Holbeck Ghyll

‘An enjoyable experience’, Stephen and Lisa Leahy’s ivy-covered Arts and Crafts house has a ‘friendly, relaxed’ atmosphere. ‘It doesn’t feel formal or stuffy in the slightest,’ say guests who enjoyed ‘a peaceful stay’ this year. ‘The public rooms couldn’t be cosier: there are roaring fires, comfortable furniture arranged around lamps, and staff on hand to bring you drinks.’ ‘Very pleasant’ bedrooms are in the main house, a lodge, and cottages in the grounds. ‘Our attractive Lodge room had a stunning view over Lake Windermere. There was a large bed with lovely, plump pillows, two armchairs by the windows; up a winding staircase, a mezzanine level had a sofa and TV. A hot-water bottle was put in the bed at turn-down – a most welcome touch.’ In the elegant dining room, chef David McLaughlin’s modern menu divides opinions: one visitor found a scallop dish ‘fresh and tasty, but not particularly inventive’; a guest in 2015 thought the food ‘very good’. Breakfast, with a ‘nice buffet’ of fruit, cereals and croissants, is served in a ‘stunning’ oak-panelled room. (Bill and Anna Brewer, and others). Holbeck Ghyll is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • We were last at this hotel some 18 years ago, so we were interested to see how it had changed. Relaxation and walking beckonned. We had a smart, very comfortable and new suite (Buttermere). Staff are all excellent except for one slightly brusque waiter. Dinner was excellent and deserves the Michellin Star. Our only gripe is that, owing to expansion, space in the public rooms is very limited, which makes for tables close together in the restuarant and crowded lounge areas for pre-dinner drinks.

    David Young, 06/05/2014

  • We have been dining/staying at Holbeck Ghyll for some 15 years or so now and have nothing but praise for the way everyone is so welcoming and intent on making our stay seem special, which it always is. Attention to detail is always paramount and the chef and kitchen work wonders with the food.

    Rosemary Garner, 04/03/2013

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Lake Windermere
The largest natural mere (long, thin lake) in England.
In the village of Grasmere, you're centrally situated for taking on the craggy peaks of Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and the Langdale Pike.

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Contact Details

Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Lane WINDERMERE Cumbria England LA23 1LU


015394 32375

Further Information


29. 1 suitable for disabled, 13, including 3 suites, outside the main house, plus 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom cottages.


all year except first two weeks Jan.


ramp, 2 lounges, bar, restaurant, private dining rooms, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, small spa, 17-acre grounds (tennis, putting, croquet, jogging track).

Background music

piano in lounge and restaurant in evening.


all ages welcomed, not under 8 in restaurant.


allowed in lodge rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa (charge for credit card use).


per room B&B from £170, D,B&B from £295. Set dinner £70. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.