Swinside Lodge

At the foot of Cat Bells, Mike and Kath Bilton’s small country hotel, a ‘friendly’ Georgian house, is minutes from Derwentwater. Pheasants, ducks and red squirrels wander on the lawns. Inside, the two sitting rooms are filled with fresh flowers, books and local maps. Bedrooms vary in size and decoration (some are small); all have views of Lake District peaks, and ‘nice touches’ including ‘local guides, a sewing kit, tea/coffee tray with home-made biscuits, mineral water’. Beds are turned down in the evening. Long-serving chef Clive Imber’s ‘tasty, generous and colourful’ four-course, daily-changing menus are served at 7.30 pm in the candlelit dining room. Typical dishes might include Flookburgh crab salad, apple, horseradish; roast Cumbrian lamb, stuffed courgettes, parsnips, apricots. The ‘excellent’ breakfasts have local ham with poached eggs. ‘Welcoming’ hosts with ‘the personal touch’, the Biltons are happy to provide advice on the best walks in the area; packed lunches, with sandwiches and home-made energy bars, are available to order. (Gareth and Ros Gunning, and others)
  • Tasty, generous and colourful food with especially friendly and helpful service. An informative, extensive wine list. Our superior room was immaculate, and we enjoyed pastoral sounds, but it was quite small and dark.

    Peter Hayes, 16/06/2012

  • A wonderful celebratory evening for 12, including a delicious dinner - original, well-balanced, beautifully presented - and yummy breakfast. Very high standard of service.

    A., 03/10/2011

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Contact Details

Swinside Lodge

Grange Road, Newlands KESWICK Cumbria England CA12 5UE


017687 72948

Further Information




all year except Dec, Jan.


2 lounges, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

radio/CDs in Reception.


not under 12.


allowed in some bedrooms (£10), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per person D,B&B £96--£139. Set menu £45.