I've been visiting the Borrowdale for many years but this was my first time since it was sold to new owners. It isn't the same but we still enjoyed our stay. It has had a lot of work done and our room was lovely. The furnishings and bathroom were modern and spotlessly clean. The towels and bathrobes were so soft and fluffy. The menu for the evening meal has been reduced significantly. It would have been nice to have been able to have cheese and dessert. Choices within the four courses was a bit limited and vegetables were lacking in imagination. Plain boiled chunks of carrot and swede with French beans without any sort of dressing could have been made nicer without much extra effort. Portions were also a bit small. However the service was excellent. The wine list is extensive but a bit pricey. We had a bottle from the specials list at about £20. It was very good. Breakfast is excellent and you can choose from several cooked dishes and then mix and match without making the staff cross! The situation is excellent but the drive from Keswick can be a bit scary so don't drive too fast. The garden is very pretty and we were lucky and could sit out quite late into the evening, as the weather was on our side. If the weather is inclement there is a large conservatory. Do remember that there would be no lakes without rain. There is a bus stop outside the door and lots of lovely walks in one of the most beautiful places in the country, so you can leave your car in the car park if you want to. I was a bit apprehensive before my visit and despite the changes,not all for the best, will be going again.
- 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