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Welcome to Seatoller House

Address: Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XN

Telephone: 017687 77218

Hotel Description

Seatoller House is a beautiful guest house seven miles south of Keswick at the head of Borrowdale. It is over 300 years old and has been a guest house for over 100 years. It is the largest building in the hamlet of Seatoller. The house prides itself on its friendly welcome, an informal atmosphere and good home cooked food. It is an excellent centre for exploring the Lake District and is popular with walkers, artists, and those who want immediate access to the fells. The Library and Sitting Room provide a comfortable setting for relaxing and discussing the day with fellow guests. The Tea Bar allows guests to get hot and cold beverages, snacks and best of all a daily homemade cake. Jennings beer and other drinks are available as well. The dining room has two large traditional oak tables creating a friendly atmosphere where guests are served a set meal at 7 pm (excluding Tuesdays). Breakfast is a relaxed affair at 8am, with a range of choices. There are 10 bedrooms all with private bathrooms, a large delightful garden surrounding the house and ample private car parking. Guests receive a warm welcome from managers Nigel and Patricia Dixon. Patricia has lived in the valley most of her life and with Nigel seeks to source local produce of great quality for all the home cooked food they produce. Do ask them for local tips of places to visit!

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Hotel Reviews - Seatoller House

Weekend Break In The Lakes
Very pleasant accommodation with a very comfortable lounge and library room with a log fire. Good home cooked food served on an evening consisting of four courses more than enough after a good day on the fells. Would definitely stay here again

Kim Coyne - 30th Sep, 2019
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Beautiful Seatoller House
The hosts of this beautiful guest house go above and beyond to make you feel at home in this idyllic setting steeped in history. We needed more time here. It was clean, comfortable and the food amazing. Great recommendations were provided for sightseeing and eating out. Would definitely return here and highly recommend it to others.

Simone Kottmann - 19th Sep, 2019
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A Wonderful First Stay At Seatoller House!
We had not stayed here before and can understand why there are so many ‘regulars ‘ who keep returning!

We had a large quiet room ( one of the en-suite ones) which was very comfortable. The property has a terrific location for enjoying the great walks and views of Borrowdale, food and ambience are exceptional and we really enjoyed the communal dining arrangements, facilitated by a brilliant host!

We look forward to returning.

Deborah Lazarus - 11th Sep, 2019
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Seatoller House
Wonderful stay here, very relaxing, warm and welcoming, we stayed here to do a walk up scarefell pike the accommodation is spacious, and has everything we needed including a dry room for our wet clothes the hosts were very good and would defo advise people to stay here. We will certainly be back.

Gillian Cross - 2nd Sep, 2019
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Got Lucky
I forgot to fill the visitor book in and this is what I was going to say, If you are reading this book then you have stayed in a little gem of a B and B and you will know just how lucky you have been to get booked into this amazing original guest house. what more can I say it was so lovely that I cant believe my luck at getting a last-minute booking, brilliant place.

RICHARD GREEN - 31st Aug, 2019
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Seatoller 25-27aug19
Such a friendly environment it felt more like staying at a friends house rather than a guest house.

Will definitely be making a return visit.

Paul Bulmer - 28th Aug, 2019
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Our 2 night stay was excellent. Very comfortable accommodation, great food and a very helpful and welcoming manager. We would highly recommend this guest house.

Deborah Thompson - 21st Aug, 2019
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Excellent Food!
We recently returned to Seatoller House and were not disappointed. Nigel and Trish are superb hosts and the guest house is friendly and extremely comfortable. Trish's dinners are superb - worth climbing a mountain for!!

Joy Ruddell - 7th Aug, 2019
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Great Quiet Family Getaway
Thanks to Nigel for making our last minute getaway so easy and relaxing. Seatoller is a lovely place for couples and families. We had a lovely relaxing stay away from the bustle of Keswick.

Thomas Fulford - 1st Aug, 2019
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Perfect Spot
My husband and I loved our stay at Seatoller House. We had a very comfortable ensuite room overlooking the garden. Breakfast and supper were eaten at large tables with other guests, with lovely conversations. The food was excellent, with beer and wine available. Many walks possible from outside the door. Would definitely recommend and return.

