The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • The hotel is named after poet William Wordsworth, Grasmere's most famous former resident
  • Lake Windermere is a 20-minute drive from the hotel
  • Guests can use the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna
  • Grasmere's famous Gingerbread Shop is next door to the hotel

"As tranquil as its surrounding waters" -- Britain's Finest Hotels
Enjoyed This
(29 Member Ratings)
"Staff and atmosphere superb . Excellent food ."
Mr Anthony
Dec 08, 2018
Darlington, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. Windermere train station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, built in 1870, is in the centre of Grasmere, which Lonely Planet calls "one of the prettiest of the Lakeland hamlets". One of Grasmere's main draws is its links to poet William Wordsworth -- he lived in Dove Cottage between 1799 and 1808. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit the Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

The hotel, which holds four AA Silver Stars, was praised in Britain's Finest's Top 10 Autumn Walks for being "the best hotel in the village of Grasmere". It is next to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop -- the former cottage of Victorian cook Sarah Nelson, who created the recipe that is still used today.

Food is served in the Signature Restaurant, which holds an AA Rosette and is noted for its "ambitious contemporary cooking" by The AA Restaurant Guide 2018. There's an extensive wine list and an emphasis on local beers. Afternoon tea is available daily from 12-5pm in the conservatory or lounge, or on the terrace (weather permitting).

Guests can use the W Organic Spa, which has an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna. Spa treatments can be booked (additional charges apply).

Lake Windermere is 20 minutes' drive away and Keswick is 25 minutes' drive away, while Coniston Water, where you can take a trip on a steam yacht gondola or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, is 35 minutes away.

From the press:

  • "This historic hotel ideally situated in the heart of Grasmere provides high levels of style and luxury" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018

  • "The Wordsworth Hotel is as tranquil as its surrounding waters in the vast and beautiful Lake District" -- Britain's Finest

  • "Creative country-house cooking in the heart of the Lakes" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request, subject to availability, in Grasmere Village View rooms and higher categories only: £10 per night for children aged 2 and under, £25 per night for children aged 16 and under, £50 per night for older children and adults.
Extra beds must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed/cot and 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: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 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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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm 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.

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
(29 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Wordsworth Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff and atmosphere superb . Excellent food .
Mr Anthony Dec 08, 2018 Darlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
High standard of food and excellent staff
Susie Nov 11, 2018 Altrincham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Warm and friendly welcome on arrival, all the staff were very good and attentive.
Terry Nov 09, 2018 Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
very quiet and relaxing and food was excellent
Tracy Nov 06, 2018 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The customer service was fantastic and the food was out of this world
Other Comments
Would highly recommend this beautiful hotel
Anna Nov 01, 2018 Worksop, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
I had taken my elderly mother with me and we had room 12, it was fantastic fabulous views from the window which mother was able to sit and enjoy while I had quality time in the spa. Definitely go back again and would request this room.
Other Comments
Food both at breakfast and dinner we exceptional
Andrea Oct 23, 2018 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and staff
Other Comments
The waiter called Daniel went out of his way to ensure our meals were excellent
Jayne Oct 19, 2018 Thirsk, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Evening meal
Other Comments
Bedroom very hot did not sleep as well as we could of.
Cynthia Oct 18, 2018 Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Initial problem with payment on booking I had to contact the hotel where they took payment direct. ?? Problem with travelzoo website
Other Comments
It would be nice if you could put a bath mat in the bathroom as the bath/shower was very slippy
Fiona Oct 17, 2018 Gretna, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The excellent food which was served by lovely staff and the comfortable lounges
Other Comments
Unfortunately the towels ran out so my husband missed his swim. He had a walk instead. If we returned to the hotel we would ask for a better room. Th room we had was above the kitchen and hadn't much of a view.
Sheilagh Oct 16, 2018 Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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