We were very proud to receive the following comments in our report following the overnight stay by a Visit England Assessor :

Once again Portland House retains the Four Star Guest Accommodation Rating with consistent score in or above the rating banding. Scores for hospitality and cleanliness are exceptional and therefore the Silver Award is retained for a further year. The Breakfast Award is also retained with the same high standards being maintained. All aspects of the Walkers welcome are in place and is carried forward for another year.

Spring has arrived and we are enjoying lighter evenings and warmer days. Lambing continues and the daffodils have been replaced by bluebells in the woodlands and along roadsides – the whole area is looking beautiful. It is an ideal time to have a break before the crowds of summer arrive. It might still be chilly in the evenings but 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 situated in Crow Park, Keswick which was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Charles on 26th March.

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. We have just received our 2018 award and because we’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we once again qualify for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. We thank everyone who has taken the time to post over 760 excellent reviews for us.

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