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The Derwentwater Hotel



The Derwentwater Hotel includes Standard and Superior rooms, all of which will impress. After a long day of walking or an afternoon in the garden, you’ll be able to retire to sumptuous comfort in your own en-suite guest room. All rooms are stylish and well-equipped, with TVs and hairdryers as well as a selection of light refreshments. Superior rooms include shaving points and telephones, and some rooms have views of the lake that gave its name to this spectacular Lake District hotel.

The Derwentwater Hotel Superior Room

The Derwentwater Hotel 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 hair dryer, shaving point and facilities to make a hot drink.


  • Flat screen Television.
  • En-suite bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
  • Large Rooms.
  • Hair dryer, shaving point and telephone.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
The Derwentwater Hotel Standard Room

The Derwentwater Hotel Standard Room

Our standard rooms are contain everything you come to expect from a modern hotel. All our rooms have en-suite facilities as well as a television, hair dryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En-suite and WC.
  • Television.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
The Derwentwater Hotel Standard Plus Room

The Derwentwater Hotel Standard Plus Room

These newly redesigned rooms offer attractive decor and contemporary furnishings. The rooms have been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. All our rooms have En-Suite facilities and hairdryers.


  • Newly redesigned
  • Attractive decor and furnishings
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Flat screen Television

Local Attractions

For many that stay at the Derwentwater Hotel, there are no better attractions than the hotel’s garden and local woodland trails. The beauty of the Lake District is in the simplicity and the calm, without major tourist venues found elsewhere in the country. In the Lake District you’ll feel no need to rush from place to place, and no pressure to stay occupied through every hour of the day. Instead, you can enjoy a morning of relaxation before an afternoon visit to a gallery, a historic house or a local natural landmark.

Fed by the River Derwent, the nearby lake is known as Lake Derwent and as Derwentwater. The views are stunning from the hotel and from paths leading down the the water’s edge, and local companies offer boat tours of the lake to show off the four islands that are owned by the National Trust.

Derwent IslandDerwent 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.

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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.

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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 CastleMuncaster 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.

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Hutton in the ForestHutton 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.

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Telephone: 01768 772 538

By Car

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.

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By Train

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


Food Hygiene 4 StarIn keeping with the hotel’s country style, the Deer’s Leap Restaurant serves traditional British meals and light snacks to enjoy as you look out over the lake. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, ensuring that you feel comfortable and can eat at your own pace. The conservatory is a lovely place to enjoy a light dinner, and the menu frequently changes and includes daily specials. During your stay, you might have the opportunity to try the Cumberland sausage, pan-fried chicken or the flavourful pear and ginger sponge cake.

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

Why not upgrade?
To improve your dining experience and give you more choice we have introduced an à la carte menu to supplement our Table D'hôte offering. Guests staying on any of our half board package breaks are now able to upgrade to our à la carte menu for a reduced rate. Bon appetit.
Meal Times

Monday to Sunday 8am to 10 am

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


The Derwentwater Hotel

Enjoy the lush and tranquil surroundings of the Lake District, staying at Keswick’s Derwentwater Hotel. Extensive park-style grounds are perfect for walking, home to woodland creatures including birds, red squirrels and deer, and are watched over by the hotel’s conservatory lounge.

During your visit, savour local flavours at the Deer’s Leap Restaurant and enjoy your favourite drinks at the Derwent Bar. The hotel’s grounds look stunning in the sun and the snow, with winter visitors benefiting from the roaring open fire to add a festive atmosphere and to warm tired walkers.

If you love nature then you’ll be in your element. You’ll wake to the birdsong, and drift to sleep to the sound of an owl in a distant tree. Derwent is just a short and pleasant stroll away, where you can enjoy a lake cruise or simply stop to appreciate your surroundings.


  • 24 hour reception with Night porter
  • Check in time 3 pm
  • Check out time 10 am
  • Dog Friendly
  • Oxley's Health Spa
  • Patio Area
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Car Parking

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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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Perfect Location...

The Derwentwater Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding as not only is it a beautiful property, it is set in an idyllic Lake District. We offer a professional and dedicated team, so whatever your ideas, we will do our best to accommodate them.

Our hotel with its stunning setting makes it a perfect location for a truly memorable reception. When you combine this with our stunning gardens and the lake you can understand why we are popular. Your biggest decision will be where to have the photos taken, you will be spoilt for choice! Our professional team will be on hand to help you plan your arrangements from start to finish, tailoring your day to meet your individual requirements.

Perfect Day...

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.

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 spectular 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.