Facebook page is kept up to date with things that are happening here and we find it a great way to keep in touch with guests who have stayed with us as well and friends and family around the world. If you have not found us yet, just go to and tick the follow icon. We enjoy reading the comments and really appreciate it if the posts are shared!

We are proud to have held the TripAdvisor Award for Excellence every year since we opened in 2010 and thank everyone who has taken the time to post over 750 excellent reviews for us.

We are looking forward to another busy year and to welcoming new and regular guests to our home during 2018.