Mary Brownlow - 22nd Jul, 2019
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Great Find!
So pleased I found this place! Beautiful old building in a great location for some fantastic walks- my targets of Cat Bells, Haystacks and Scafell Pike were all close by. Bathroom was across the hallway but it was ‘mine’ not shared so no different from home. Comfortable lounge and library. Great breakfast. My packed lunch salad was admired by other walkers on the summit of Scafell Pike! Amazing home cooked evening meal on shared tables (a 6 and an 8)- nice as a solo female to sit and eat with like minded people. I was sad to leave!!

Anna Kerruish - 20th Jul, 2019
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A Wonderful Place To Stay
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Seatoller. The rooms were excellent and the food was lovely.

Sarah Weal - 20th Jul, 2019
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Perfect Place To Stay!
Really beautiful setting and perfect welcome, we were shown around the lovely quaint cottage, which instead of room numbers had themes we stayed in the owl room, had a stunning view and only 5 minutes away from the start of our walk.

Great food, we only had breakfast but it was cooked to perfection both mornings we were there, and the other guests raved about the dinner so I can only assume it was good.

Definitely recommend, my only gripe was that the individual rooms weren’t lockable but we has zero issues just was unusual for me to leave without locking up other than that it was the perfect place to stay.

Adam Swingler - 12th Jul, 2019
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A Real Gem
Nigel and Trish really do their utmost to ensure that Seatoller House lives up to its description and reputation. Fantastic food in a remarkable setting. We will be back

Stewart MacKenzie - 1st Jul, 2019
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Seatoller House
The perfect location for great walking in the lakes. This house has character, charm and is very peaceful and relaxing. The owners are great and have some small touches that really make a difference to match your needs as a traveler. The food is also exceptional. Will definitely stay here again.

Michael Chaytor - 9th Jun, 2019
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Top Week At Seatoller House !
We stayed for 5 days at Seatoller House as our basis to discover the Lake District area. It was really top, Nigel & Trish do their utmost best to make their guests feel welcome & comfortable. Nice, cosy rooms in a historic framework and the evening four-course dinners are really excellent (that sticky toffee pudding...). Most recommendable !

Marc Dauwe - 8th Jun, 2019
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Little Gem
Late booking but no regrets. Comfortable accommodation and great atmosphere. Wonderful food at communal tables. My regret is not finding this place before.

Ian Simpson - 7th Jun, 2019
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Excellent As Ever
Returning for our third stay at Seatoller, everything was as good as previously. Comfy room, excellent food, wonderful welcome, lovely atmosphere. The perfect base for a walking holiday in the North Lakes.

Bridget Elton - 6th Jun, 2019
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2 Night Stay At Seatoller House
Excellent accommodation and superb food, we could not have wished for more, our only regret is we didnot have the chance to stay longer. Our hosts and all the staff were wonderful, we will return again.

Susan Jones - 20th May, 2019
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Seatoller House is everything a Lakeland guest house should be. Good quality filling food, comfortable beds, excellent facilities and plenty of opportunity for relaxing in the beautiful house and gardens. The ethos of friendliness and cooperation which has always been a feature remains so.

Gillian Quille - 18th May, 2019
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Escape From Your Tv And Mobile Phone
If you're wedded to your phone and TV,and are horrified by the idea of sitting down to dinner with ten or so strangers, then this destination is probably not for you.But if you enjoy walking all day without having to drive more than a mile or so, and returning to a hot bath, and a splendid four course dinner, in a beautiful setting and a house which has been accommodating walkers for over 120 years,then look no further! A wonderfully friendly, welcoming and individual place to stay...

Alan Bean - 4th May, 2019
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Relaxed, Comfortable And Homely
We very much enjoyed our stay at Seatoller House. You can come and go as you please and it is ideally located for walks in Borrowdale. Use the self service honesty system for bar, tea, coffee and cakes. The four course evening meals are exceptional and breakfast is spot on too. Orders for fresh salads, sandwiches and treats for lunch can be made the night before. Dogs can sleep in your room if well behaved. If it rains, there is a boot room for drying all your clothes and shoes and an endless supply of steaming hot water for baths/showers. Just perfect.

Angela Barnes - 26th Apr, 2019
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Just Perfect
beautiful old house and lovely hosts. perfect location for the walks we had planned. The food on the monday night was excellent home cooked food and we really liked enjoyed eating with the other guests. The room was lovely and allowed dogs in the room. would definitely use again and have been recommending it.

Fergus Norrie - 15th Apr, 2019
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Great Long Weekend
Just spent another great weekend at Seatoller with good food, good company and no rain for a change! New menu items are great with delicious belly pork and pheasant featuring for the first time, and a great vegetarian curry for non meat eaters. Instead of sandwiches Trish and Nigel are now offering sandwiches for lunch on the fells and they are delicious.

