Hazel Bank

Gary and Donna MacRae take evident pride in their hotel in its own wooded grounds, perched above this hamlet in the Borrowdale valley. More

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CA12 5XB
017687 77248

Hotel information


7. 1 on ground floor with walk-in shower.


all year except 15 Dec–24 Jan.


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

Background music



not under 16.


not allowed.


not allowed

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £55–£90. A la carte £32. Min. 2-night bookings except by special arrangement.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Gary and Donna MacRae take evident pride in their hotel in its own wooded grounds, perched above this hamlet in the Borrowdale valley. It has views of Scafell Pike and Great Gable. ‘We had a lovely, relaxing stay in this gorgeous country house,’ writes a reader. ‘Such a beautiful setting. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious.’ ‘Gary MacRae is a delightful host,’ reports a trusted Guide correspondent, who had a comfortable room, Bowfell, and was mightily impressed by the bathroom: the ‘beautiful wall tiling’, underfloor heating, anti-mist mirror, big bath and ‘copious supplies’ of posh toiletries. At 7 pm guests gather for canapés and a four-course meal cooked by Mrs MacRae and chef David Jackson, with good choices at each course. Maybe a warm goat’s cheese tart, passion fruit sorbet, cradle of Lakeland Herdwick lamb, crème brûlée with garden-grown strawberry and rhubarb compote. At breakfast there are omelettes, kippers, Cumberland sausage, of course. Walks start from the door, and guests may ask for a packed lunch (‘terrific sandwiches’). (Michael Gwinnell, Mike and Barbara Clegg, and others)

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Hazel Bank
CA12 5XB

Guest comments

'A wonderful place to stay, in a quiet part of Borrowdale, surrounded by gardens, woodland and stunning mountain views, attentive hosts, a luxury welcome pack, comfortable rooms and lounge, outstanding fine dining evening meals and breakfasts, red squirrels on the patio, and a cheerful, warm atmosphere. The perfect place for a relaxing luxury break. ' - Carolyn Speirs - May, 2019
'The tone and ethos of this Lakeland gem was set by the warm and very personal greeting we received. Every aspect of the catering greatly exceeded our expectations. Gary and his wife Donna presided over the small but charming dining room. Hazel Bank offers an experience that is both warmly comforting in a homely sense combined with a sense of country house indulgence. ' - David Dalton-Leggett - August, 2018
'Donna and Gary welcome you to their home- you are made to fell wanted! The brilliant atmosphere created by them encourages everyone to relax and get the most out of their visit to this beautiful valley- a walkers' paradise. The food is superb, the wine list well chosen and competitively priced, but it is the personal service and extras which lift this wonderful country house hotel to a special level. The welcome decanter of sherry and, being there at Easter, a decorated Hazel Bank Egg from one of Cumbria's best confectioners. ' - Bob & Jean Henry - March, 2018
'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

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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.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide