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
(351 Member Ratings)
"At £79 for two nights B&B (two people) this was excellent value for money in a location that is close to the Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and The Lake District."
20. Jul 2018
Settle, UK

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 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.

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.

Enjoyed This
(351 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
At £79 for two nights B&B (two people) this was excellent value for money in a location that is close to the Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and The Lake District.
Other Comments
Both nights we stayed there were several coach parties. The dining rooms were therefore busy and the staff could not give you a personal service. It therefore gave the impression of being a functional hotel.
Alan 20. Jul 2018 Settle, UK
Other Comments
All staff were really friendly and helpful, the hotel had a great atmosphere with evening entertainment.
Susan 18. Jul 2018 Barking, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful location...peace and quiet
Other Comments
This hotel is a must visit if you like a peaceful location
Ian 16. Jul 2018 York, UK
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Room 34 wallpaper hanging off grouting in bathroom needed bleaching and single bed mattress next to double needs replacing
David 17. Jul 2018 Wakefield, UK
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff. Spacious dinning room with art deco decoration. Peaceful grounds . Red squirrels
Elizabeth 15. Jul 2018 Woodhall Spa, UK
Enjoyed Most
The secluded location of the hotel makes it so peaceful, and ideal for that weekend break to just get away from it all.
Other Comments
Staff were really friendly and always happy to help, great location to base yourself if your prepared to drive for the lake district as easy access to westrn lakes via the m6 and A66, and also the south, east and central lakes via the A6/M6 and through Kendal
Stuart 17. Jul 2018 Leeds, UK
Enjoyed Most
The location was great the price we paid and the quality of the food at breakfast.
Other Comments
We had the windows open because of the heat even at night ,a bat flew into our room and flew around for quite some time before perching up on the frame I caught it and released it uninjured ,it was a fascinating experience both myself and my wife loved it .
neil &joan 11. Jul 2018 Wigan, UK
Enjoyed Most
Nice position. Value for money accommodation. Prompt service.
Other Comments
Expensive drinks.
Richard 11. Jul 2018 Nottingham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location. staff .efficiency.will look out for more deals and recommend to friends.
Enjoyed Most
Pleasant location (although quite remote), good sized clean room, nice and friendly staff. Breakfast ok but no fresh fruit or choice of bread -sliced white or brown bread only.
Other Comments
The hotel caters for coach parties (four coaches when we were there). The second night we were woken up by a very noisy external generator (the hotel has problem with electricity supply) and the same happened the following morning day and night! Because the hotel was full we could not have been re allocated to another room.
Eva 15. Jul 2018 Sevenoaks, UK

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