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Scafell Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant uses local produce and offers a selection of local Cumbrian cheeses
  • The hotel holds VisitEngland Gold and Breakfast Awards, and is in a "peaceful location" (The AA) at the foot of the Great Gable and Scafell Massif mountains
  • The landscape surrounding the hotel is described as "simply spellbinding" by Lonely Planet
  • Derwentwater -- great for lake cruises and walks by the water's edge -- is a 10-minute drive away, and Ambleside Roman Fort is less than 50 minutes' drive away

"Great food, lovely room and friendly staff"
Feb 28, 2020 - Morecambe, United Kingdom
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Scafell Hotel is set in the tranquil valley of Borrowdale, among precipitous crags and secluded woodland. The hotel is less than 10 minutes' drive from Derwentwater, a popular hiking and fishing destination, and 15 minutes' drive from the market town of Keswick. Keswick Launch Company operates daily boat trips on Derwentwater from Keswick Landing Pier.

The Theatre By the Lake is less than 15 minutes' drive from the hotel and Castlerigg Stone Circle, thought to be 5000 years old, is 20 minutes' drive away. Lake District Wildlife Park is 30 minutes' drive away.

The AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant offers a fine-dining evening menu, Sunday lunches and hearty Cumbrian breakfasts made with locally sourced produce. There is also a Lounge Bar, which has a more casual setting, and The Riverside Bar, which serves snacks.

The 23 bedrooms feature designer bathrooms and antique furniture.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • 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 available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 or under. This does not include breakfast.
There are no extra beds available for older children or adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: £6 per pet, per day.

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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(185 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Scafell Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.5 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
4.5 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Great food, lovely room and friendly staff
Terence Feb 28, 2020 Morecambe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Seamless from start to finish. Staff friendly and professional. Food excellent and served beautifully. We loved the log fire in the lounge surrounded by comfy sofas and chairs. We were particularly impressed by the free outdoor wear cleaning service and the request that walkers provide an outline plan of the route they intend taking and an eta back at the hotel. Everywhere was super-clean and the bed was very comfortable. We loved the cocktail bar which offered a good range of drinks.
Geraldine Feb 20, 2020 Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Elizabeth Jan 15, 2020 Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Godd value food and service
Stephen Dec 22, 2019 Liversedge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Overall a very good relaxing time. Dinner was nice but could have been a bit hothere. Superb breakfast!
Pamela Nov 29, 2019 Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Fabulous meal in the restaurant. Bedroom quite cold at times
Keith Nov 17, 2019 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Walking break
Christopher Nov 15, 2019 Ilkley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff really pleasant and helpful. Breakfast excellent. Dinner menu a bit quirky. Rooms clean and well presented with everything you could need. Bed not the most comfortable I have slept in. Area beautiful.
June Nov 15, 2019 Kendal, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
As usual very friendly staff, a comfortable stay and good food.
Jacqueline Nov 14, 2019 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's a pleasure to stay at Scafell Hotel where the service is Always a pleasure staying at Scafell Hotel. The restaurant food, once again, was excellent as was the service. The 2 AA Rosette dining experience made the stay memorable. Nick did a very good job in the restaurant as did the waitresses, all very attentive and professional. Breakfasts were prepared to a high standard and there was a wonderful choice of cooked and continental style food to enjoy. The Riverside Bar attached to the hotel was equally a setting to enjoy. There was a roaring fire, great drinks choice and the food was excellent coming from from the same kitchen as the 2 AA Rosette menu. This was another memorable experience at this lovely little hotel.
Other Comments
The beauty of staying at Scafell Hotel is the choices, from the food to quiet relaxing lounges to the busy Riverside Bar atmosphere.
Michael Nov 14, 2019 Halifax, United Kingdom

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