Dr JA and Mrs HJ Paris - 2nd Apr, 2019
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One of the best short breaks we have ever experienced. Beautiful setting, exceptionally friendly, both staff and other visitors; room very comfortable and spotlessly clean and food excellent. Group dining leads to lively conversation.

a number of good walks from the Guesthouse and also within easy reach of some of the best walks in the lakes of varying degrees of difficulty.

What more could one want! we can't wait to visit again! Thank you!

Tony Farr - 1st Apr, 2019
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Remarkable Achievement
Somehow - and it ia a remarkable achievement on the part of those who run it - Seatoller House stays the same as it always has been and yet everything is a bit better each time I stay. This year it was the food that seemed to me more interesting and more varied than I remembered.

John Hamwee - 12th Oct, 2018
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Great Tradition
Seatoller maintains and even exceeds its wonderful reputation as a home for walkers, climbers, and those with memories of past exploits to gather and share their stories in comfortable surroundings with superb meals. The rooms, onw mostly ensuite, are spacious and pleasant. The evening meals, served family style, are delicious and well worth the modest charge. Nigel’s hospitality is flawless. The atmosphere is unique!

Robert Jaffe - 21st Sep, 2018
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Great Place To Stay Off The Beaten Track
Lovely place, other guests were great people. Hosts were helpful, available and fun to chat with. I really recommend staying in this B&B. Breakfasts were delicious.

Jacob Mooney - 29th Aug, 2018
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Quiet Location And Friendly Atmosphere
This was a fantastic location in the middle of the lake district. Surrounded by fields and mountains all around, it is very much off the path of most visitors to the area. There are convenient bus stops right outside the house (77A, 77 and 78 from Keswick). My husband and I were reliant on the public transportation to get us around the area, which made it a bit difficult to get back to the Seatoller house in the evenings (last bus leaves Keswick at 6:20pm) , but if you have your own transport or are keen to be walking for most of your trip, it is a very manageable location.

The cooked breakfasts each morning are a wonderful way to start your day whether that includes walking trails or visiting the towns. It also allows you to meet your fellow travelers and makes for some great connections and conversations. Nigel is a great host and is always on top of everything you need.

We didn't take advantage of the evening meal opportunity but I've been told it's a wonderful treat and worth booking as well.

It is the dampest valley in the District, so come prepared with warm clothes. Our room was a bit damp and drafty - colder than the rest of the house, but the bed was one of the most comfortable that we've ever slept in.

Lindsey Williams - 21st Aug, 2018
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A Pleasure To Stay In This Historic Building So Full Of Interest And Character
Thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at Seatoller House, an historic building so full of interest and character in a great location for access to walks in the area. Very friendly, helpful staff, large bedroom but private rather than en suite bathroom was a bit odd but not a problem for us. Delicious food and we especially loved the idea of the coffee/cake/bar “honesty” idea which would be great to see adopted elsewhere.

Linda Clarke - 26th Jun, 2018
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We were made very welcome at Seatoller House. Our room was clean and comfortable, and we really enjoyed our stay.

Brian Thorpe - 24th Apr, 2018
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Seatoller House
This is a real gem of a place! The food is superb, as is the company and the surroundings. We absolutely loved the tea bar and the excellent drying room came in very useful on one of the days. Many thanks to Nigel and Trish for a fantastic few days - we will be back!

JOY RUDDELL - 4th Aug, 2017
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Incredible Experience
The Seatoller will exceed your expectations. The property is warm and inviting, and suits those who wish to socialize and meet other nature lovers or those who see privacy. The grounds are teeming with birds and the three red squirrels that delight the eye---as well as a nearby farmer's property with idyllic, picture-perfect sheep. The food was AMAZING. Nigel and Trish make you feel like family. This place is extraordinary.

Michelle Kee - 22nd Jul, 2017
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Recent Stay
As always a lovely stay with an excellent evening meal. The bathrooms have been upgraded along with the bedroom furnishings.

Mr. Ian Thomas - 15th Jul, 2017
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A Unique Treat In A Beautiful Location
We absolutely loved Seatoller House, from the history to the setting to the other guests to the hosting, which included delicious group style dinners. I would definitely return on any trip to the area. Many of our fellow guests had been coming for decades. It is really a special place.

