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The Derwentwater Hotel



Typical Superior Rooms

The Derwentwater is a unique and welcoming hotel that features 47 en suite bedrooms that all include a comfortable bed, television and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. With such a wonderful lakeside location, a number of the bedrooms naturally feature great views and you can make your stay all the more special by choosing one of our Standard Plus or Superior Rooms which offer a little something extra. Remember, if you have visited the hotel before you can now reserve your favourite room by number in advance for just £10.
The Derwentwater Superior Room

The Derwentwater Superior Room

Our Superior rooms typically have luxurious beds, 26 inch flat screen digital television and a spacious en suite bathroom with shower over bath. These Superior Rooms also have a hairdryer, shaving point and tea and coffee making facilities for your convenience.


  • Large Rooms 
  • Flat screen Television 
  • En suite bathroom with bath and shower 
  • Hairdryer, shaving point and telephone 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
The Derwentwater Standard Plus Room

The Derwentwater Standard Plus Room

These redesigned rooms offer attractive decor and contemporary furnishings. The rooms have been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. All of our rooms have en suite bath or shower rooms, a television and hairdryer, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.


  • Redesigned with an attractive decor 
  • Contemporary furnishings 
  • En suite bath or shower room
  • Flat screen television 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
The Derwentwater Standard Room

The Derwentwater Standard Room

Our standard rooms are the perfect choice if you a looking for simple, crisp comfort. All our rooms have en suite facilities as well as a television, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En suite bathroom or shower room 
  • Television 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 

Out & About

Local Attractions

Derwentwater is a special place and it is not hard to see why this area of the Lake District is a popular destination for visitors all year round. Stunning beauty and dramatic scenery is all around. Nature lovers and birdwatchers are certainly in for a treat, with the chance to see many species of bird. Look out for glimpses of rare Osprey over the lake as well as roaming wild deer and endangered red squirrels in the local woodland trails.

The attractive town of Keswick is nearby, and boasts great pubs, outdoor stores and a great information centre for making the most of your trip. Keswick also hosts a variety of brilliant festivals throughout the year that are worth checking out. Make the most of the lake with a scenic boat ride across the water, or visit one of the islands owned by the National Trust. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to take a scenic walk into the fells, with routes for all abilities. For something different, the intriguing Puzzling Place or the famous Pencil Museum are worth a look, too.

Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events

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Derwent Island Derwent Island and House
A National Trust property, Derwent Island is home to the impressive white Derwent House, which stands amongst mature trees. It’s an 18th century house of classical style, and it occupies an enviable position overlooking the lake. Derwent House is currently inhabited, and is only open to the public for five days each year. It’s therefore important to accurately schedule your visit if you want to access the property. Otherwise, simply walk the island and enjoy guided tours and treasure hunts as you learn the island’s history.

Wordsworth House and Gardens
Romantic poet William Wordsworth found inspiration in the natural beauty of the Lake District, where he wrote about colourful daffodils and the beautiful native birds. He also produced a Guide to the Lakes, where he was born and raised. At Wordsworth House, you can learn more about the life of William and his sister Dorothy as you talk to household staff. The house is an interactive museum where children are free to run, jump and play and where you can savour local foods prepared in the Georgian kitchen. Some of Wordsworth’s works are on display, and you can write with a quill pen and ink before walking through the gardens which are still carefully maintained. Visit their website

Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
At Acorn Bank, you’ll find an interesting herb garden containing more than 250 plants used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Insects, birds and small mammals thrive within the gardens, and there are orchards with native fruit trees. A walk along Crowdundle Beck will take you to the watermill, and you can stop at the tea room for a light bite to eat. A National Trust property, Acorn Bank also includes a shop stocked with souvenirs and with plants to take home. Visit their website

Beatrix Potter Gallery
This white 17th century house contains the works of Beatrix Potter, ranging from her original drawings to pieces of written text. Accompanying, you’ll see artifacts and family photographs giving a detailed insight into Potter’s life as a farmer and conservationist, and her involvement in the Lake District. The house was once the office of William Heelis, who was Beatrix Potter’s husband, and is one of the oldest buildings in Hawkshead.

