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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We went for 1 night, for our wedding anniversary. The deal was great, 3 course dinner bed and breakfast and scone on arrival for £159. Couldn’t fault anything from start to finish. Room was gorgeous with view of the fells, very clean lovely furnishings toiletries and shower. Evening meal was delicious, as it was Sunday we had a roast, excellent service throughout the stay, made to feel special. We enjoyed drinks in their wonderful garden. Great beds and night sleep and very tasty breakfast. Right near the lake you can park up a couple mins drive away, and 5 mins drive from Keswick. We will definitely go back.
Although nicely refurbished, this hotel has managed to retain its character, charm and appeal. It hasn't suffered the garish make over applied to it's sister hotels; Lodore Falls and the Inn on the square, and hopefully won't in the future.
The restaurant is delightful, plenty of space, large tables, comfortable seating and muted lighting (no harsh white LED's!). The menu was very varied and different night to night. The food was nicely cooked and the service at the perfect level. There is an extensive wine list served from a "cellar" in the dining room.
There is a lovely garden bathed in the afternoon / evening sun and the bar is now spacious and welcoming. There is plenty of parking just behind the hotel. The room we had was in perfect condition with a lovely bathroom - I think most of them are now to this high standard.
This hotel is strongly recommended if you want to feel you are staying in the Lake District rather than on a city break in a faceless "boutique hotel".
this is a lovely hotel with a great staff team who make sure all guests are looked after
The inclusive DBB package represents great value. The evening meal , based on a multi course menu is extensive with good choice . Cooking quality is exemplary --there is a great chef(s) working here. Certain dishes are brought to the table under a traditional silver salver before being carved --amazing!!
Morning breakfast --a self service continental breakfast is situated at one end of the dining room and a full cooked breakfast of your choice is available.
Drinks throughout the hotel, are fairly priced and great value
Rooms are all comfortable , but do vary in size considerably. We had made our booking based specifically on the bedroom having a separate settee area as we were travelling with extensive luggage and need space for various health based exercises only to find that this request had been ignored and we were given a standard room. We hadnt got adequate space for our luggage nor room to do our essential exercises that form part of our daily health routine. The General Manager just said the hotel was full and so they couldn't improve our situation.