We are extremely proud to announce that in January 2017 River Garth were awarded the AA 5 Star Silver Award. This award followed an overnight stay by an AA Inspector who had the following to say ' A most enjoyable stay, hospitality is still top notch surpassing all expectations. It is clear Mrs Nixon still has a
great passion for meeting people & running her business as it shows in the manner she deals with her
guests. A warm & genuine welcome & once recognised the guest was treated as a repeat visitor.
Confirmation of service times & a brief induction was backed up with the offer of welcome refreshments.
Great attention to detail throughout the stay was pleasing to see as were the diligent standards of
housekeeping. Bedrooms are comfortable & welcoming with very good extras provided. Breakfast was very good with well cooked quality items providing a great start to the day. AA
Accreditation is confirmed at Five Silver Stars with the AA Breakfast Award retained.'
AA Friendliest B&B of the Year Award -
River Garth Guest House was named the AA’s Friendliest B&B of the Year 2014 at the 21st AA Bed and Breakfast Awards 2014/2015. River Garth was chosen from a shortlist of 2500 B&Bs inspected by the AA’s Hotel inspectors - more details
I have stayed in a lot of hotels and Guest Houses over the years and River Garth Guest House is by far one of the best. We were travelling to Penrith for a friends wedding at Askham Hall and found River Garth online. The pictures really do not do it justice. From the moment we arrived Irene and Brian were fantastic hosts, their house is spotlessly clean with very high quality furnishings. We were allocated the very large family room which had a large super king sized bed which was super comfy. It is warm, clean, comfy and quiet. Ever aspect has been thought of from chocolates and water in the room, nice selection of tea and coffee and the Breakfast is simply outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and Brian even gave us a lift to the wedding venue. After arriving home after the wedding late we were greeted with a turned down bed and a hot water bottle in our bed!! Genius and so thoughtful :-) If we were ever to visit this area again we wouldn't hesitate but to book River Garth for our stay. Book it, you wont regret it :-)
Cara07 - UK via Trip Advisor 2017
Myself and my partner stayed with Irene and Brian for 3 nights (11th-13th September). From the moment we walked through the door we felt relaxed and so welcome. Irene's attention to detail is so humble, from the simple detail like having cotton buds and bottles of water in the room to the amazing breakfast that she supplies, we couldn't fault anything that she did. My partner even took his mountain bike and Irene kept it in their garage for the duration of our stay for him which was so helpful.
We would highly recommend, definitely 10 out of 10 for Irene in all aspects - cleanliness, accommodation, breakfast, attention to detail etc.
Thank you so much Irene and Brian.
JessicaB - UK via Trip Advisor 2016
It's hard to know where to start with the River Garth Guest House. Firstly it's immaculate, spotlessly clean with quality furnishings. We slept well every night the beds are very comfortable with good quality bedding. Our bathroom had a large walk in shower with lots of choice of luxury cosmetics. Your every need is catered for and its obvious that lots of thought have gone into providing everything the guests might need.
Add to that is the fact that Irene the proprietor is always on hand to check on your requirements and nothing is too much trouble. She really cares about the needs and comfort of her guests.
Lovely tasty cooked breakfast with other choices if required. The breakfast table is laden with fruits and yogurts and many other goodies for your delight.
Our room had a balcony where we were able to sit a few look over the river.
With such a warm welcome we will return.
Trindon - UK via Trip Advisor 2016
Second visit in three weeks, yes it is THAT good, honestly. Upon arrival was met outside by Brian who was very helpful and showed me in. Shown to room and was asked if I'd like tea. SUPERB. Tea and biscuits arrived. Room was spacious, spotless and really nicely decorated. Excellent heavy curtains to keep the light out as this time of year it gets light really early. Bathroom w/ shower was spotless and stocked with shampoo etc. Irene was very accommodating with regard to a slightly early breakfast time last time I visited so just ask. The breakfast was second to none with fruit juices, cereals, fruit and yogurt, toast, butter, a selection of jams, honey and Marmite as well as the Full English cooked breakfast - scrambled eggs were lovely as was the rest of breakfast. Irene ever kindly gave me a lift into Penrith which is going above and beyond in customer service terms in my opinion and was really gratefully received. I travel a lot for Clout Archery tournaments and this B&B is the best I've ever stayed in. I've already booked in for next year. Thanks Irene and Brian for another great weekend.
Ian D - UK via Trip Advisor 2016
Irene and Brian are the perfect hosts of an immaculate home. We were greeted by Brian as soon as we arrived in the driveway. Irene fixed us some tea while we collected ourselves after a long flight from the U.S. There happened to be a festival locally and Irene got us a dinner reservation at a local establishment before they booked up. The location is excellent for visits to The Lake District and elsewhere. I looked forward to returning to peaceful River Garth after a busy day out. The room is very comfortable and the breakfast tasty. This is my favorite B & B.
RichardandColleen - Iowa, US via Trip Advisor 2016
The Traveller's Dream
Near the Northern town of Penrith
Where friendly Cumbrians reside
There's a little piece of paradise
Trying, oh so hard to hide.
It lies beside the River Garth
With a olling meadow on the side
Within the shadow of Eamont Bridge
Where trickling waters gently glide.
It is there you'll find a Guest House
The likes of which you've never seen
Where the welcome is, oh so friendly
And the rooms so spick and clean.
