Hazel Bank

Local couple Gary and Donna MacRae ‘revel’ in making their Borrowdale valley hotel ‘welcoming, relaxed – so enjoyable’. More

Contact details

Hazel Bank
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5XB
England
017687 77248

Hotel information

Bedrooms

7. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 12 Dec–27 Jan.

Facilities

lounge, dining room, drying room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre grounds (croquet, woodland walks).

Background music

Classic FM at breakfast.

Children

not under 15.

Dogs

not allowed.

Smoking

not allowed

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per person B&B £75–£82, D,B&B £107–£117. Set dinner £34. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Local couple Gary and Donna MacRae ‘revel’ in making their Borrowdale valley hotel ‘welcoming, relaxed – so enjoyable’. ‘It is in a magical setting, with lawns rolling down to a small river, and hills looming up into the mist. We approached the charming Victorian country house over a sweet little stone bridge, across a gurgling stream. When we arrived, we were given tea and ginger cake in the sitting room.’ ‘Well-equipped, comfortable’ bedrooms, each with ‘wonderful views’, are supplied with fresh flowers, bottled water, truffles on the tea tray. The bathrooms have been refurbished this year. Graze on canapés in the log fire-warmed sitting room (‘guests are encouraged to mingle’) before sitting down to an ‘excellent’ candlelit four-course dinner, perhaps including Cumbrian smoked trout pâté, gooseberry sauce; seared fillet of Gressingham duck breast, dauphinoise celeriac. After a ‘very good’ breakfast – perhaps while watching the red squirrels in the garden – head outside. ‘Walking the fells can be addictive’, and the hotel, with ‘truly superb’ hikes starting from the door, is well placed for those who gladly succumb.

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Special offers

Springtime Early Bird Three-night Special

Book three nights or more in February or March 2018 for £102 pppn DBB; 4 course AA rosette awarded Dinner with Canapes and Coffee along with Breakfast in this award winning Country House. Enjoy an Early Springtime break in the Beautiful Borrowdale Valley. Please quote this offer when booking. GHG readers get a free bottle of House wine when booking a break of three nights or more. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Hazel Bank
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5XB

Guest comments

'Gary MacRae is a delightful host. I stayed in Bowfell. Comfortable bed, nice linen, two armchairs. Pity about the dreaded captive hangers. Modern bathroom with underfloor heating. Excellent food prepared by chef David Jackson. Only criticism, there is almost too much of it – four courses are not really necessary. Breakfasts are excellent although Classic FM playing in the background was irritating. The sandwiches provided for my packed lunches were terrific. Plenty of regulars who are friendly and convivial, both over pre-dinner drinks and canapés and at meal times. ' - Michael Gwinnell - October, 2017
'Personal service, made very welcome. Excellent meals. You can go for several walks direct from Hotel. ' - Mike ans Barbara Clegg - August, 2017

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Tourist attractions

  • Grasmere

    In the village of Grasmere, you're centrally situated for taking on the craggy peaks of Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and the Langdale Pike.

  • Keswick

    A pretty market town, with a large range of attractions

  • Borrowdale Valley

    A steep-sided glacial valley, with some amazing walking country.