Skelwith Bridge Hotel

Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside, LA22 9NJ
Skelwith Bridge Hotel Outside

At the Skelwith Bridge Hotel, you really are in the heart of the Lake District. This delightful country retreat dates back to the 17th century, and was formerly a farmhouse with a corn mill and hostelry attached, providing a resting place for droving shepherds and other weary travellers. It is located in the small village of Skelwith Bridge, west of Lake Windermere and south of Grasmere.

Walking opportunities abound here, with family favourites, such as Elterwater and Loughrigg Tarn within close proximity, as well as tougher challenges, such as the Langdale Pikes also nearby. A short drive away you will find Wray Castle and Hill Top, two National Trust properties, and Ambleside with its bustling shops is just a ten-minute drive.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Wifi


The Skelwith Bridge Hotel has 28 rooms in total with a mixture of single, double, twin, or king sized available. Each room benefits from en-suite bathroom facilities that include complimentary Out of Eden toiletries and heated towel rails. Rooms also benefit from flat screen televisions, hospitality trays with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and mineral water, and a telephone.

The décor of the room reflects the country house style of the building, with traditional furnishings in classic, muted tones. Many have views of the fells and some have additional features, such as exposed beams and sloped ceilings. Larger, superior rooms are available that include iPod docking stations and larger televisions. On the ground floor of the hotel, the Grasmere Room has been adapted for disabled visitors and includes its own private access to the garden, as well as an adapted wet room with a bath and shower.

Skelwith Bridge Hotel Room

Restaurants & Bars

The restaurant is open for breakfast and evenings meals with non-residents welcome. In the mornings, a full Cumbrian breakfast will set you up for the day, or you can choose something lighter such as toast, cereal, yogurt, or fruit. A seasonal, three-course set menu is available in the evening, with many of the modern European and British dishes using locally sourced produce, such as Lakeland lamb.

If you are looking for something more casual, over in the Talbot Bar food is served between noon and 4pm, and then again between 5pm and 9pm. Here you will find traditional pub grub, as well as a tempting selection of baguettes. Children can enjoy smaller versions of the bar’s main meals for around half the price. On Sundays, a traditional roast dinner is available all day.

The bar has an extensive selection of spirits, including local brands, such as the One Whisky and Bedrock Gin. Ale is provided by Cockermouth brewer Jennings, and on Friday nights guests can join in with the popular quiz night.

Additional Facilities & Services

The hotel sits in a popular walking area, and it therefore has a drying room available for wet walking boots, waterproofs, etc. There is also the additional benefit of secure cycle storage.

Celebrations at Skelwith Bridge

The hotel is a delightful place to see in the New Year. Two-night packages are available with arrival on the 31st December. A four-course gala dinner is held in the evening, followed by music in the bar. A fireworks display marks the stroke of midnight.

Brunch is served on New Year's Day, with cake and coffee served in the afternoon, followed by festive quiz. In the evening, there is a three-course dinner, and breakfast is supplied the following day.


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