Hazel Bank

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

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Hazel Bank
CA12 5XB
017687 77248

Hotel information


7. 1 on ground floor.


all year except 12 Dec–27 Jan.


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

Background music

Classic FM at breakfast.


not under 15.


not allowed.


not allowed

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[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

Summertime Three Night Special Offer

Book three nights or more in July or August 2018 for £104 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. 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
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Guest comments

'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
'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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