Our History

The Mawdsley family welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay having recently added the Ravenstone Lodge to our group of small family run hotels and pubs.

Peter Mawdsley, father of the current owners was at the Huyton Boys College when it was evacuated and moved to the Lake District during the Second World War. He fell in love with the area. At 18 years old he took on his parents basket weaving business. He wasn’t able to return to the Lake District until an opportunity arose in 1989 to purchase the Coledale Inn in Braithwaite. Since then the business has grown to include a further five pubs and hotels in and around the Keswick area, which are now run by his three sons and their families. Ravenstone Lodge is the latest.

The Lodge was the former stables, coach house and vegetable garden for the Ravenstone Manor across the road which is also owned and run by the Mawdsleys.

The Manor and Lodge were were build in the 1860’s as a Dowager’s house. The properties were converted into hotels over time and owned seperately for many years. Now under single ownership again guests can enjoy staying and visiting both hotels with their unique histories.

Find out more about two of our other hotels below.


Ravenstone Manor

The Ruddings