31. 6 in orchard wing, 5 in spa lodges in grounds, 6 in Lake House (½ mile from main house).
bar, 2 lounges, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 22-acre grounds (ponds, croquet), spa for Lake House residents (treatment rooms, salt snug, hot tubs, 20-metre heated pool), free access to nearby country club, golf course opposite, unsuitable for disabled.
in dining rooms at mealtimes.
not under 7.
allowed in 2 bedrooms (£30 a night), not in public rooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B from £255, D,B&B from £334. Set dinner £58. 1-night bookings refused weekends, bank holidays.
VisitEngland Five Star Country House Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Our favourite small hotel – simply the best run we’ve ever stayed at.’ The Cunliffe family’s ‘great’ country house hotel continues to please Guide readers. ‘Family run, it makes for a personal, amiable experience.’ Visitors praise the ‘friendly, attentive’ staff and the ‘thoughtfulness they exercise in making their guests happy’. ‘They’re clearly intent on providing what guests want, rather than what they want them to have.’ Sit in the elegant lounge (books, magazines, plump sofas); wander in the ‘lovely’ grounds (Victorian flower gardens, ancient trees, llama paddock). Most of the ‘well-equipped’ bedrooms are in the Edwardian main house; others are at the Lake House, which has its own spa, lake and boathouse. In 2016, five cedar-clad spa lodges sprang up in the grounds, with private treatment areas and views, from outdoor hot tubs, of the Lake District moors. Await evening: chef Hrishikesh Desai’s modern menus are ‘superb’ and this has been recognised this year with a Michelin star. ‘The turbot with shrimps and artichokes was the nicest meal we’d had in a long time.’ ‘An absolute joy.’ Aa new Asian restaurant, Gilpin Spice, opened in late 2016. (Wolfgang Stroebe, Christopher Harris, Peter Govier). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
Indulgence Afternoon Offer
The Jetty Spa trail (worth £300) is just £200 when booking D,B&B at Gilpin Lake House. An afternoon of pure relaxation and indulgence for two, includes an aroma consultation, a swim in the lakeside pool, home-made fruit iced frappé in the salt snug, salt shower, and aromatherapy massage. Champagne in the Hot Tub with stunning views. Aromatherapy spa products to take home. Available Sun-Thur. Subject to limited availability.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
The largest natural mere (long, thin lake) in England.
An 18-hole course, founded in 1891.
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.