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The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The hotel is in the village of Grasmere and is named after its most famous former resident, poet William Wordsworth
  • Wordsworth fans can visit three of his former homes: Dove Cottage and Allan Bank in Grasmere, and Rydal Mount, which is less than 10 minutes' drive away
  • Lake Windermere is a 20-minute drive from the hotel
  • Guests can use the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna
  • Grasmere's famous Gingerbread Shop is next door to the hotel

"We booked a 2 night stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We found the staff very welcoming and helpful and the hotel comfortable and relaxing."
Aug 22, 2019 - Preston, United Kingdom
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The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, built in 1870, is in the centre of Grasmere, which Lonely Planet calls "one of the prettiest of the Lakeland hamlets". One of Grasmere's main draws is its links to poet William Wordsworth -- he lived in Dove Cottage between 1799 and 1808, and at Allan Bank from 1808 to 1810. You can tour both houses, and visit the Wordsworth Museum, which displays his letters, journals and poems.

The hotel, which holds four AA Silver Stars, was praised by Britain's Finest as "the best hotel in the village of Grasmere". It is next to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop -- the former cottage of Victorian cook Sarah Nelson, who created the recipe that is still used today.

Food is served in the Signature Restaurant, which holds an AA Rosette and is noted for its "ambitious contemporary cooking" by The AA Restaurant Guide 2019. There's an extensive wine list and an emphasis on local beers. Afternoon tea is available daily from 12-5pm in the conservatory or lounge, or on the terrace in good weather.

Guests can use the W Organic Spa, which has an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna. Spa treatments are also available (additional charges apply).

Lake Windermere is 20 minutes' drive away and Keswick is 25 minutes' drive away, while Coniston Water, where you can take a trip on a steam yacht gondola or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, is 35 minutes away.

We've also negotiated a spa day with afternoon tea (£39 for one, £75 for two) or with 2-course lunch (£45 for one, £85 for two)

Please note, maintenance work is being carried out on the roof and scaffolding will be in place at the front of the hotel until 10 March. The views from some Classic and Grasmere Village View Rooms might be affected. The hotel endeavours to keep disruption to a minimum. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request, subject to availability, in Grasmere Village View rooms and higher categories only: £10 per night for children aged 2 and under, £25 per night for children aged 16 and under, £50 per night for older children and adults.
Extra beds must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed/cot and confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per pet per night.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(109 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Wordsworth Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
We booked a 2 night stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We found the staff very welcoming and helpful and the hotel comfortable and relaxing.
Sue Aug 22, 2019 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location, the atmosphere in the hotel and the value for money deal!
Other Comments
The hotel was lovely although it could do with a bit of an update in parts e.g. carpets.
Nichola Apr 22, 2019 Carnforth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly efficient staff. Meals in the restaurant extremely good and beautifully presented.
Other Comments
Cream tea was included on arrival. Unfortunately this was very disappointing, as the scones were very hard and over baked. Not up to their usual standard. We have stayed at the Wordsworth Hotel before and enjoyed very nice cream teas in the past.
Adelaide Apr 14, 2019 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Restaurant food was very good.
Other Comments
We were disappointed on arrival to find most of the hotel covered in scaffolding. Our supposed garden village view room was masques in building work. When we arrived the banging and noise was very loud. It was our anniversary and we weren’t able to open the blinds in our room or bathroom as there were builders outside our 2nd floor window. However being optimistic people we looked on the positives and the room was spacious, clean and nice and the staff and restaurant service were excellent. I have always wanted to stay here because of its namesake but have to say the initial reaction with the building work and not being notified prior did upset me as we were so looking forward to staying. We were also told that we couldn’t eat in The Signature Restaurant as there was a conference on and they took priority. However the alternative lounge was also nice and service very good. All in all we had a lovely time despite the builders and would stay here in the future but think they should reduce their rates as the hotel is in need of an update.
Deborah Apr 12, 2019 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location - Food
Other Comments
Great staff
R H Apr 10, 2019 Wilmslow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was amazing
Other Comments
The bedroom was dated with a small bed (slight foisty smell) however the bathroom was modern and seemed brand new. The pool was good with a sauna and hot tub. Pool walls could do with a deep clean and the pool could do with a set time where children can use it so adults can relax.
Aaron Apr 09, 2019 SeascaleCalderbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had a wonderful overnight stay at the Wordsworth Hotel. All the staff were very nice and nothing was too much trouble for them. We had a lovely afternoon tea in the conservatory despite arriving late. The room was very comfortable with a large well appointed bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The only slight niggle was the scaffolding outside the windows which we were told would be gone by the time of our stay was still up hindering the view of the village and was a little difficult the next day as the workmen were there. We had our evening meal included in our package and the food was amazing. We are vegetarian but this was no problem and we absolutely loved our options and the wine was delicious. So we felt very spoilt. We both enjoyed our birthday treat and would love to return. Thank you to everyone.
Other Comments
Thank you for letting me know I had left my reading glasses as I would have been lost without them. We were able to call back to pick them up before leaving, so much appreciated.
Judith Apr 09, 2019 Lytham Saint Annes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Dining in the Signature Restaurant was superb - very special indeed.
Alison Apr 08, 2019 Wakefield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Very friendly staff
Ruth Apr 06, 2019 Linlithgow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Helen Apr 03, 2019 Holywell, United Kingdom

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