We came here for a two-night break after being repeatedly disappointed by our regular Lakes hotel. Our first impression was tarnished somewhat by the chock-a-block car park leaving nowhere to stop at all until we found the overflow car park further on, although you may need your wellies to navigate the puddles. Check-in was quick and easy with the friendly and helpful receptionist. Our room (we stayed in the annex, room 25) was spacious with a good bed and up-market décor. We were lucky enough to have a full wi-fi signal in our room, although others didn’t.
We ate in the Riverside bar both nights. It is firmly in the “walkers’ bar” camp with hard floors and minimal decoration but once it fills up a bit (and it does, as it seems to be the only pub within a few miles and hugely popular) has a much better atmosphere. There are several real ales on tap and good pub grub on the menu. Although we enjoyed eating here we will be in the restaurant next year as it is difficult to have a relaxed meal in such a busy environment.
Breakfast was first-class with a wide range of cereals, juices etc and hot food cooked on demand. The poached eggs were perfectly done but I have to recommend the kippers – delicious!
My only minor gripe with the hotel was the lack of hot water on Saturday evening. Although a few of our party of nine managed hot showers some of us ended up with a luke-warm or even cold shower. I can imagine that, at a certain time in the evening, a large number of guests would be attempting to shower at exactly the same time. But for a hotel targeted towards cyclists and walkers they would have to expect people wanting to shower in the evening and plan their services accordingly. I have stayed in far worse hotels where there is plentiful hot water even at peak times and the Scafell Hotel could (and should) lose custom with small niggles like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scafell Hotel is a wonderful Country House Hotel located in the very heart of Borrowdale, considered by many as England's finest valley, surrounded by mighty fells, tranquil meadows and crystal clear waters. A paradise for the walker and a perfect centre from which to visit other parts of the Lake District. The Hotel is situated almost at the foot of Great Gable and the Scafell Massif, and is regarded one of the Lake District's renowned headquarters for climbers and hill walkers. Keen anglers will appreciate the Scafell Hotel, as there is excellent fly fishing on the River Derwent and in Derwentwater. Those who are content with gentle rambling or just lazing on restful lawns fringed by trees amidst imposing scenery will be equally happy staying here. Our rooms were fully refurbished during 2010, in a Warm and Rich Country House style with a 'Contemporary Twist' perfect for setting the scene for a peaceful and relaxing break in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. The Restaurant, Lounges and Bar have been tastefully decorated and furnished to retain that all important Country House warmth, allowing for complete relaxation after a great days walking on the Fells, and maybe even a little 'nap' by the fire after a delicious five course Dinner. Under the constant direction of owner's Miles Jessop MBE (Chairman) and Andrew Nelson (Managing Director) the Management and Team of Scafell Hotel offer truly warm and friendly service. Individual and Independent Country House Hotel for the last 44 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scafell Hotel Rosthwaite