Shap Wells Hotel

Amy Lindsay
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Why We Love It

  • Shap Wells Hotel is in a secluded valley surrounded by fells
  • The property is on the eastern border of the Lake District National Park and is five minutes' drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Popular Lake District towns Troutbeck, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside are within 45 minutes' drive

Enjoyed This
(571 Member Ratings)
"It's location. We saw red squirrels in the grounds."
17. Nov 2018
Huddersfield, UK

Map & Directions

Parking is free. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Junction 39 of the M6. Penrith railway station is around 20 minutes' drive away.

Rooms & Rates

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According to The AA Hotel Guide 2018, Shap Wells 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, the hotel is surrounded by peaceful countryside crossed by bridleways, and woodland that's home to red deer and a colony of red squirrels.

Lowther Castle and Gardens is 20 minutes' drive away. 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 in 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 former 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 12pm-2.30pm. 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, which has a 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. Pets can stay in selected rooms for £10 per night (please enquire on booking). 



  • 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


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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

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.

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
(571 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Skyland Hotels Ltd (t/a Shap Wells Hotel) over the past 15 months.
3.6 Ambiance
4.0 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
It's location. We saw red squirrels in the grounds.
Other Comments
Very relaxed atmosphere.
Richard 17. Nov 2018 Huddersfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast and evening meal where very good and freshly cooked and we weren't kept waiting long.
Other Comments
We would have liked to have a walk round the area near the hotel but the weather wasn't good and it was very wet underfoot.
Jean 15. Nov 2018 Doncaster, UK
Enjoyed Most
The breakfasts were really good and serving staff very attentive.
Other Comments
Our 2 night break was excellent value, just a shame the restaurant was a little too pricey and nothing really to tempt us (like a curry night, or a special price steak for 2 or just something that was homely and reasonably priced). otherwise we would definitely have tried the restaurant (it is very remote and basically in the middle of nowhere). We just thought that £15 for a basic scampi & chips was a bit OTT, so we went to the local chippy!
Anne 14. Nov 2018 Keighley, UK
Enjoyed Most
the peace and quiet, the red squirrels.
Other Comments
no information folder in room 101
MICHAEL 13. Nov 2018 Mansfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast was good with plenty of choices, there was a good selection for the evening meal and what we had was excellent. There was a lovely open fire in a room off the bar, the hotel had a good atmosphere.
Other Comments
When we arrived to check in we sat in the bar and the staff brought us the paperwork which we thought was a good idea. The only downside of our stay was when we went to our room the room was cold as the heating wasn’t on, a few people went down to reception and they said it would be coming on at 6pm, this was at 4pm, fortunately it came on about 5pm, then in the evening when we went back to the room later that night it had gone off again so the bedroom and bathroom were cold.
Stephen 13. Nov 2018 Poulton-le-Fylde, UK
Enjoyed Most
Classy hotel with good rooms and excellent buffet breakfast
Michael 12. Nov 2018 Laxton Nr Newark, UK
Enjoyed Most
The facilities and peace and quite brought about by being well away from any roads. The red squirrel's were a delight to see.
Other Comments
our room had no information folder ( 101 ).
MICHAEL 12. Nov 2018 Mansfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
Snooker room as weather not very hood
Other Comments
Road down to hotel would have been dangerous in the dark. Food not very good standard.
Philip 12. Nov 2018 Southport, UK
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very good. Food also was good
Other Comments
Shower was challenging to get into and out of, and I don’t have mobility issues.
andrea 12. Nov 2018 Keyingham,HULL, UK
Enjoyed Most
Helen 12. Nov 2018 Keighley, UK

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