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
(179 Member Ratings)
"The woodland walk & spotting all the red squirrels"
Apr 16, 2018
Askam-in-Furness, 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


  • 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 24 hours

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
(179 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Skyland Hotels Ltd (t/a Shap Wells Hotel) over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.1 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The woodland walk & spotting all the red squirrels
Faye Apr 16, 2018 Askam-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice setting,good bar food & friendly staff.
Faye Apr 16, 2018 Askam-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The views are amazing.
Michelle Apr 15, 2018 Widnes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Value for money
Other Comments
Although tasty food was cold, unfriendly bar person
Cynthia Apr 15, 2018 Skipton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful location with great walks in the hotel grounds
Michael Apr 15, 2018 Nottingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly well run hotel in a lovely setting.
Other Comments
Thank you to all the staff.
Barry Apr 16, 2018 Co Durham, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The red acquires were a real bonus and unexpected.
John Apr 14, 2018 Swansea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Games room! Outdoor environment.
Other Comments
Excellent value for money. Out of the way location but so close to M6 and A6. Very large hotel but still cosy pleasant atmosphere. Coach parties didn't swamp the hotel as has happened at other hotels. Only two negatives ..we could hear TV and guests in the next room and cooked breakfast on the first morning was lukewarm to cold. Fine on second morning!
Jean Apr 13, 2018 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The countryside and the squirrel feeding station
Other Comments
A warm welcome when we arrived , even though we were a little early the room was ready , room was lovely apart from the squeaky floorboards , had a lovely stay
Karen Apr 10, 2018 Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great value for money
stephen Apr 09, 2018 Liverpool, United Kingdom

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