Welcome to Hazel Bank

A Multi Award Winning Country House Hotel

In the heart of the Borrowdale Valley

The MacRae family and Hazel Bank welcome you to the heart of the Borrowdale valley, Keswick in the English Lake District. A magnificent Multi Award winning country house hotel set amongst four acres of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

Elevated above the hamlet of Rosthwaite, with commanding views of surrounding fells (which include Scafell Pike and Great Gable). Hazel Bank was built around 1840. The acclaimed writer, Sir Hugh Walpole was a guest and Hazel Bank the fictional home in ‘Rogue Herries’, and birthplace for ‘Judith Paris’. Hazel Bank is a classic country house with private woodland, bridges and beck side walk.

Uniquely situated for all manner of outdoor pursuits and with easy access to Keswick, Buttermere, Honister and Derwentwater (Queen of the English lakes). Whether it is an energetic day on the fells or a relaxing tea on the lawn, Hazel Bank is the perfect place to escape, relax and explore. Leave the car as there are numerous walks from the door to suit all levels of fitness.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Borrowdale Valley…

The Good Hotel Guide

Cesar Winner 2024

Lake District Hotel

Multi-Award Winning

Our Rooms


Blencathra is a spacious deluxe room with views over the garden to the woodland and Watendlath fells, and is ideal for watching the numerous types of wild life we have here, from red squirrels, pheasants and even deer.

Our Rooms


Bowfell is a lovely double room with king-sized bed along with views toward Bessy Boot and Glaramara. It has a huge built in wardrobe, luxurious axminster carpets, and has all the accompaniments you would expect from Hazel Bank.

Our Rooms

Castle Crag

Situated on the ground floor Castle Crag is a deluxe room with king size double bed or twin and double walk-in limestone tiled ensuite with rain shower, heated floor and heated de-mist mirror and complimentary L’Occitane toiletries.

Our Rooms


Dalehead is one of our superior rooms, recently refurbished, and has a lovely window seat with front facing views toward Dalehead and Great Gable.

Our Rooms

Great Gable

Named after the mountain in looks on to, this is a well-appointed deluxe room with views over the lawns. It has a king sized four poster bed made from Cumbrian oak and headboard inlaid with Lakeland slate by award winning local cabinet maker Matt Jardine.

Our Rooms


Hellvelyn is a superior room with standard double bed; it comes with views over our woodland garden toward Grange Fell and Watendlath and is ideal for watching the Red Squirrels scampering around the feeders.

Our Rooms


Beautifully appointed deluxe room with excellent views over the lawns toward Great Gable.

Full of handmade furniture, a wall mounted flat screen LED TV, iPod/iPhone charger docking clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary spring water and homemade biscuits.


Homemade Food

Award winning dining

Our menu, a SET four-course dinner, is inspired by the Borrowdale Valley and dictated by the seasons, with no two days being the same. Lady of the house, Donna uses only the finest local produce preparing elegant and timeless dishes with a modern twist.

“Relaxing and Luxurious are oft repeated descriptions of this small country house with captivating views”
~ The Good Hotel Guide

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Wildlife at Hazelbank

Explore the nature around us

Being situated in a traffic-free country setting, we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife which you can regularly see around the 4 acres of lawns and woodlands with Red Squirrels, Red and Roe Deer, Pheasants and a host of native birds. We also boast some wonderful “Dark Skies”.

“So lovely to see the red squirrels at breakfast time”
~ Sue & Pete

Elevated above Rosthwaite in Borrowdale

A Scenic Location

Rosthwaite is a charming village, known for being the social centre for the valley of Borrowdale. With dramatic scenery from every aspect, Hazel Bank’s stunning location takes you directly from the door and onto the beautiful Lake District fells.

“ Top culinary Journey supported by the best raconteurship in the Lake District! ”

~ Paul and Jenny ,Manchester

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Proud winners of The Good Hotel Guide “Best Hotel in the North of England" 2024 Cesar Ritz Award !

We are delighted and humbled to receive the @good_hotel_guide  Cesar Ritz 2024 , Best Hotel in the North of England award  ,Along with the Conde Nast Johansen Small and Exclusive award for 2024. Well done all the team here at Hazelbank.

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