But, it is the welcome, the friendly welcome
Provided by Brian and Irene
That makes this place so special
It is the ultimate "Traveller's Dream".
Mick Coventry, Kyabram, Victoria Australia July 2016
"Irene (the host) has the most amazing B&B we have ever stayed in. It was spotlessly clean, very tastefully furnished and excellent in every way. She was very accommodating as we wanted to watch a football match which she put on for us in the lounge as well as providing us with a lovely pot of tea and biscuits. After the football match had finished we sat out on our private terrace overlooking the river enjoying watching the different birds & ducks. In the evening we went to a restaurant as recommended and booked by Irene which was fantastic too."
Amanda, UK May 2016
"We received a very warm reception from our host. The place was pristine in every way. Excellent breakfast made to order. By far the very best B&B we've ever been to. Highly recommended."
Anthony, Canada May 2016
"I could summarise with one word 'perfection'. This is what the owner strives for and achieved. I have never seen a facility with such high scores. If you scored her less than a ten then I really think you could never be satisfied anywhere. Irene will go the extra mile for any guest or even two miles as she offered to get us some tasty sausages we had for breakfast from her butchers. Irene is now my benchmark for hospitality. Book with confidence you couldn't be disappointed."
Russell, UK April 2016
"The breakfast was the best I've ever had in any guest house. Everything was 100% , a perfect stay in a beautiful home with an excellent host."
Margaret, UK April 2016
"Perfect customer service from Irene, the host, in this lovely b&b. Can't make any suggestion for improvement and will happily return/recommend."
Alasdair, UK March 2016
"Irene and Brian made us feel so welcome. Our room was spacious, clean and very nicely decorated. You won't get better hospitality anywhere." Martyn, UK December 2015
"Irene made us very welcome. Her hospitality was second to none. The room we had was extremely comfortable and we were very impressed by the thoughtfulness she put into the decor and fabrics used. She showed how much she cares about quality which she wants guests to enjoy also. We felt very comfortable with the key system and our stay was like home from home. The breakfast was wonderful with so much choice and she went the extra mile to make sure my sister's extra dietary request was met. The lounge was very comfortable to sit in and the views from there and the bedroom were nice to see. It was nice to meet Brian who also made us both welcome. Thank you very much."
Sheila, UK October 2015
"Elegant and comfortable room. Accommodating owner. Delicious breakfast. Very quiet location, right on the river, with easy walking to restaurants."
Kathleen, USA September 2015
'From the moment we arrived we were made welcome, helped with our luggage and a tray of tea and biscuits offered. Our room with a balcony looking over the river was perfectly presented and had everything we needed. Throughout our stay everything was immaculately kept and any little request we had was dealt with straight away. Irene was a charming hostess and she certainly has earned her title of Friendliest B & B award for 2014/15' - June 2014
'Just come back from an overnight stay at river garth guest house...and can honestly say that we loved every minute of it..beautiful place so clean n comfortable..the owners Irene n Brian are such lovely people...fantastic breakfast aswell... will be returning in the very near future...see u soon and Thank you....'
'I have just stayed for 2 nights and have to say this is the BEST b&b we have stayed in the welcome and the entire stay was fabulous well looked after perfect room,food and location and not to mention irene who would do anything for you...never written a review before but this b&b deserves one...thank you again for a lovely stay'
'When in the Penrith area, this is the place to stay. Tourist Board rates it 5 Star......we think it should be 6! There are no hotels that could come anywhere near this beautifully appointed red sandstone bungalow by the river-side. Luxurious bedrooms, fine toiletries, crisp, white Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, splendid TV, powerful shower......and so it goes on- and so spotlessly clean everywhere' -
This really is an excellent place to stay. The rooms are larger than you would expect in a bed and breakfast and very well furnished and decorated. If you are planning to visit the Lake District but don't want to be in a busy town then Eamont Bridge is also a great location.' April 2013
'It was a joy and pleasure to stay in River Garth, as always Irene and Brian were the perfect host and hostess. We always try to stay here when we are travelling south and coming home again, we have never been disappointed with the standards. The room and ensuite were of a 5 star ++ quality. My wife and I both had a full Engish breakfast which was of excellent quality and taste. Looking forward to the next visit.'
'What a fantastic place this is. The hosts Brian & Irene are the friendliest couple you could hope to meet with all sorts of advice on where to go to eat and drink in and around the area.' July 2012
'Best Bed & Breakfast we ever stopped in. Everything was excellent!'
'Wondeful service. Hospitality and facilties *****' -
"...... River Garth was is by far the best Bed & Breakfast we ever stayed in.
Mr and Mrs
Nixon gave us a very warm welcome, the room was so spacious and comfortable,
breakfast absolutely plentiful with fresh fruit and juice, every little wish was taken care of.
Truly a home away from home and very recommendable.
We also enjoyed Penrith as a town very much." -
"My wife and I have enjoyed the best nights accommodation in the 5 weeks that we have spent in the UK and during this time we have stayed in many varied forms of accommodation; the friendliness and helpful advice given to us by Irene assisted us no
end during our short stay in this lovely and friendly town.
The quality of the B&B was superb as was the friendliness of Irene and Brian Nixon and
I would have no hesitation in recommending their hospitality to anyone."
'What a lovely place. Beautiful beds and bathrooms - luxury! We have loved our stay'
'Excellent rooms and service. We would recommend. Great Breakfast. We WILL be back!'