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Reviews of Kestrel Lodge Campsite

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Kestrel Lodge Campsite
Bassenthwaite
Keswick
Cumbria   (Browse area)
CA12 4QX
Tel: 017687 76752
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Pitches: 30
Open: 01/03/2021 to 31/10/2021
           01/03/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 24 Reviews
                10/10 from 24 Reviews

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 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
Activities
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

Reviews:  24 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: September 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Stevo92 2 reviews from this member

 Fantastic, picturesque location. Very quiet and secluded.

Owners were incredibly helpful and accommodating on arrival.

Facilities are great with hot showers and washing up stations.

On site honesty shop providing basics and wood for fires is a great idea.

Brilliant placement for exploring the locale.

Would recommend. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Stevesuesmith 1 review from this member

 Stayed here to complete walking the remaining Wainwright Northern Fells. A superb site located in a very secluded spot accessed along a forest track.

The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The camping field is slightly sloping and is well sheltered, being surrounded by trees. Cars are parked on several small hardstanding areas around the field, which keeps the grass in good order.

The toilet and shower facilities were kept spotlessly clean and well ventilated.

An advantage for walkers is that you can begin your walks directly from the campsite, the Cumbria Way passing right by the site.

One of the attractions for us was the quiet and peaceful nature of the site, with dark star-filled skies and only the hooting of owls at night. The site would therefore not be appropriate for large groups of friends who might wish to stay chatting or playing music late at night.

The owners have provided several thoughtful features, such as a covered group of picnic tables, and fire pits for those who wish to have a camp fire. Logs may be bought from reception, along with several other essentials such as tea, coffee and a few basic food items, with an honesty box system for use when reception is closed.

Overall an excellent, well-kept site especially suited to lovers of nature, the outdoors and peace and quiet. 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: JaneMoody 1 review from this member

 This was our first visit to Kestrel Lodge and we loved it.

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District- great walks right out of the tent, very low key and really friendly.

Spacious pitches, no daft rules, fire pits for every pitch.

If you want a peaceful old fashioned campsite this site is perfect. 
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Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Gibsoneerja 15 reviews from this member

 In a beautiful location and very close to the Northern Fells if you are looking to bag some Wainwrights.

The site is remote - just over a mile from Bassenthwaite village, the last half mile of which is along an unmade road so make sure your tyres are in good nick before you arrive!

Service is excellent; the owners are always around and willing to offer help and advice. Some nice touches - all pitches have firepits and many also have a large rubber mat to lay in front of your tent to reduce mud, grass etc. From trailing in on your boots.

They have tried really hard to make the place Covid-secure with lots of hand sanitiser and a booking system for the bathroom spaces. There is an honesty shop selling basics - water, cold drinks, sweets, bacon, milk, eggs from the campsite hens - a very helpful service.

Nearest supermarkets are Sainsburys / Aldi in Cockermouth and Booths in Keswick, both about 15 minutes drive. We found Cockermouth easier to navigate and the traffic slightly quieter than in Keswick.

The Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite does good beer and also decent food in the evening but you need to book at least 1 day in advance as it can get very busy.

There are a lot of footpath routes directly from the campsite - check out the "Walking" section of the website (which is generally excellent and well worth spending some time on before you arrive). Would highly recommend "Skiddaw from Your Tent" and "Keswick via Skiddaw House".

Overall a lovely campsite which we would definitely use again. 


Date of Visit: June 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tubby2 35 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for one night walking Cumbria way. As all sites we should have booked as covid restrictions seem to have removed some campsites backing-packing walk in acceptable method. However we were fitted in.

This nice campsite just of Cumbria way but would say have to book prior as very nearly had to walk on. Grass nice flat and soft.

Toilet block exceptional clean and fresh.

Due to restrictions in place it was actually quite pleasant as only two of us showered etc in family unit. Small honesty shop.

Pub about 20min walk. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Mikejd 1 review from this member

 A great quiet site, excellent pitches and clean facilities.

The site owners are lovely and very knowledgeable about the local area and surrounding walking routes, many go directly from the site!

A bonus is the small shop, fire pits and local pub!

I will be back. 


Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Helen98 26 reviews from this member

 As we did not have electric hook-up we could pitch where we liked, each fire pit marked out a different pitch. You leave your car in the car park, but can drive it to nearer your pitch for loading. As mentioned in other reviews, the owners could not have been more helpful, especially with hints and tips on local walks.

We visited in coronavirus times, but the site had been organised to reduce the risks as much as possible. It did occasionally mean queuing for the bathroom or for a washing up sink, but I can't see how that could have been avoided while still following social distancing guidelines.

The shop was also shut, but there was a small honesty box arrangement for snacks and essentials, we could still use the freezer for freezer blocks, and we could still buy firewood and kindling for campfires.

The site has a 10pm quiet time and this seemed to be followed by everyone, it was very peaceful. For me the best bits of the site were the views, campfires and space.

In the local area we enjoyed canoeing at Bassenthwaite Lake and Crummock Water, stand up paddle boarding at Derwent Water (we hired the kit from the marina and had a great time)and a few not-too-long walks: lake side in Keswick; Dodd wood; Sale Fell and Latrigg. Apart from that, the Puzzling Place in Keswick was worth a visit on a rainy day.

Overall we had a great time, and would happily stay there again. 


Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Moomargaret14 1 review from this member

 We loved every minute of the stay. The campsite was lovely. Very clean facilities and very well set up considering the situation.

Very friendly staff to help with any questions. We were made to feel very at home and welcome. Very enjoyable visit.

Would definitely return and recommend. 
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Countrymouse 5 reviews from this member

 The best site I've been on in 30 years of camping. Perfect location and excellently run. A list of lovely things about this site in no particular order:

- it's only a 15 minute drive from Keswick but it's up a mile of private road and there's not a car to be heard when you're on site

- the facilities were immaculately clean all the time including clean hand towels

- all the pitches are large and have a fire pit and if you don't need electric you can choose your own pitch

- great views

- there's always some shade to be found somewhere on site

- there's a space left free of tents for running around playing and it's got a tyre swing

- 4 cats, 3 ponies, 2 dogs and a guinea pig - all quiet and friendly

- little shop with bread and milk, snacks and fire supplies (open 9am-10am and 5pm-6pm)

- the ice pack freezer is accessible all the time, so you can swap them at midnight when you've inevitably forgotten

- excellent recycling facilities

- you can access the cumbria way direct from the site

- there's a washing machine and a hair dryer, the showers are hot and free and have lots of hooks in them. 


Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jen41 5 reviews from this member

 I really enjoyed my stay - plenty of walks from the site and the owners are very friendly. I would certainly visit again. During my visit I had amazing weather - Keswick was the hottest place in England! 


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