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Shap Wells Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel is in a secluded valley surrounded by fells
  • It's on the eastern border of the Lake District National Park and is five minutes' drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • The popular Lake District towns of Troutbeck, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside are within 45 minutes' drive

84%
Enjoyed This
(511 Member Ratings)
"Seeing the red squirrels they have been on my bucket list for years, I have seen them in captivity but always wanted to see them in the wild so I am very happy. We had a great visit ,room was comfortable,staff very pleasant the only thing that let the hotel down was the food, there was not a great choice menu wise and it was not very well cooked but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourself . So thankyou"
Sandra
Oct 19, 2018
York, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Junction 39 of the M6. Penrith railway station is around 20 minutes' drive away. Parking is free.

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Overview

According to The AA Hotel Guide 2018, "this hotel occupies a wonderful secluded position amid trees and waterfalls" in the Cumbrian countryside. Visitors have been coming to the area since the 1800s, when they used to take in the fresh air and bathe in the well waters for their health. Today, this hotel is surrounded by peaceful countryside crossed by bridleways, and woodland that's home to red deer and a colony of red squirrels.

The hotel is 20 minutes' drive from Lowther Castle and Gardens. This ruined country house was designed by Robert Smirke, the architect of the British Museum and has gardens that The Daily Telegraph describes as "glorious". Alternatively, indulge in mint cake at Kendal, which is a 25-minute drive away, or head to Grasmere, which is around 50 minutes' drive away and is popular for its gingerbread and gift shops. The village is renowned for its connections with William Wordsworth; we recommend visiting the poet's forme home, Dove Cottage, and the Wordsworth Museum next door. National Trust property Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter, is an hour's drive.

The Birkbeck Restaurant serves à la carte and set-menu dining options, and carvery lunches are served every Wednesday and Sunday from 12:15-2pm. The Art Deco Riverside Lounge and Bar boasts views of the beck and the surrounding fells. You can also unwind in the Salterwath and Fell Bar lounges, or in the hotel foyer with its roaring log fire.

There is a games room with a full-size snooker table, a pool table, and table tennis and darts equipment. You can also use the small gym. Wi-Fi is free.

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Breakfast for children is included

Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £7 per night for children aged 3 to 15. Infant's cot/crib are available, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults. Extra beds are on request and must be requested upon booking.
Please use the Special Request field to 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: No pets allowed.

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.

84%
Enjoyed This
(511 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Skyland Hotels Ltd (t/a Shap Wells Hotel) over the past 15 months.
3.6 Ambiance
4.0 Location
3.6 Rooms
3.9 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Seeing the red squirrels they have been on my bucket list for years, I have seen them in captivity but always wanted to see them in the wild so I am very happy. We had a great visit ,room was comfortable,staff very pleasant the only thing that let the hotel down was the food, there was not a great choice menu wise and it was not very well cooked but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourself . So thankyou
Sandra Oct 19, 2018 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were helpful
Other Comments
Food was poor quality Room was dated, dirty and noisy
Alison Oct 19, 2018 Cockermouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a lovely location.
Keith Oct 19, 2018 Stockport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food and great atmosphere
Other Comments
Enjoyed seeing the red squirrels in their own environment May they long remain
Derek Oct 17, 2018 NottinghamMansfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel brilliant value clean and excellent staff. However I could not in all honesty reccomend the food not good
Derek Oct 18, 2018 Blackpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Going home
Other Comments
Extortionate bar prices and premium restaurant prices for average food
John Oct 17, 2018 Saint Helens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's a heritage hotel that's clean and comfortable.
Other Comments
It's in a great location.
Joyce Oct 11, 2018 Southport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Red squirrels
Martin Oct 12, 2018 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Very good value for a short break
Joan Oct 12, 2018 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The squirrels
Margaret Oct 12, 2018 Sunderland, United Kingdom

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