The Borrowdale Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This AA 4-star hotel opened in 1866 & has a restaurant, a wine cellar & several lounge areas
  • The property is in the heart of the Lake District National Park & has views of Derwentwater
  • It is a 12-minute drive from the market town of Keswick & a 12-minute stroll from the water's edge

94% (49 Member Ratings)

"Beautiful clean, modern room and bathroom. Superb food. Attentive and pleasant staff. Wine flight was a lovely idea. The gardens were idyllic"
Jul 31, 2016
Chorley, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the junction of the A591 and A66, while Junction 40 of the M6 is 32 minutes away. The nearest railway station is Penrith, which is a 35-minute car journey, and Newcastle and Manchester airports are a 2-hour drive away. There is a large car park at the rear of the hotel, where parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Located beneath Shepherd's Crag in the Borrowdale Valley, The Borrowdale Hotel was one of the first coaching inns in the area and has been welcoming guests since 1866. The hotel has views of Derwentwater -- "a silvery curve crisscrossed by puttering cruise boats" (Lonely Planet) -- and is a great base from which to explore the surrounding fells and trails.

It's a 12-minute stroll down to the lake, or you can join the Allerdale Ramble -- a 54-mile path on the southwestern side of the water -- which takes 20 minutes to reach on foot. This hike takes in the fells Castle Crag and Cat Bells. Head to Walla Crag, six minutes' drive from the hotel, to see "a fascinating mosaic of rocky headlands, islands, sparkling bays, woodlands, undulating green fields [and] farms and settlements" (The Daily Telegraph).

Keswick, a 12-minute drive from the hotel, has a picturesque market square and lots of dining options. Keswick Launch Company operates daily boat trips on Derwentwater from March to November (weekends only during February) from Keswick Landing Pier, which is 10 minutes by car from the hotel. The Lakes Distillery, which is open daily for tours and is overlooked by Skiddaw, is a 25-minute drive away, while The Wordsworth House (a National Trust property) is 30 minutes away in Cockermouth.

The Borrowdale Hotel has original features, such as oak panelling, a real coal fire and the characterful room bells that hang in reception. There is a restaurant serving fresh fare, and a wine cellar that stocks wine from around the world. There is also a conservatory offering afternoon tea. The 40 individually styled bedrooms all have a flat-screen TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi. Dogs can stay for an extra £10 per dog, per night, and are welcome in the bar and lounges.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request in Prestige Room only: £7.50 per night for children aged 1 and under, £15 per night for children aged 2 to 16. This includes breakfast. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per night on checkout.

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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94% Positive
(49 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Borrowdale Hotel (part of Lake District Hotels Ltd) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
In dinner I had a Wood Pidgeon starter. The meat contained a piece of lead shot, When I brought this to the staff's attention my concerns where dismissed with a comments "that's how they kill the pidgeon" and "don't you normally eat game". I was disappointed with this response.
Ken Aug 01, 2016 Murton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful clean, modern room and bathroom. Superb food. Attentive and pleasant staff. Wine flight was a lovely idea. The gardens were idyllic
Other Comments
Superb place to as a base if walking in Borrowdale or the bigger fells beyond.
Tim Jul 31, 2016 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lubna Jul 26, 2016 Middlesex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful, recently upgraded room with delightful view
Other Comments
Wine flight was not explained to us
Roger Jul 18, 2016 Lancashire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's peaceful surroundings and the food
Other Comments
The beds where a little hard and the rooms where a little on the warm side.
Donna Jul 18, 2016 Barrow in Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Really enjoyed our stay. A lovely atmosphere.
Cynthia Jul 09, 2016 Ulverston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and wine flight.
Denise Jul 03, 2016 SunderlandSunderland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The evening dinner
Other Comments
Lovely staff,excellent value with the wine flight,very comfortable.
Mrs J A Jun 30, 2016 Walton-le-DalePreston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
comfortable surroundings, very pleasan staff
Alison Jun 20, 2016 Barnoldswick, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Poached eggs at breakfast were prepared and very much enjoyed.
Other Comments
We had looked forward to being inspired by the choices made by a master Sommelier for the Wine Flight which accompanied the main evening meal. To say the choices were poor would be an overstatement. My wife and I were treated to glasses of wine which had been open in the bar beofre dinner. There was clearly no thought whatever to the food selection and its comparitor to reflect the flavours and tastes assosciated with the wine. Only slightly better was the final selection with the dessert but again totally uninspired. I think it is very fair to say that the Wine Flight was not that at all. I would have expected tasting notes and why the Sommelier felt he had made the choice he did to accompany the meal selection. The food was ok however the beef and venison stroganoff was a major dissapointlent with stringy meat which was quite tasteless.The stroganoff sauce reminded me of a watered down version of a Diane sauce. - Literally weak and insipient.
Nicholas Jun 19, 2016 Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom

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