Borrowdale Gates

Keswick, Cumbria
+44 (0)17687 77204
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£106 - £318
per night

A beautiful small hotel lost in a magical Lakeland setting – expect big views, fine walking, comfy rooms and delicious food


25 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£106 - £318 per night

The Experience

If you want deep peace, spectacular landscapes and a slice of luxury in a stylish hotel, you’ll find it here. This is Borrowdale, an unchanged corner of the rural idyll, “the loveliest square mile in Lakeland” to quote Alfred Wainwright. High peaks encircle you, sheep graze the fields, the river Derwent potters past. The view from the top of High Seat is one of the best in the Lakes, with Derwentwater sparkling under a vast sky. Lowland walking is equally impressive: long or short, high or low, Borrowdale delivers. At the end of the day roll back to this lovely hotel. Big windows downstairs frame majestic views. You get binoculars, the daily papers, afternoon tea in front of roaring fires or out on the terrace in summer. Bedrooms are great value for money, with warm colours, super beds, smart bathrooms, a sofa if there’s room. Some open onto terraces, several have small balconies, all have the view. As for the restaurant, a wall of glass looks out over the village and beyond, a fine spot for a good meal, perhaps hand-dived scallops, fell-bred lamb, lemon tart with cassis sorbet.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £106
Price includes dinner.
18 Twin/doubles
From £214
4 Singles
From £106
3 Suites for 2
From £262


Booking information

Check in
Check out
3 January - 24 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Light lunch from £8. Dinner included; non-residents £35.50-£44. Afternoon tea from £16.50. Sunday lunch £27.50.


The staff were excellent, the food superb and the setting is lovely.

Cathy, Manchester

Beautiful setting,wonderful food and friendly welcoming staff

Sue, Havant

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jess Dowell

  • Set in two acres of woodland, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel is flanked by the dramatic peaks of Scafell Pike and Skiddaw and lies in the mouth of the lush Borrowdale Valley – a truly mesmerising location, with stunning walks for all levels
  • Close to the shores of Derwentwater, guests enjoy a variety of lake activities, including sailing lessons, rowing boat hire and lake cruises
  • Whinlatter Forest – Beautiful forest trails suitable for walkers and mountain bikers of all abilities, children’s adventure area, mountain bike hire, and Go Ape, with high platforms, swings, zip wires and rope bridges.
  • Keswick & Cockermouth Golf Clubs – Stunning mountain courses. Bassenthwaite Lake and Ospreys – The Lake District’s first ever wetland nature reserve and famous as the nesting place of the magnificent osprey.Lakes Distillery
  • The Theatre by the Lake – Cumbria’s only year-round professional producing theatre.Watendlath Trout Fishery – No permits required for this weekly stocked tarn close to the hotel
  • Honister Slate Mine – Just up the road; watch slate splitting that has changed little in 300 years. Lakes Distillery - Just a few miles down the road, try out Lakeland's first whiskey distillery tour