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Located beneath Shepherds Crag in the Borrowdale valley, The Borrowdale Hotel was one of the first coaching inns in the area and has been welcoming guests since 1866. The hotel has views of Derwentwater -- "a silvery curve crisscrossed by puttering cruise boats" (Lonely Planet) -- and is a great base from which to explore the surrounding fells and trails.
It's a 12-minute stroll down to the lake, or you can join the Allerdale Ramble -- a 54-mile path on the southwestern side of the water -- which takes 20 minutes to reach on foot. This hike takes in the fells Castle Crag and Cat Bells. Head to Walla Crag, six minutes' drive from the hotel, to see "a fascinating mosaic of rocky headlands, islands, sparkling bays, woodlands, undulating green fields [and] farms and settlements" (The Daily Telegraph).
Keswick has a picturesque market square and is 12 minutes' drive from the hotel. Keswick Launch Company operates daily boat trips on Derwentwater from Keswick Landing Pier, which is 10 minutes' drive away. The Lakes Distillery, which is open daily for tours and is overlooked by Skiddaw, takes 25 minutes to reach, while The Wordsworth House (a National Trust property) is 30 minutes away in Cockermouth.
The hotel retains original features such as oak panelling, a coal fire and the characterful room bells that hang in reception. There is a restaurant with an impressive wine cellar that stocks wine from around the world, and a conservatory serving afternoon tea. The 40 individually styled bedrooms all have a flat-screen TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi. Dogs can stay for an extra £10 per dog, per night, and are welcome in the bar and lounges.
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