The Borrowdale Hotel
What We Love
- A traditional stay in England's gorgeous Lake District, with breakfast, three-course dinner and moreThe vast natural beauty of the Lake District
- Enjoying tea and scones on arrival – a quintessentially British start to your stay
- Swapping urban life for wide-open countryside and peaceful lakes
What To Know
- All meals in the dining room are Silver Service
- The bar area and lounges are made cozy with open fires
- You'll be treated to scones and tea upon arrival
- Free WiFi is hit or miss
Ask any English person what the most beautiful part of their country is, and chances are you’ll hear a lot of the same answer: the Lake District. When it comes to country walks, slow-roasted lunches and local ales in old-world pubs – this stunning region in the north of the country is where it’s at. Close to the beautiful country town of Keswick, The Borrowdale Hotel is your home away from home in this natural wonder.
Dating back to 1866, the property offers 40 freshly revamped rooms, complete with a host of modern amenities, while still keeping many of its authentic features intact. With the original room bells in the reception and a walk-in wine cellar stocked with vintage bottles, this historic residence is a delightful base for exploring the surroundings fells, trickling streams and rolling hills. The Borrowdale Hotel’s traditional restaurant serves superb British food, while the conservatory, bar and lounge boast a stylish facelift.
Good to know
Please note that a smart-casual dress code applies in the restaurant, and jeans and sneakers are not permitted.
Well-behaved dogs are also welcome. Please contact the hotel directly before booking for more information on its pet-friendly rooms.
Traditional but not old-fashioned, the rooms are tastefully decorated with tactile fabrics and beds you won’t want to leave. For more space, opt for a Classic room, while Prestige rooms are even larger, providing a comfortable seating area.
Tea and coffee facilities
Locally sourced and complemented by a good wine list, the dishes at The Borrowdale Hotel restaurant are wholesome, homely and perfect for a country stay. In true English style, the succulent Sunday roasts and traditional afternoon teas (often taken in the lounges, by the fire) are most popular here.Please note that a smart-casual dress code applies in the restaurant, and jeans and sneakers are not permitted.
The Borrowdale’s neighboring sister hotel, Lodore Falls, features an upscale beauty salon and leisure club. With an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, plus a hot tub and tennis courts, these wonderful relaxation facilities are located just a short stroll from where you’re staying.
The Lake District National Park is the largest protected national park in England and boasts miles of mountainous scenery, lakes and oak woodland. The hotel is located in pretty Keswick, south of Derwentwater, and is perfectly located for both lowland activity and hill-walking. There are a number of National Trust sites in the area, plus plenty of old-world pubs and country restaurants.
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This was our first time in Keswick and the hotel did not disappoint. The Christmas decorations were fabulous and as soon as we walked in we had a very warm Cumbrian welcome....our black labrador had instant treats....
A big thanks to Cath in the restaurant, your staff are lovely, especially Nora.
Room was great, hotel great, staff great, food great....all in all a superb weekend, and we will definitely be returning in the spring....
The weather wasn't on our side for this short break, but the fact that we and our dogs had this very cosy place to retreat to made it a very enjoyable time nonetheless. The hotel has been under new ownership and massively refurbished since the last time we visited some years ago, and quality furnishings, beds and curtains have made the rooms very pleasant, with modern en suite facilities too. The new bar areas were welcoming and cosy. The older original dining room slightly less so. It is a lovely room, but was a bit chilly. Despite that, the quality of the food at dinner was excellent. Breakfast next morning in the same room was more of a disappointment, with a fairly sparse buffet and a cooked breakfast that would have benefitted from some better ingredients. This is the home of the very tasty Cumberland sausage, but what turned up on the plate here was very fatty and tasteless - not that the dogs minded, after we gave up on them and smuggled them out for the canines! Cath gets a special mention as an indefatigable and cheery server, but all staff were pleasant and friendly.
First visit to a wonderfully maintained hotel with stunning views of the fells and derwentwater. The hotel retains many original features from when it was built in 1866 but with modern amenities in keeping with the area. Staff are very helpful and friendly, plenty of communal spaces to relax in from the bar and cosy snug area, to the lounge and front reception seating area, stunning restaurant with table service. Lovely conservatory for dining with views overlooking the garden. Ample parking. Some accessible rooms. We stayed in a prestige room with stunning views and the room was very spacious indeed with a vast bed and well fitted ensuite with bath and shower over. Most comfortable bed and pillows. Food menu is small and not your run of the mill 'pub food', this is hotel cuisine and very delicious. Dogs are welcome in the bar and lounges but not the restaurant but I believe you can leave your dog in your room, we chose not to and dined in the bar and ate breakfast in the conservatory, oddly enough, dogs are not allowed in the conservatory for lunch and dinner but are for breakfast! There is a bus stop directly opposite the hotel and a short dog friendly 15minute ride sees you in Keswick, or seatoller in the opposite direction. A perfect stay in a perfect setting. Cant wait to come back.
Nice old-fashioned hotel, friendly staff and good service. First of all we had the tea and freshly baked scones - delicious. Our room was a little small but adequate for us as we were only staying one night. Went down to have a drink before dinner but unfortunately missed the wine tasting as it was held in the restaurant (nobody told us this). Went into dinner and the staff were lovely but have to say the food was not up to it. We both opted for the pork belly for our main course which apparently included sprouts (this consisted of half a sprout flaked onto our plates - definitely not one of our five a day!). The pork belly was nicely cooked but I prefer my fat to be a bit crispy. For my desert I chose a creme caramel (the imagination ran to a few raisins thrown on my plate!). The next morning we both chose the smoked haddock with poached eggs which was cooked just right. There was a very good choice for breakfast (apart from no tomato juice but I recognize not everyone would be bothered about that). The final reason why we were a bit disappointed was a several dead flies on our bathroom windowsill. Have to just say though that the staff were lovely.
Stayed here one night,on D/B/B basis,in a classic room,dinner menu was very good,
food was a well presented 4 courses, and delicious.The hotel communal areas are very
pleasant,dining room is good,sand the breakfast was excellent
Not overly impressed by the size of the classic room,although I appreciate there are
difficulties with an old building,just glad we didn't have standard room,however the room
was quite good,bed very comfortable,and nice clean bedding,shower pressure not brilliant,but all in all a very enjoyable stay,in lovely location,and we will return