We have visited the Keswick area for more than 40 years and this is the first time we have stayed at the Borrowdale Hotel and, hopefully, it will not be the last. This is probably the oldest hotel in the Borrowdale Valley and is a lovely old building retaining many original features. We received a very warm welcome and the receptionist was typical of the rest of the staff - freindly, efficient and eager to please. I cannot understand the reviewer who complained about the standard and quality of the food - perhaps he was just unlucky - we are used to good food and were not disappointed with our 4 course dinner (including a very tasty Red Mullet in Saffron butter - or peach sorbet if you preferred). The wine list is very good and fairly priced. Perhaps the breakfast sausages could have been of the thick cumbrian variety (try Rob's butchers on High Hill in Keswick) but everything else was plentiful and well cooked. I sincerely hope they never get one of those awful 'do it yourself' canteen type toasters that comercial chains have - this elegant (brightly lit) dining room is definitely not the place for that. We also ate in the lovely conservatory and the food was very good. The Hotel has several lounges with log fires and lots of oak panelling - very atmospheric on a cold winters day. I would have liked to see a bit more reading material provided - perhaps a small library (this is only because the book I took with me was rubbish).
We had a warm comfortable room with lovely views and all the usual facilites. My only gripe about the room is that I hate carpet in bathrooms - this will possibly be changed to more hygienic flooring when the hotel is competely refurbished. I also wish that this, and all other hotels, would offer a choice of pillows - I usually take my own memory foam pillow but forgot to pack it and I found the pillows a bit hard - just a general observation.
This is a great hotel in a wonderful location with lovely food and attentive service - and guests can also use the spa facilities at the Lodore Hotel which is about half a mile away and owned by the same family. It is definitley worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foot of Shepherd's Crag in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, this completely refurbished 4 Star hotel has a totally unique atmosphere enveloping the visitors from the moment they arrive. Warm and welcoming fires in the Winter and cool drinks and Lakeland cream teas on the lawns in the Summer served with a smile. Built in 1866, the Borrowdale Hotel has an interesting history with the original 41 room bells, which, although no longer working, are still proudly displayed outside the reception area. The restaurant has been refurbished to a very high standard and is very elegant and comfortable. It also now boasts a superb walk-in wine cellar stocked with some very interesting bottles. During the day the lounge bar and conservatory are open for light lunches and afternoon teas and in the evening a splendid 5 course silver service dinner can be enjoyed in the restaurant with coffee and mints served in the lounges. The 40 cosy bedrooms have all been refurbished within the last 3 years all have TV, telephone and hospitality tray. There are also 2 extra large, easy-access rooms too. If you are arriving or leaving on a Sunday make sure not to miss the famous Sunday lunch - it is well worth trying, but remember to book your table well in advance, as it is particular popular with both locals and residents. For those looking for dog friendly hotels, all of our bedrooms are dog friendly and are available for well behaved dogs. Please contact reservations for information about our dog friendly accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borrowdale Hotel
- The Borrowdale Hotel Keswick