We came across Borrowdale Gates after a recommendation from our friends who had booked in for the New Year. It's located about 4 miles past Keswick in a lovely little village. We were warmly greeted at reception and the check in was very pleasant and personal.
Our room looked like it had recently been renovated. I believe the new owners took over 4 years ago and have been investing in the property ever since. There was myself, my wife and 11 year old son and we had an excellently proportioned room with 2 bedrooms - perfect for a family.
The fires were roaring in the lounges so we spent plenty of time with our feet up sitting in what we called 'pole position' either reading or playing chess or cards.
Because of its location you can walk straight out of the hotel and pretty much on to an off road pathway that was ideal as we also have a dog (did I mention they have dog friendly rooms?). The Cumbria Way goes past the hotel so you can walk either towards Keswick - nice leisurely 4-5 mile relatively flat walk, or up the hills the other way. The hotel is on the bus route so if you find yourself a way away at the end of the day you always know you can get back.
We stayed on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Breakfasts were super - traditional Cumberland brekkie or what ever took your fancy with plenty of freshly made toast and pots of tea or coffee.
Our dinners were lovely, having a pre dinner drink you perused the limited but varied menu (there was something for everyone in our group) and then were invited to your table once ordered. The wine list has some lovely bottles on but again was limited - on the positive side, not expensive.
The highlight for the food was the superb soups they made, particularly the Parsnip which was to die for (and I am not usually a soup eater in restaurants). The chocolate fondant was also a real hit. All of the mains were cooked very nicely but didn't 'stand-out' however do not take this as a negative - this is great wholesome food.
Service was always with a smile and people seemed happy working there.
Overall I'd say it is a great place for families to stay (even though a lot of the residents were in the older age category), and makes a super base for exploring the northern Lakes area. My car didn't move for the three days we were there.
Highly recommendable - almost got a 5 out of 5.
It would have got 5 if they created a lounge with a fire for those with dogs - I know after a long walk my Greyhound would have loved to lounge in front of the fire.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is set amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Borrowdale Valley, the "loveliest square mile in Lakeland", according to Alfred Wainwright (MBE). Close to the shores of Derwent Water in two acres of woodland in Grange near Keswick, this is an ideal situation for walking, climbing, and touring the Lake District direct from the doorstep. There are many places of literary and historical interest within the local area. This beautiful family owned and run hotel has undergone a real transformation since 2008 with a full refurbishment completed in September 2012 to earn its current four star AA rating. With elegant contemporary rooms, a rosette award winning dining room, cosy bar and lounge, guests are assured of a warm welcome to enjoy stunning panoramic views during their stay. ... more less
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