Ms. Angela Barton - 18th Sep, 2016
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Walking Break
The house is clean, comfortable and the food is excellent, the staff are friendly and helpful - if only there was a TV so we didn't miss all the Olympics!!

Thanks again for another great stay!!

Ken Robinson

Mr. Ken Robinson - 15th Aug, 2016
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A Beautiful Stay
we had an amazing stay at Seatoller House - a beautiful historic, building in a convenient location for the fells, well provisioned and extremely efficiently run. We found ourselves not minding the poor weather which shortened our walks and took us back to the house early, where we could sit and read in the library or make ourselves tea to go with delicious cake in the guest kitchen. The meals were all fabulous. Despite its comforts it retains a level of informality and attracts interesting guests - some we discovered have been returning for more than 20 years! We too will be back.

Ms. Judith Knott - 8th Aug, 2016
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A Very Enjoyable Stay
We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent at Seatoller. The staff were particularly helpful and accommodating. The food was always very good. Our room was clean and comfortable. We slept very well partly due to the invigorating walks. On the day it rained heavily it was useful to be able to dry our boots and clothes so easily.

Mrs. Anne Parker - 6th Aug, 2016
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July Visit
Perfect place to start a hike up the mountains. Food was excellent, rooms were clean and comfortable, and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Mr. Andrew Phillips - 31st Jul, 2016
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A Unique Experience!
We've been visiting Seatoller House for over 20 years and it's always a pleasure to return. Seatoller House is the antithesis of a hotel chain a sort of cross between a gentlemen's club, Oxford college and your aunties country house. Guests are encouraged to talk to each other and be friendly. Walkers, dogs and muddy boots are welcome. A freshly baked cake greets hungry hikers on their return. Lovely place, long may it continue!

Dr. Rod Moreton - 26th Jul, 2016
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Seaitoller House
Another really enjoyable stay. Comfortable accommodation and excellent cuisine.

Mrs. Sheila Wasley - 23rd Jul, 2016
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Perfect Guesthouse To Experience Beauty Of The Lake District
We absolutely enjoyed our stay!!! Everything was perfect. Even the weather. Hope to do it agaian...will tell others about your lovely guesthouse. Thank you

Mrs. Janet Petitpierre - 20th Jul, 2016
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Excellent Place To Stay
Seatoller House exceeded my expectations. Ideally placed with plenty off road parking.Very friendly. Excellent meals. House party style meant as a solo female I didn't feel isolated at meals. No TV or radio encouraged conversation.

Ms. Mavis Tingay - 12th Jul, 2016
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A Perfect Trip In Warm Sunshine
Dear Nigel and Trish

Many thanks for you unfailing hospitality. Delicious food in a well equipped and well managed house.

Everything in order plus the excellent company of fellow fell-enthusiasts

Mr. Michael Drake - 10th May, 2016
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A Unique And Very Special Place.
My husband and I have been coming to Seatoller house for many years. The house has a very special ambience and we enjoy the traditions of conviviality with other guests; sharing stories in the guest kitchen after walks and in the comfortable sitting rooms after the evening meal. The food is excellent and the rooms ( all different) attractive, comfortable and very clean.

Nigel and Trish are excellent hosts

Mrs. Helen Elliott - 30th Apr, 2016
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We\'ve Found Our Haven.
Can't fault anything about our stay. We came away for a couple of days break before the kids broke up from school. It was a perfect, restful time. The atmosphere was friendly, informal and very relaxed. We didn't have the evening meal as we wanted the flexibility of being out as long as we want, but if the breakfast was anything to go by then it probably couldn't be faulted as it was excellent. There's so much more we could say - suffice to say we'll be back for another, longer visit. We would definitely recommend a stay. There's a danger we will become regular visitors.

Mrs. Kay Dawson - 27th Oct, 2015
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Attractions - Seatoller House

Keswick Golf Club - Keswick - Golf

Keswick Golf Club - Keswick - Golf

Distance 9.09 miles (14.54 km)
Cumbria has many great sports clubs and Keswick Golf Club is no exception. Located 4 miles East of Keswick on Derwentwater in the heart of the Lake District, the golf course is easily approached from the A66 at Threlkeld - the main route from Penrith to the West Coast. The golf club is renowned for its outstanding Lakeland views and superb facilities. Sitting on Threlkeld Common the course has scenic panoramic views of Blencathra - one of England's highest mountains - Skiddaw, Clough Head and other North Lakeland fells.