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Shap Wells Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

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

Enjoyed This
(512 Member Ratings)
"Grounds were lovely especially the red squirrel feeding station. Bar area and dinning room were very nice with an Art-Deco feel. Lovely roaring fire too."
20. Oct 2018
Poulton-le-Fylde, 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.

Rooms & Rates

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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.



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


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

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


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


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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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.

Enjoyed This
(512 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
Grounds were lovely especially the red squirrel feeding station. Bar area and dinning room were very nice with an Art-Deco feel. Lovely roaring fire too.
Other Comments
We were on a bed/breakfast deal. Evening meal - 1st night was very good service was good hot plates good food. Option for 1, 2, or 3 courses. Second night I had to send mine back as it was cold. Felt price was high for 2 or 3 courses making each extra course around £7. Breakfast, good choice but luke warm. Asked for skimmed milk was offered soya!! In this day and age all hotels should be catering for dietary needs. Double bed was small, think it was only a 4ft, struggled to sleep well, felt claustrophobic. Bathroom, bath towels were small, not what I would call a bath towel, can't understand why hotels can't provide a lovely big soft bath sheet that actually goes round a person. '
Toni 20. Oct 2018 Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
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 19. Oct 2018 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a lovely location.
Keith 19. Oct 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 17. Oct 2018 NottinghamMansfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were helpful
Other Comments
Food was poor quality Room was dated, dirty and noisy
Alison 19. Oct 2018 Cockermouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel brilliant value clean and excellent staff. However I could not in all honesty reccomend the food not good
Derek 18. Oct 2018 Blackpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Red squirrels
Martin 12. Oct 2018 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Very good value for a short break
Joan 12. Oct 2018 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The squirrels
Margaret 12. Oct 2018 Sunderland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Going home
Other Comments
Extortionate bar prices and premium restaurant prices for average food
John 17. Oct 2018 Saint Helens, United Kingdom

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