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 garden (they're not allowed in the B&B)
  • 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

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



I had the pleasure of staying in the shepherds hut at The Mount, which was like a tiny slice of heaven in the Lakes. Clive gave me the warmest of welcomes, offering me tea and cake before the keys! While Caroline was only too happy to share her favourite open water swim spots with me when I asked. The hut was a real delight, stocked with everything from a fab selection of teas, to hot water bottles and extra blankets. I had the use of my own exclusive bathroom in the main house, which was perfect- great shower, a selection of soap and shampoo and big fluffy towels. I can't wait to visit again


Simply the best! Easily one of the best B&B's in the country. Superb welcome from Caroline and Clive make you feel genuinely at home very quickly. Very comfortable bedroom, breakfast out of this world in their beautiful garden. Everything was perfect. Close enough to stroll into Keswick but far enough away for peace. Top of our list for future breaks.


Fabulous stay - so welcoming, comfortable, lovely hosts! Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

Anna, Preston

A very comfortable stay in such a friendly B&B with super breakfasts. Excellent bacon! Caroline and Clive know the area well and can show you the best places to go for avoiding crowds.

Nicola, Bristol

Probably the best b&b we have ever visited. Caroline and Clive are superb hosts and the location is ideal for exploring the northern lakes. We have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.


We stayed here very recently and the Mount is in a beautiful location. The room we had was really lovely & great view of the lake. Breakfast was amazing, very filling and good choice. Clive and Caroline are very good hosts, very helpful regarding local information. We would definitely look to stay again!

David, Pinner, Middlesex

We had a very enjoyable weekend stay and would highly recommend The Mount B and B. Clive and Caroline are the perfect, friendly hosts. We were shown to our very comfortable and well-appointed room on our arrival and welcomed with tea and delicious cake in the lounge. The views from our bedroom of both the lake and mountains were amazing, and a stunning location in the village of Portinscale yet close to Keswick with its range of restaurants. Every need had been thought of, e.g. a small fridge outside our bedroom with fresh milk. The breakfasts were delicious - we'll definitely be back!


Caroline and Clive are brilliant hosts with lots of top tips about activities and eating out. The Mount is a beautiful place to stay and the room was very spacious, our Golden Retriever loved it there, all the fuss and treats! The breakfasts were top notch and really delicious, especially the bacon and creamy mushrooms. Location is ideal, easy walk into Keswick, easy walk to Derwentwater and Catbells. Easy drive to Buttermere/Grasmere/rest of lakes. We will be going back again in the future and can't wait to return.


We have just returned from our second stay at The Mount and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Caroline and Clive really are the perfect hosts. Incredibly welcoming and friendly, have a great knowledge of the area and things to do, and provide a fantastic breakfast! The Mount is a great location, lots of walks straight from the guest house and not too far from Keswick should you need to visit. I really can’t recommend The Mount enough (we never stay in the same location twice and are already planning a third visit!)

Paula, Cambridge

We had a wonderful stay at the Mount Guest House. Caroline and Clive were perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. From the moment we arrived with home made cake and tea which was delicious. Our hosts were so knowledgeable about the area that they gave us lots of suggestions for our brief stay in Keswick. Next time we must stay longer to take advantage of more walking. The bedroom was warm comfortable and quiet.


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.