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Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This 16th-century hotel is "set in attractive, private grounds on the shores of Lake Thirlmere" (The AA)
  • Keswick town centre is a 10-minute drive away and Ullswater, "overlooked by soaring fells" (Rough Guides), is 30 minutes drive from the hotel
  • The hotel has views of Helvellyn -- the nation's favourite walking hotspot, according to ITV's "Britain's Favourite Walks"
  • Some Superior Lake View Rooms have views of Thirlmere and 4-poster beds 

"I upgraded to Lake View room. Worth it."
19. May 2019 - Oldham, United Kingdom
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"Worth the visit for the views alone" (The AA), Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel is set on the shores of Thirlmere in the peaceful North Lakes. The hotel, which occupies a country house dating from the 16th century, has views of Helvellyn -- the nation's favourite walking hotspot, according to ITV's "Britain's Favourite Walks".

Keswick is about 10 minutes' drive away. This historic market town with narrow cobbled streets is a good base from which to explore Skiddaw. Armboth Fell and Raven Crag, both good spots for a scenic walk, are around 15 minutes' drive from the hotel.

Ullswater, "great for crowd-free hiking around the village of Howtown and the picturesque valley of Martindale" (Lonely Planet), takes approximately 30 minutes to reach by car, and Buttermere -- "backed by a string of impressive peaks and emerald-green hills" (Lonely Planet) -- is a 40-minute drive away.

Dale Head Hall Lakeside Hotel has "comfortable and inviting public areas", says The AA, including a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. There's also an outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel's gardens, which are set within a red-squirrel nature reserve. Fishing permits for use on Thirlmere are available on request.

Spread between the Elizabethan and Victorian wings of the house, guestrooms overlook the fells and the hotel courtyard. All have free Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a TV, while some have period details such as oak beams. Superior Lake View Rooms have sitting areas, lake views and 4-poster beds. Self-catering cottages are also available.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


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

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant


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

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Cot not available.

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, 10am-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.

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(71 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Dale Head Hall Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
I upgraded to Lake View room. Worth it.
Other Comments
Owners very welcoming. Florian, a member of staff,very helpful. Breakfast was nicely cooked.
Colin 19. May 2019 Oldham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location and views were superb, the bed linen and towels were pristine as was the dining room tablecloths, the breakfast was excellent.
Other Comments
The room was small with painted old furniture, the en suite was small with plastic curtain on the bath/shower. The floor was not very clean.
Allan 19. May 2019 Ely, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
good breakfast rooms excellent magnificent view over the lake . peaceful serenity you usually don't find
keith 16. May 2019 Ossett, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and views
Other Comments
Ideal location, great breakfast but dinner options and price restrictive
alan 16. May 2019 North Somercoates, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were lovely and the view from our room was stunning. I really didn’t want to leave we had such a really lovely time.
Other Comments
I would recommend it to everyone and we would love to go back
Donald 16. May 2019 Formby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very peaceful and our room had a view of the lake. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Other Comments
Ideal for anyone wanting peace and quiet. The hotel was set in beautiful grounds and had a great view of the lake.
Linda 13. May 2019 Blackpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location, grounds and stunning views along with the luxury of the 4 poster room
Other Comments
The hotel is full of character, hidden away in a beautiful location with Keswick a short drive away
Ian 11. May 2019 Gateshead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location
Other Comments
Looking and feeling a bit dated; really need to up their game a bit.
Eddy 11. May 2019 Muckton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It is in a beautiful place with lovely views over Thirlmere. Our room looked straight out over the lake and the view was stunning.
Other Comments
Dinner was very very expensive for what it was. I don’t think it was freshly cooked although it was implied it was. We went to the pub across the road the second night and a perfectly good meal was half the price!
Jeremy 10. May 2019 Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was cosy and warm. Great view of Thirlmere. Comfortable room. Nice breakfast.
Other Comments
Lovely to arrive to really warm rooms on a cold December evening. We'd be disappointed by the bathroom if we were paying full price.
Susan 26. Dec 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom

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