Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

César award in 2000

'As always, a perfect stay: it might have become more glitzy as it has expanded, but it remains our favourite, a gold standard for small luxury hotels.' Praise from a trusted reporter this year, returning to the Cunliffe family's country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux). It is run by Barney and Zoë Cunliffe, and his parents, John and Christine. The Edwardian building has extensive grounds with terrace, pond, waterfall, croquet lawn. 'Our suite had a door to the garden, a nice sitting area; fresh milk in the fridge for the tea- and coffee-making facilities.' Another comment: 'Such luxury; our room was well furnished, with a large sofa, easy chairs and a dressing table; our only problem was the lack of storage, virtually no drawer space; an enormous bathroom.' There is a new chef this year, Dan Grigg. 'His cooking was quite rich but he would make alterations, which was most helpful.' A typical dish: taste of Herdwick mutton (shoulder, rib, suet), tomato essence, swede. 'The young staff seemed to enjoy what they were doing.' Breakfast is 'excellent'. (Wolfgang Stroebe, Sue Raymond)

  • A super, family-run hotel. We had a wonderful ten days of pampering. Our room was large and airy. Plenty of storage. Lovely ensuite bathroom. At dinner, the menu was fabulous, food a bit rich for us but the chef would adapt and make something simpler. The staff were quietly efficient, friendly and helpful without being over familiar. We appreciated the fact that dogs are not allowed, also no children under seven, and NO MUSIC.

    Susan Raymond, 02/06/2013

  • As always a perfect stay. Our room was lovely, the dinners were excellent. The place has become more glitzy but it is still great.

    Wolfgang Stroebe, 14/07/2012

  • It insists on the highest quality in all that it seeks to do. Staff are highly trained. Cooking of a high order. First-rate sommelier. Excellent breakfast. Barney Cunliffe is doing a good job.

    Robert Gower, 03/04/2012

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Local attractions

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
Windermere Lake Cruises
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.
Lake Windermere
The largest natural mere (long, thin lake) in England.
Windermere Golf Club
An 18-hole course, founded in 1891.

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Contact Details

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Crook Road, nr Windermere WINDERMERE Cumbria England LA23 3NE

Telephone

015394 88818

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

26, 6 in orchard wing, 6 in Lake House (1/2 mile from main house).

Open

all year.

Facilities

ramps, bar, 2 lounges, 4 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, 22-acre grounds (ponds, croquet), free access to nearby country club, golf course opposite, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

not allowed (kennels at nearby farm).

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2013] per person B&B £128-£258, D,B&B £40 added. Set dinner £58.50. 1-night bookings refused Sat.