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David McDonald New General Manager at The Derwentwater Hotel, Keswick

David McDonald New General Manager at The Derwentwater Hotel, Keswick

Having recently taken up role the as General Manager within The Derwentwater Hotel, Keswick it is an exciting time for me both professionally with a new challenge leading a well established and successful team but also personally with a great opportunity to explore and learn about the local area, visit new attractions and meet new people.

Having spent the majority of my life living in Plymouth, Devon within easy reach of Dartmoor I felt I was well prepared for “the lakes” and what it had to offer.  How wrong I could be, I have been immensely impressed with how this is such a beautiful part of the world, with so much going on.  I have so many things to see and do within easy reach of the hotel, and I can see why we are so popular with many loyal and regular guests. I feel very privileged to be living and working in such an amazing location.

As a fan of sports, especially golf there are some excellent courses locally, from Keswick Golf Club with its breathtaking views of the Lakeland Fells to Workington Golf Club a Parkland Course with a small beck or even further afield to Seascale Golf Club with an amazing landscape across the Irish Sea.

View of The Derwentwater Hotel

View of The Derwentwater Hotel

The Hotel is located just a few miles from Keswick, which is a nice walk.  Keswick is a traditional market town, where the market held every Thursday and Saturday is still ever popular.  Keswick is bustling with lots of quirky shops, but one thing which has impressed me is the amount of different events which take place there each year.  There are all manor of events such as; a Jazz festival, Film festival, Beer festival, ½ Marathon and Christian convention to name but a few.

In Keswick and Cumbria there are lots of interesting attractions, such as:

These are just a few and with so much going on I hope I will find time to get some work done!

I would like to thank all of the team here and everyone within the local community for their support to date and I look forward to developing the hotel whilst enjoying my life in the lakes.

Kind Regards


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  • Morning have you got any super deals on for tomorrow night Dinner bed & breakfast , with a lake view ?

    Regards Kevin Martin & Gail Goodier.

    • Good morning Kevin, thank you for contacting us. Your details have been forwarded onto The Derwentwater Hotel and they should be in touch shortly. Kind regards Dale.

  • I am surprised that you allow dogs in bedrooms because I am allergic to animal hairs.Could you ensure that our room is thoroughly vacumed please. It’ s odd, is it not, that smoking is banned these days but animals are actually allowed in rooms?

  • Good Afternoon M Feeley,

    Thank you for reading the blog, I hope you enjoyed it.

    We are very pet friendly and do allow dogs in most of our room, however our housekeeping team take great care to deep clean each room after a pet has stayed. We have special hoovers, and cleaning materials to eradicate any hairs or odours before the next guest goes into the rooms. I hope this alleviates your concerns. When are you due to arrive with us and I can make a note of your allergy?

    David McDonald
    General Manager
    Derwentwater Hotel
    01768 772538

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