The Mount B&B

Keswick, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1768 773821

Glorious views of Derwentwater and Skiddaw from this comfortable house. Art dotted about, a big table for chatty meals and a pretty garden


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The Mount is let as a B&B during school time and a self-catering home during the school holidays. It’s a great place for couples and families, with activities galore nearby and a warm, friendly space to return to. Walk – in your wet suit – to the marina and have a sailing lesson, paddle in a kayak or go for a spin on the water in the Keswick Launch.

Breakfast comes with Clive’s delicious bread, locally cured bacon and conserves produced by a friend who’s a dab hand at jam-setting; your dog will be perky – he gets a sausage too. You can eat outside in the award-winning garden when it’s sunny.

There are five bedrooms to choose from – they all have those wake-up views. If you fancy sleeping out under the stars the shepherd’s hut for one is cosy with a wood-burner, sink and loo (hop back to your private shower in the house). You don’t have to get in the car for dinner – there is a pub in the village and many more in Keswick, a 20-minute walk.

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We think you'll love

  • The inspiring walks and having a boaty day out on the lake
  • The warm, friendly feel of the house and the Aga breakfasts
  • Sitting and chatting by the fire with a slice of Clive's homemade cake
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You should know

  • There are two cats padding about
  • The owners live next door in an adjoining cottage


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: We are keen to welcome guests after the lockdown situation and are giving 5% off usual rates for B&B from September 2020. Use the code 'postlockdownSawdays'.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Christmas, New Year, Easter, 19 July - 31 August.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £60
1 Shepherd's hut for 1
From £55
5 Doubles
From £60



Clive and Caroline are really wonderful hosts - honestly we think the best we ever had! They had delicious homemade cake and tea ready for our arrival. More homemade treats were left in the comfy room. They obviously both love the area. Their passion for The Lakes and outdoors really shows. They gave us great tips for our short stay there. Oh and the breakfast was amazing. We hope to return again!

Zara, Ilkley

This is a perfect place to introduce family and friends to the lake district as you are totally surrounded by mountains and Derwentwater - in fact, you can see them from every bedroom window. In the village of Portinscale, everything you could want is on the doorstep - no car journeys needed. Kayaking, sailing, eating in lovely nearby cafes, trips on the Keswick launch and Keswick's famous Theatre.

Jill, Sawday's inspector

Staying at the Mount, you are surrounded by luxury while at the same time you feel at home - I recommend it to everyone.

Sarah, Grange-over-sands

The time I spent at the Mount was so perfect that I have actually planned to return again! Clive and Caroline were awesome hosts, very warm and welcoming with so many wonderful tips of great places to do and see around the area. The house and rooms were very clean and so welcoming and comfortable. Oh and just thinking about the homemade bread they bake makes me want to go back now! Definitely a five-star rating for me and a must experience to repeat….can’t wait to go back!

Adina, Seattle

We hired the whole house as self catering for a family ‘significant’ birthday. It’s a brilliant space, plenty room to hang out and eat together. Good fun all coming round the table for breakfast. Lucky with the weather to enjoy sundowners in the charming outdoor area. Very well thought out with all that we needed and so much space so as not be on top of each other. The children loved all being together. Very comfy beds and lovely thoughtful touches in the rooms and around the house. Amazing views from the windows to such spectacular scenery! I could go on but have run out of characters...

R, Eastbourne

After driving from York to Keswick we had a fun and relaxing family time in Keswick. We enjoyed the kayaking and swimming in the nearby lake as well as going out for walks. But what made the big difference was staying at The Mount, comfortable beds, big living room, clean facilities, convenient parking and well located. We will be back!

Ingrid, Grandvaux

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The neighbourhood

Set in the middle of lakeland village Portinscale, on the doorstep of Derwentwater. The marina is a five-minute walk - a great place for children to learn to sail and Clive sometimes helps out here. Keswick is a 20-minute walk for heaps of outdoor shops and you can have hearty food at The Fellpack cafe, open most of the day. It's a glorious walk Lingholm to see Peter Rabbit’s garden or go for a walk with alpacas.

Local points of interest from Caroline Howarth

  • Want to climb one of Britain’s favourite mountains, like Catbells? Dreaming of a beautiful mountain scene all to yourselves? Training for K2 or keen to introduce your 3 year old to the joys of fell walking – we can find the perfect walk right from the door
  • If you have not joined the wild swimming craze, The Lakes is the perfect place to try it. Imagine a lake swim in the evening sun. Even a quick dip on a cold day is exhilarating. Take care though: it is an extreme sport – you may be hooked for life! We are!
  • What do 6 restaurants in The Lakes with Michelin stars have in common with us? The same local butter! So not only are there amazing restaurants nearby, but The Mount has the very best local produce: the crispest bacon, the zingiest marmalade, and fab art.
  • Fancy learning to sail, in a stunning lake with beautiful mountains around you? Want good instructors, nice hot showers and a fantastic café on the lakeshore? Prefer kayaking, paddleboarding or windsurfing? Look no further – that’s all just a 5 minute walk
  • What kind of festivals are you into? Jazz, beer, literary, film or mountain? Keswick has them all! As well as world-class theatre and the old cinema. The market is a great place to potter. You'll come away with arty mugs, Cumbrian chilli jam or local slate
  • Set in stunning scenery, combining Cumbrian mining and adventure tourism, Honister is an exciting place both for adrenaline junkies as well as young families seeking an unforgettable holiday. Bad weather? A guided tour or climbing in the mine is perfect!


Caroline Howarth

Caroline, a social psychologist, and Clive, a chemistry academic, moved to the Lakes in 2016, leaving hectic Brighton/London lives. They’ve lived in many places (Fiji, Kenya, America to name a few...) but the whole family feel at home and inspired by this fantastic area. They love walking, cycling and wild swimming, finding great pubs and delicious local produce, and want to share the magic of the Lake District with you.