Muncaster Castle Muncaster Castle and Garden
One of Cumbria’s most popular attractions, Muncaster Castle is an 18th century property with extensive gardens that are a haven for wildlife and filled with one of Europe’s largest rhododendron collections. Families love Muncaster Castle with its playground, maze and gift shop. Known as a haunted location, the castle is also home to the World Owl Centre and an on-site café. Visit their website

Hutton in the Forest Hutton in the Forest
An ancient house surrounded by stunning gardens, Hutton-in-the-Forest is owned by Lord Inglewood and is his family home. It features beautiful architectural styling, well-kept grounds and elaborate antique furnishings, and plays host to an extensive calendar of events including open-air Shakespeare performances, food fairs and horse trials. Visit their website




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Telephone: 01768 772 538

Driving Directions

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By Car

Use the directions above or put our postcode into your Sat Nav. Alternatively, if you are coming by road it’s easy to reach the Derwentwater Hotel, despite its secluded location. Leave the M6 at Junction 40 for Penrith, and follow the A66 to Keswick and Cockermouth. Travel 15 miles, ignoring the three turnings for Keswick, and after the third drive another 150 yards and turn left to Portinscale and Grange. You’ll go over a small stone bridge, past a pub and into the village, following the road to the right. Turn left on the bend, and follow brown direction signs for the Derwentwater Hotel.

Car Parking

The Derwentwater Hotel has a car park which can accommodate up to 30 cars.

By Train

The nearest train station is Penrith which is 25 minutes away.


Restaurant at the hotel

The Derwentwater offers you great dining options. In keeping with the hotel’s country style, the Deer’s Leap Restaurant serves traditional cooked breakfasts and three course evening meals -look out for favourites such as Cumberland sausage or heartwarming pear and ginger sponge! Enjoy them as you look out over the hotel grounds towards the lake. The conservatory is a lovely setting to enjoy a snack or a light lunch and if you are a dog owner, you can take breakfast here accompanied by your faithful friend.

Enjoy a la carte dining

A three course table d’hôte dinner menu is offered as standard with all of our half board breaks. If you would like a wider choice at dinner you are welcome to choose from our a la carte menu for a small supplement. Each dish has a different supplement which is displayed on the menu.

If you are not on a Half Board package, you can also enjoy a delicious bar meal in the ever-welcoming Derwent Bar. Relax, the choice is yours!

Sample Table D'hôte Menu


Gem Salad
Baby leaves dressed with a creamy blue cheese dressing and sautéed bacon

Vegetable Soup (v)
A delicious chunky soup with lashings of seasonal vegetables

Whitebait Fillets
Deep fried breaded whitebait fillets served with a wedge of lemon and a fresh tartar dip

Main Course

Chicken, Leeks and Bacon
Pan-fried breast of chicken on a bed of creamed leeks with bacon and served with herb crushed new potatoes

Cumberland Sausage and Mashed Potato
Great British hearty Cumberland sausages served on a bed of wholegrain mustard mash and onion gravy

Mushroom Risotto (v)
Creamy arborio rice infused gently with sautéed mushrooms


Pear and Ginger Sponge
Moist Ginger sponge and slices of pear served with hot custard

Fruit Cheesecake
A creamy fruit cheesecake on a crunchy biscuit base served with pouring cream

A selection of Ice Cream
Served with a crispy wafer

Freshly brewed Douwe Egberts Coffee and Mints

Food Hygiene 4 Star
Meal Times

Monday to Sunday 8am to 10 am

Monday to Thursday 6pm to 8pm
Friday to Sunday 6.30pm to 8.30pm


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This hotel is ideal for:

  • Walking
  • Nature
  • Dog Friendly
  • Leisure Facilities

The Derwentwater Hotel

A trip to the Lake District is high up on the “bucket list" for many people for a chance to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in England, world class walks and an abundance of fresh air. A stay at the Derwentwater, right alongside the beautiful lake that bears its name, will put you in the ideal spot to make the most of everything the Lake District has to offer. Read More

The Derwentwater is a welcoming hotel set in its own picturesque grounds. From the elegant conservatory you can enjoy a very pleasant stroll down to the water, keeping a look out for the elusive deer and red squirrels along the way. If you are feeling energetic, a pleasant stroll taking in the lake will bring you out in the bustling town of Keswick - the beating heart of the Lake District.
Back at the hotel you can dine in style at the Deer’s Leap Restaurant, admiring splendid views towards the water as you enjoy a hearty meal. After dinner, why not retire to the Derwent Bar? Here you can sip a cooling drink in the summertime or get cosy by the roaring fire in winter - a real favourite for tired legs when you’ve spent the day walking the trails! Due to the location and “outdoors’” nature of this hotel, you may be pleased to discover that we can also accept dogs at this hotel by prior arrangement and for a small fee.

