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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
property Lobby living room home restaurant Suite flooring


A historic country property surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, with tea and scones on arrival

The Lowdown

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.

How to Get There

The Borrowdale Hotel
Keswick, CA12 5UY United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 1188 Reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

Starter and sweet were very good. Unfortunately the vegetables were overcooked. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a power cut but the staff seemed unsure of the correct procedure and were trying to find torches.

Food inconsistent
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely room but food very disappointing.
My friends starter was still frozen. Three of us ordered cod in mussel and clam chowder and all desperately over cooked.
I could not eat my main course it was so awful. Wouldn’t ever eat in the restaurant again.

Excellent stay
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have always wanted to stay in this hotel and I finally got my wish. We stayed on a dinner bed breakfast basis in a classic room. Everything at the hotel was excellent: the room, food and staff were all of a high quality. I am reliably informed by my other half that the Wainwright’s ale was of excellent quality, the barman (sorry don’t know his name) obviously knows his trade.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and judging by how many people were staying, many people have the same opinion.

Well done Borrowdale Hotel

Recent Stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time that we have stayed at this hotel. Fantastic hotel, beautiful clean rooms, amazing food, helpful friendly staff. I cannot praise this hotel enough, an absolute gem in beautiful surroundings. The prefect treat!!

Birthday treat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My better half surprised me for my birthday, with a trip to the lakes and a stay here. On arrival, I did think the front of house lady was disinterested and surly, and didn’t actually make eye-contact with us. Having stayed for 3 days, I can confirm she is better for knowing! I think a fairly dry sense of humour initially comes across a little strange.

We had an issue with the tv, which was resolved, and the rest of the staff couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful; our bikes were stored in the back shed without issue.

I cannot recommend the food highly enough and am unsure why there is no Michelin star. I guess it’s a matter of time. I think Cath should be singled out for special praise - what a fantastic lady who works tirelessly with a smile on her face.

We had the best time, and we would recommend it to anyone travelling to the lakes. I hope to return soon.