My partner and I booked the travelzoo two night offer (£159 for 2 nights including dinner on one night and breakfast both days) quite last minute for October 6-8th.
The hotel is situated right at the Honiston pass and close to Derwentwater lake and Keswick, we also drove to Grasmere and Windermere which arent far at all. If you are there for walking there are plenty of routes right on your doorsep and the hotel room has a very helpful guide of the lakes breaking down the activities into walking, cycling and driving.
Very impressed with the customer service from the beginning, when I booked they were down to one twin and one family room and offered us the larger family room to make our stay more comfortable. Our room (23) was in the annex and had the river running right outside our window which was lovely. Our room had antique furniture, gorgeous slate tiles and a modern bathroom with fantastic piping hot water and good water pressure. I'd love to check out the old main house on another visit though as I'm sure the rooms will have real character judging by the downstairs. Sadly the weather was too mild for the fires to be lit but you can see how cosy and welcoming the public areas will be in Winter.
There is the right mix of traditional and contemporary. The dining room has proper old school waitress service but is nice and civilised with breakfast being served from 8-10 and in the evening it is intimate and romantic (candlelit and soft music!) and you are invited to take a drink in the cocktail bar whilst you peruse the menu. Breakfast is award wining and rightly so (the kippers are huge!) but perhaps more suited to carnivores than vegetarians and the dinner menu has something for everyone with the focus being on good, locally sourced ingredients.
The staff are so helpful and top marks to Lesley for chasing after us with our coffee and serving it in our room after we left the dining room without having it (extremely full after dinner!) The dinner included in our deal is very generous indeed and we really enjoyed it. The adjoining pub also serves food and was of an equally high standard. Good wine list too!
One thing to be aware of is the poor phone signal, which is something you just have to accept. Don't go to that part of the world if you want to stay in touch with the office. There is free wifi available in the hotel reception but not really anywhere else. After my initial dismay I actually quite enjoyed being completely off the grid and was really able to switch off and enjoy this fantastic region and lovely hotel.
- 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 2009, 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 40 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scafell Hotel Rosthwaite