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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

This is a special family run hotel, with great “home cooking”, but no menu choice, unless you advise that you require something other than that offered - most have no problem. It is a place where conversation between visitors is at its core. Rooms do not have tv or Wi-fi, but there is a tv room, which has a Wi-fi hub. It is so refreshing to come to a place like this, set in the most beautiful valley of Borrowdale. We never use the car after our arrival, until we leave. Over the years we have met some wonderful people, some of whom are now good friends. We never go the same weeks, so we often make new acquaintances. I know some will be horrified by the lack of tv and Wi-fi, to those I would say, “why not try it”.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nuala D, Owner at Royal Oak Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Greeting new people, ... who meet as strangers, become acquaintances then grow to be "old friends" - is one of the many joys we have in running our small hotel.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We stayed in room 6, a large room with a double bed and a single bed. Sheets and blankets were a welcome option. The beds were a bit on the soft side for my taste, but I'm sure others would find them fine. There was an ensuite shower room, but no bath. Overall it was a bit on the "tired" side, but clean enough. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided, but a television was not. Although it was on the front of the hotel, traffic noise was minimal between 10pm - 7.00am. and the hotel is overall very quiet.

Downstairs there are a couple of lounges, a TV lounge and a bar with one draft beer.

The hotel is unusual in that in most cases your room rate includes a 4 course set dinner; no choice but if it's something you really don't like, or you are a vegetarian they will prepare something else for you. We had a last minute b&b stay and didn't take the dinner, but others said it was good. There was a decent choice of reasonably priced wines to accompany your food.

When we arrived we were offered freshly baked scones and tea with home made preserves. They were delicious! Breakfast didn't offer much choice, cereals, porridge, juice and variations of the full English.

If you are not eating in the hotel you can eat next door at the Scafell Hotel, either in their public bar, or at a cost, very good refined dining in their hotel restaurant.

There are excellent walking opportunities from this hotel and walkers could happily leave their car untouched on the hotel's car park for several days. Overall the property is a bit on the tired side with a hint of a nursing home to it, but the staff are very friendly and welcoming and most of the clientele appeared to be return visitors who would be coming back again soon. Recommended for the older person if you don't mind it being a bit "quirky" and are looking for good value.

Room tip: River view rooms might be the best option. Check bathroom facilities.
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Phil P
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

My son and I stayed here on or coast to coast walk last week. First impressions were of faded elegance, but as we settled in we started to appreciate the charm of a place that seems to belong in another era. Having deposited our bags and hung our clothes in the drying room, we convened in the bar downstairs, where most of the other guests seemed to already be. At 7.30, the gong announced dinner, and we all filed through to the dining room, where we each were directed to our own table. There was no choice - we all had the same meal. Roast beef. The dining room had the feel of 'Fawlty Towers' (others have mentioned this in their reviews), but only to the extent that this illustrates the era that the hotel operates in, and definitely not the service, which was attentive and kind.
The wallpaper may be drooping in places, internet may not be available in every room, and TVs are not part of the bedroom furniture, but we loved this place as a reminder of how things used to be.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Me, my wife a friend and his wife stayed here for 2 nights during the bank holiday weekend. We checked in pretty late for the hotel standards around 8.45pm. The only place where we can get food is the bar next door (The Riverside Inn). We had our dinner there.

The hotel is pretty old, but it has preserved its country side qualities and thats what makes the stay very nice. The rooms are pretty cozy. The owner of the place stays just behind the property and is very friendly. She was very helpful thru out the stay, from suggestions of things to do to helping us with stuff for the room. Apparently this hotel sells out most of the time. We were pretty lucky to get this booking.

The hotel serves their traditional dinner at 7pm every night. It was a pretty good meal and we were all stuffed by the end of it. It is also very close to a number of hikes and we thoroughly enjoyed our hikes on 3 days. WiFi is available only in the TV room and there is no mobile network available here as well.

Very good stay if you are looking for a hotel with very little access to civilization. Good get away type place to stay.

Room tip: There are rooms without a toilet, so you'll have to share a toilet. So make sure you are booking the right room.
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank shakirmeah
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This is an older establishment in need of a renovation. Our room was clean, but needed a little updating. It was average size. The bathroom was large and had a tub for soaking or a shower. Although wifi was available , you had to walk outside the back door of the hotel and enter a "TV room" to get it.
The owner and staff were nice and helpful. The breakfast was good.

Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Vernon H
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