Overwater Hall is a hidden gem small luxury hotel just a few minutes drive from Bassenthwaite Lake. Set in 18 acres of private grounds this tranquil hideaway is passionately run by 3 experienced hospitality professionals. Expect traditional character bedrooms, sumptuous fine dining and pure relaxation.
- Independently run small luxury hotel
- Set in the northern Lakes
- A short drive to Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick
- Voted 5th best small hotel in the UK by Tripadvisor reviewers
- 2 AA rosette restaurant
- Attractive gardens including a beautiful pond
- Traditional character bedrooms
The following offers are showing provisional availability*.
Exclusive to OPL
Exclusive to OPL
Stay in a Superior and receive:
- A complimentary welcome drink each on arrival (house wine, local beer etc)
- Four course dinner for two each evening in the 2 AA rosette award winning restaurant (value £48 per person)
- Full Cumbrian breakfast for two daily
- Complimentary 1 pm late check out (subject to availability)
- Stay 3 nights+ and receive a full afternoon tea for two on one day during your stay
- Exclusive offer only available through countryhotelbreaks.com.
1 night stay
Package Price: £126.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing)
2 night stay
Package Price: £241.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing)
3 night stay
Package Price: £349 per person per stay (based on two sharing)
All of the above prices include all taxes / service fees.
* Offers showing provisional availability are subject to confirmation with the hotel and availability is not guaranteed. No funds will be taken from your card until the booking is confirmed, which will usually be within a few hours.
Offers showing instant availability are live and will be confirmed immediately.
Facilities at Overwater Hall
Owners and hosts, Stephen, Angela and Adrian, have created a luxurious hotel here in the northern Lake District, and their emphasis on personal service and wonderful attention to detail makes this house a home from home that lures their guests back time after time.
The local area, the Lake District, has always drawn people for holidays: its lakes, hills and mountains appealing to walkers and climbers; its rich heritage of interest to many, from stately homes and castles to Roman forts and prehistoric stone circles; and its beauty an inspiration to all, whatever the weather.
Here in the North Lakes, that unspoilt feel, so special to anyone living in a town or city, has been proudly retained. Here you can walk for hours without seeing another soul, and if you find yourself stuck in traffic, you can be sure there is a tractor up ahead!
Overwater Hall's extensive grounds offer a host of opportunities for enjoying the local wildlife, with resident red squirrels being the top attraction. Deer and rabbits are amongst the less unusual visitors, whilst hotel guests delight in watching the feeding antics of the delicately coloured Nuthatch, or the more vibrant Greater Spotted Woodpecker. In fact, the Hall has often been described as a bird watcher's paradise, and if you visit between April and August you might even catch site of one of Cumbria's nesting Ospreys flying overhead on its way to fish at Overwater Tarn. To be sure of seeing these magnificent birds, visit the official Osprey viewpoint at Dodd Wood, just 3 miles from the hotel.
Good to know
- Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
- Hotel check-out time: 12:00 PM
Plenty of free parking
The ground floor garden room is perfect for mobility impaired guests. Call the OPL team on 0845 287 1007 for further assistance
The hotel does not have a lift.
History of the hotel
The name of the present building has changed over the years since it was built. Originally it was called Whitefield House, but in the early part of the last century its name changed to Overwater Hall. In the 1950s it reverted back to the former name, and a decade later it became Overwater Hall once more. “Overwater" refers to the tarn which lies some 500 yards to the northeast.
Children are welcome. There are several rooms large enough to take an extra bed, and the hotel has a cot, a high chair and a baby monitor for guests' use. Please note that children under the age of five are not permitted in the restaurant in the evenings, but a high tea can be arranged earlier in the day if required.
Dog owners will be delighted to know that well-behaved dogs are genuinely welcome to stay at Overwater Hall at no extra charge.
Dogs are welcome in bedrooms and in one of the hotel's lounges and bar – no dogs on chairs, though, please!
Cumbria is a walker's paradise at any time of the year, with its spectacular scenery, fells, lakes and gardens, and for all of these reasons, your dog will love it, too.
And there is no reason to even venture beyond the grounds of the hotel with its 18 acres, including our lovely woodland boardwalk.
Overwater Hall is perfect for dogs, on or off the leash.
A dog sitting service can be arranged for one of those rainy days when your four legged friend might not be welcome in that museum or art gallery which you have always wanted to visit.
Overwater is not just about the hotel. Boasting 18 acres of solitude, our guests can enjoy formal gardens where gravel pathways and outdoor seating encourage you to linger longer; and the impressive boardwalk that snakes off through nursery woodland is hugely popular.
The Rooms at Overwater Hall
Each of the eleven tastefully furnished and decorated bedrooms is different, but all are equipped to the same exacting high standard. The Garden Room and Superior Rooms have the edge, space-wise, and also enjoy wonderful fell views. Rooms One, Seven and Ten are that bit smaller - yet still large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed, two comfortable chairs and a coffee table. These rooms look out over the gardens. All eleven en suite bathrooms are luxuriously appointed with large double-ended baths and separate shower units. You are sure to appreciate the finishing touches in all of the rooms, too: fresh fruit and flowers, mineral water, fresh milk on the hot drinks tray, fluffy bathrobes and designer toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames. The beds are topped with duvets wrapped in luxurious Egyptian Cotton covers - if you prefer more traditional sheets and blankets just let the hotel know. For those mixing business with pleasure, free and unrestricted WiFi access is now available in all rooms, and Ipod docking stations are built into the televisions.
GOLD WINNER OF THE TASTE OF ENGLAND AWARD, VISIT ENGLAND AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 2013
The food really is excellent, as the hotel's many regular guests, resident and non-resident, will affirm, and this excellence has now been recognised nationally by VisitEngland in 2013.
We are open daily for Morning Coffee; Afternoon Tea is served every day except Mondays and dinner is served every evening from 7pm, with last orders being taken at 8.30pm. Please call in any time for coffee but we would ask that you book for all other occasions!
Your hosts ask that a smart-casual dress code be followed in the evening, which they hope will enhance the enjoyment of your meal.
From 7 pm - last orders at 8.15 pm
Served Tuesday - Sunday
Between 3pm - 4:30pm
Overwater Hall Location
Map & Directions
Plenty of free parking
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Location & Local Attractions
For the more adventurous, a visit to Whinlatter Forest Park has it all: walking trails, cycle routes, a children's 'Wild Play' area, and between April and August the ospreys can be viewed on their nest via a live web cam feed in the Visitors' Centre.
If shopping is more your thing, Keswick is home to every outdoor shop you could ever hope to browse, along with numerous independent shops and galleries selling lovely gifts, art, crafts and perfumery. There is also a market here every Thursday and Saturday.
Cockermouth is another well stocked market town, boasting several antique shops and a lovely delicatessen.
Overwater Hall Reviews
- 3 reviews
- Member since 2016
Ireby, Cumbria, CA7 1HH
This is a wonderful, dog friendly hotel where we have stayed several times before. It is one of our favourites and this time it was better than ever. The car had hardly stopped when someone came out to welcome us and ask if we would like help with our luggage. We were served tea and shortbread in the garden as soon as we were ready. The grounds are great with extensive lawns and woods for our two Labradors to explore. The food in the restaurant is out of this world with impeccable service. Breakfast was impeccable with personal service rather than a buffet. The room was spacious and comfortable with large fluffy towels provided in the bathroom that included a bath and separate shower. The view from the window was glorious. Could not have been better and a lovely way to end our holiday and celebrate our 36th Wedding Anniversary just a touch early.
Relaxing break. Superb Menu
Excellent dog friendly hotel