Almost faultless and that star quality of being family run - low key service with a smile and lots of little touches, the food was superb. We (myself and my parents) had initially booked 3 nights but after the first evening we enquire if it might be possible to extend our stay. Fortunately for us 1 further night was possible. The views from the dining room and lounge are lovely - we were blessed with good weather but I could imagine curling up here with a book a spending a very pleasant afternoon. Many walks possible from the hotel which is also within easy reach of the Derwent water launch - maybe a 20/25 minute walk, a 1-circuit rover ticket can be brought from reception, there is also a regular bus service through Borrow dale which people were using to do linear walks. Note - there is a level all weather path around much of Derwent water providing good access for those less mobile or with families. There are too many places to explore and experience to make any recommendations - a walk to Watendlath offers variety and New lands valley offers a quieter destination than Buttermere. I am already contemplating when a return visit would be possible. Whilst the majority of guests were couples, there were also family groups with children from late primary to mid secondary school years. It is somewhere I would be comfortable staying in as a solo traveller or part of a small group. Also, when we discovered on arrival that there was full lift access to my parent's room on the second floor which was a bonus as my father had hurt his back: I believe there is partial lift access to first floor rooms. There are also sound ground floor garden rooms - some of which were suitable for guests travelling with dogs. If you are not looking for organised entertainment and piped music then this is a destination to consider.
The star rating and rates do not reflect the 4star ambience, quality and service. Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment programme I would not be surprised to see a warranted increase in both in a few years time!
- 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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