Scafell Hotel

Jack Tonkin
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Why We Love It

  • The AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant uses local produce and offers a selection of local Cumbrian cheeses
  • The hotel holds VisitEngland Gold and Breakfast Awards, and is in a "peaceful location" (The AA) at the foot of the Great Gable and Scafell Massif mountains
  • The landscape surrounding the hotel is described as "simply spellbinding" by Lonely Planet
  • Derwentwater -- great for lake cruises and walks by the water's edge -- is a 10-minute drive away, and Ambleside Roman Fort is less than 50 minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
(192 Member Ratings)
"Dining in the hotel restaurant, on the Gourmet standard food."
09. Aug 2018
Harrogate, UK

Map & Directions

The nearest railway station is Penrith, 40 minutes' drive away (90 minutes by coach, via Keswick). The hotel is 35 minutes’ drive from the M6. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Scafell Hotel is set in the tranquil valley of Borrowdale, among precipitous crags and secluded woodland. The hotel is less than 10 minutes' drive from Derwentwater, a popular hiking and fishing destination, and 15 minutes' drive from the market town of Keswick. Keswick Launch Company operates daily boat trips on Derwentwater from Keswick Landing Pier.

The Theatre By the Lake is less than 15 minutes' drive from the hotel and Castlerigg Stone Circle, thought to be 5000 years old, is 20 minutes' drive away. Lake District Wildlife Park is 30 minutes' drive away.

The AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant offers a fine-dining evening menu, Sunday lunches and hearty Cumbrian breakfasts made with locally sourced produce. There is also a Lounge Bar, which has a more casual setting, and The Riverside Bar, which serves snacks.

The 23 bedrooms feature designer bathrooms and antique furniture.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

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


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 available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 or under. This does not include breakfast.
There are no extra beds available for older children or adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: £6 per pet, per day.

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.

Additional details:

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Enjoyed This
(192 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Scafell Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
4.7 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Dining in the hotel restaurant, on the Gourmet standard food.
Other Comments
Very friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble.
Susan 09. Aug 2018 Harrogate, UK
Enjoyed Most
Quiet and comfortable. Staff very friendly
Other Comments
Quiet location so you must be prepared to drive into the nearest town for dinner as the only options are to eat at the hotel - either in the restauarnt or the bar.
Susan 08. Aug 2018 Rossendale, UK
Enjoyed Most
The hotel is delightful, and the food was excellent.
Other Comments
Staff were very attentive and friendly.
Michael 07. Aug 2018 LIVERPOOL, UK
Enjoyed Most
Everything- ambience, location, staff, friendliness, service, food, wine... really can’t be faulted. Should easily be 4 star.
Other Comments
As above - highly recommend.
Dr Vanessa 02. Aug 2018 Paignton, UK
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Dinner prices VERY expensive.
Joseph 27. Jul 2018 Prenton, UK
Enjoyed Most
The room we were given ( we paid for an upgrade) was lovely. Lots of room and a very nice bathroom.
Other Comments
We booked this deal to take our two dogs with us, having been before & really enjoyed the whole experience. However, our young dog has got really bad separation anxiety & can't be left alone so we asked if we could eat our evening meal in the bar area. We were told No 'just in case someone else sees you eating something different' We then asked if we could switch to the bar menu and were again told No 'you have booked the deal and it doesn't allow for this' !! Luckily some other kind guests agreed to look after our dogs outside whilst we went into the restaurant. When we booked this deal, we understood we were to have a three course meal. When we came to order, the menu was very limited indeed ( 2 out of the 4 mains were chicken) & we were told that the only starter we were allowed to order was soup or sorbet! It was a very hot evening so soup was just ridiculous. My husband complained to the general manager & was told ( very rudely) that 'you have booked a deal & it's far too cheap, we don't make any profit off it' This is not our fault, we didn't set the price, they did!! We then waited over 30 mins for two pre made desserts! Overall we were made to feel like 2nd class guests because we were on a deal. The general manager was at times supercilious & quite rude. The hotel now looks tired, run down & in need of some general redecoration/ refurnishing. We won't be returning I'm afaid or recommending it to anyone else.
Patricia 27. Jul 2018 Stockport, UK
Enjoyed Most
The wonderful walks that are just on the doorstep
Jane 26. Jul 2018 Harrogate, UK
Enjoyed Most
I location and food
Ian 26. Jul 2018 Bishop Auckland, UK
Enjoyed Most
Good location - walks from door.
Other Comments
Shame offer didn't include full 4 course meal.
Julia 22. Jul 2018 Ruislip, UK
Enjoyed Most
The friendliness of all the staff who were so helpful and went out of their way to help.
Other Comments
A lovely hotel where attention to detail and quality still counts. This was my second visit and would def go again.
janet 20. Jul 2018 Bradford, UK

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