Shap Wells Hotel

Amy Lindsay
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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

Enjoyed This
(411 Member Ratings)
"Ease of access to where we wanted to walk in n Far East Lakeland. Hot water and a bath after getting soaked on the hills! Comfy bed, tea service in the room, good dining experience both nights."
Aug 18, 2018
High Peak, 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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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


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


  • 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 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-Sun, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(411 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Skyland Hotels Ltd (t/a Shap Wells Hotel) over the past 15 months.
3.7 Ambiance
4.0 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Ease of access to where we wanted to walk in n Far East Lakeland. Hot water and a bath after getting soaked on the hills! Comfy bed, tea service in the room, good dining experience both nights.
Other Comments
Very good maitre d’hote at dinner, recognised a fault in the wine we had ordered and exchanged the bottle
Judy Aug 18, 2018 High Peak, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The quiet locatation
Other Comments
When we arrived for check-in at approx 3.15pm we had to step over laundry in the corridors to our room. Hotel a little dated
Beverley Aug 15, 2018 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good rooms, great breakfast and friendly staff
Michael Aug 15, 2018 LAXTON, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food|& staff
Barry Aug 14, 2018 Widnes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We liked the atmosphere of the hotel and thought the waiting staff in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful.
Other Comments
This hotel isn't luxury and it can be said it is rough around the edges, but we thought it was great. It suited us down to the ground and had everything we needed. It was clean and well positioned for Lakes activities. The hotel itself had a lovely stream running past which has it own mini waterfalls and we were delighted to find waxcaps on the surrounding paths. We loved listening to the running water from our open window and would definitely stay there again.
SALLY Aug 13, 2018 Blyth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast set you up for the day
Other Comments
Great location for walking
Leslie Aug 13, 2018 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Was an excellent base for us to explore the beautiful surrounding area.
Julie Aug 13, 2018 Hull, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Very old Worley everything creaks with age. Good food. Bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. However in spite of the cold weather an enjoyable stay.
Gerald Aug 12, 2018 Saint Leonards-on-sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great situation & lovely comfortable room
Other Comments
The only negative things were the cold breakfast & the sight of the washing up sink next to the bar
Susan Aug 06, 2018 Warrington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location is remote to say the least. You definitely need transport, as it is about a mile from the road. However, it is in a great setting if you want to get away from it all, even though it is only 10 mins from the M6.
Other Comments
The hotel has obviously been recently refurbished to a high standard, and is considerably larger then we expected, given its location. It does have a large hotel feel to it. The staff were friendly and very helpful, and made us feel welcome. We were put into an annex (The Bath House) which is across the car park, and has a distinctly grubby feel to it, although the room was clean and warm, with all of the usual facilities. We felt a bit like the poor relatives compared with the main building. If you are going insist on a room in the main building. The breakfast is buffet style, which is good from a choice point of view, but suffered the problems of all hotels doing mass catering breakfasts (bacon was a bit dry, egg yolks had gone solid, etc.) Having said that, we enjoyed our stay and would not deter anyone from booking to stay there.
James Aug 05, 2018 Northampton, United Kingdom

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