At a Glance

  • 47 Bedrooms 
  • Lakeside location 
  • Dog Friendly 
  • Access to Oxley’s Health Spa               (Over 16's only)
  • Beautiful Grounds 
  • Easy, scenic walk into Keswick 
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas 
  • 24 hour Reception 
  • Check in  time 3 pm 
  • Check out time 10 am 

Get in touch

Photograph of David, Hotel Manager of The Derwentwater Hotel Hotel

David, Hotel Manager

A Warm Welcome To The Derwentwater Hotel…

The Derwentwater Hotel appeals to guests looking for a relaxing break, away from it all, or wishing to enjoy sightseeing around the Lakes. From the hotel you can stroll down to the lake, taking in the fresh air and scenery. Some of our rooms boast views across the lake and are available for guests wishing to wake up and start the day with a smile. If you’re an animal lover, there is plenty to see in the grounds of the hotel from the resident ducks and moorhens to endangered red squirrels and sometimes there are also sightings of deer on the path to the lake.


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What some of our guests have to say…

Customer Rating:

Brilliant short break. Hotel very peaceful. Lovely view of the lake from our bedroom window. Staff very helpful, especially the restaurant staff. Food really good, with plenty of choice. Can't wait to go back!

Gina Kempa
Customer Rating:

My first time in the lakes and can only say top marks to all the staff from the manager to Susan on reception and mark who couldn't do enough to assist help you great people!!! Were defiantly going back next year for a longer break 100% and its great we could take the dog to this hotel!! Views are top notch can't fault anything about this hotel location etc keep up the good work you lot see you next year!

Garry Plant Newcastle
Customer Rating:

Food, staff, hotel are all brilliant. Fantastic entertainment and a lovely place to stay. Would highly recommend.

Dave harper Tamworth

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We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. At Derwentwater Hotel, we pride ourselves on endeavouring to make your reception one you'll remember forever. Naturally you want it to be a truly perfect day for you and your partner as well as your family and friends. So let us assist you with the planning and preparation. We are here to help you every step of the way and we will do our best to see that everything runs smoothly as it possibly can.

Wedding Fairs and Events...

We can offer a wide range of wedding packages available to suit all requirements and we would love to meet you to discuss your needs for the perfect day. 

We will be hosting a range of Fairs and Open evenings throughout the year where you will be able to view our Hotel and facilities, set for the perfect wedding, and we can take the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

If you wish to attend one of our open evenings or wedding fairs please contact the hotel to confirm times

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Perfect Suites...

The Deer's leap restaurant is the perfect room for your wedding breakfast and evening reception, for up to 90 guests for a sit down dinner and a 150 guests for the evening reception.
During the summer months arrangements can be made for the wedding breakfast and reception to be held in a hired marquee on the lawns. With spectacular views across lake Derwentwater, this spectacular backdrop would make the most inexperienced camera owner a budding photographer, and the ideal setting for your perfect day. 

Information at a Glance...

Wedding Suite Capacities
Sit-Down Meal Evening Reception
The Deer's Leap Restaurant
90 150
The Garden Marquee
* Available on Request * Available on Request

Wedding Breakfast...

The Derwentwater Hotel has banqueting suites suitable for a variety of wedding celebrations, from the more intimate party's right up to the larger wedding breakfasts and receptions. Whatever the size and style of your event, our Wedding Co-ordinator can help you choose the suite that is right for you, and rest assured, you will receive the same care and attention to detail whatever the size of your wedding. Our high standards of food and service have established us as a reputable wedding venue.


At The Derwentwater Hotel we combine the individual charm of a Country House Hotel, coupled with modern facilities and creature comforts.

We have a variety of rooms to suit your guest's requirements. We do advise that you confirm your requirements as soon as possible and we will be happy to offer a special overnight accommodation rate to any guests wishing to stay with us. Above all, we are flexible and can discuss any requirements you may have in greater detail to ensure we take the stress out of organising your special day.