Hotel Scafell (Borrowdale, United Kingdom)


Hotel Scafell (Borrowdale, United Kingdom)

About Scafell

The Scafell Hotel is a whitewashed three-star country house hotel beside the River Derwent in tranquil Borrowdale, one of England’s finest valleys in the heart of the captivating Lake District National Park. Stylish rooms showcasing mountain views, patterned wallpapers and modern en suite bathrooms boast flat-screen TVs, hairdryers and hospitality trays. A spacious suite featuring antiques is also offered. Facilities include a snug fireside bar overlooking the river, lounge, gardens, free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dogs are allowed. A free continental or cooked breakfast is included. Real ales, world wines, malt whiskies and light meals are served at the bar. The restaurant opens for dinner and Sunday lunches, specializing in modern cuisine, local produce and yummy desserts. The Scafell Hotel is about six miles from Keswick and 19 miles from Dove Cottage, poet William Wordsworth’s former home in Grasmere. Scenic Buttermere and Crummock Water are located within 20 minutes’ drive.

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby

  • Free WiFi

  • Pool

  • Spa

  • Parking

  • Pets

  • A/C

  • Restaurant

  • Hotel bar

  • Gym


Rosthwaite, CA12 5XB, Borrowdale, United Kingdom

Rating overview

trivago Rating Index® based on 209  reviews from:
  • Location
    Excellent  8.9 / 10
  • Rooms
    Excellent  8.5 / 10
  • Service
    Excellent  8.8 / 10

Positive Reviews


Village location in famed national park valley

Guests fell in love with the gorgeous setting of this property in the upper Borrowdale village of Rosthwaite in the heart of the spellbinding Lake District National Park. The picture postcard scenery made a superb backdrop for walking, fishing and cycling with many trails into the mountains starting nearby. High Raise, Great End and Scafell Pike, England's tallest mountain, were among the nearest fells. Derwentwater and Buttermere were the closest lakes. Motorists liked the free parking and direct access to the B5289, making it easy to reach main roads, area attractions, market towns and dining options.


Clean and comfy rooms praised

Travellers often expressed positive opinions about their rooms, describing them as clean, tastefully-decorated and well-equipped with modern en suite bathrooms.


Warm welcome and top notch food

The reportedly friendly, accommodating and helpful personnel attracted praise from reviewers as did the excellent restaurant food, which was reasonably-priced, locally-sourced, filling and delicious. Diners also praised the selection of tasty cooked and continental options at breakfast. At the bar, visitors loved the choice of real ales. Travellers accompanied by their pet pooches welcomed the dog-friendly policy.

Negative Reviews


Rural location came with some drawbacks

For some guests, the remote valley location posed a few drawbacks such as poor mobile phone reception on several networks as well as limited TV reception.


Critics reported flaws in some rooms

Critics noted flaws in some rooms such as damp or musty smells, a lack of natural light and maintenance issues like aging carpets, hot water interruptions or weak water pressure. Furthermore, some guests remarked that certain rooms felt rather small.


Internet access divided opinion

The free Wi-Fi network at this property's rural location was a bonus. However, it disappointed some critics that the signal was patchy and had a limited range.

All amenities

Property amenities
  1. Parking
  2. Terrace
  3. Pets allowed
  4. Hotel bar
Room amenities
  1. Bathtub (upon inquiry)
  2. Shower
  3. Openable windows
  4. Television
Sports facilities
  1. Bike rental
  2. Hiking trail

Arrival / Departure

  1. Check in: 15:00
  2. Check out: 11:00


Rosthwaite , CA12 5XB , Borrowdale , United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1)768777208 | Fax: +44(1)768777280 | 

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