Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

‘They just keep making it better every year,’ writes a trusted correspondent, of this luxurious country house hotel in Lakeland countryside. More

Contact details

Crook Road
LA23 3NE
015394 88818

Hotel information


31. 6 in orchard wing, 
5 in spa lodges in grounds, 6 in Lake House (½ mile from main house), 
1 room suitable for disabled.


all year.


Gilpin Hotel: bar, lounge, 2 restaurants, gardens, 22-acre grounds; Lake House: lounge, conservatory, spa (20-metre heated swimming pool), 100-acre grounds; free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence.

Background music

in restaurants.


not under 7.


allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


per room B&B from £275, D,B&B from £365. Set dinner £70, tasting menu (HRiSHi) £90.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘They just keep making it better every year,’ writes a trusted correspondent, of this luxurious country house hotel in Lakeland countryside. It is 30 years since the Cunliffe family opened what was a modest B&B, and they have never stopped innovating. ‘The decor is creative, from the wonderfully restful sitting room to the second restaurant, Gilpin Spice, in three rooms, each with modern Asian style.’ Accommodation ranges from bedrooms in the Edwardian main house, to spa lodges with outdoor hot tub, and open-plan garden suites with a lounge, feature fireplace, decked garden and hot tub. Lake House, a satellite operation, is fully staffed, with a residents’ lounge, a spa, and chauffeured lifts to home base. Chef Hrishikesh Desai holds a Michelin star for his ‘excellent modern British cooking’ in HRisHi restaurant, perhaps roast Cartmel valley venison, glazed dumpling, beetroot Tatin, savoy cabbage, caramelised hazelnuts, blackberry jus. Gilpin Spice serves less expensive, more exotic fare. ‘The very different food shows his versatility.’ The extensive grounds include a llama paddock. Staff ‘could not be nicer’. ‘It really is quite exceptional.’ (Stephanie Thompson, JC, and others)

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Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
Crook Road
LA23 3NE

Guest comments

'Each year we return to Gilpen Lodge - sometimes twice a year. Nothing compares; they have the special touch. The nicest thing is that they reinvent themselves constantly and have rooms for all ages, from traditional to spa lodges. Staff can not be nicer. ' - Joan Campbell - January, 2017
'A nice feel to the place from the start. High marks on the basis that they are clearly intent in providing what their guests want rather than they want their guests. A good example of the quotation in frontispiece of the Guide: 'A good hotel is where the guest comes first.' ' - Peter Govier - October, 2015
'This is the best-run small hotel we have ever stayed at. They exercise extreme thoughtfulness in making their guests happy. The rooms are always made up when one returns from breakfast,and again after dinner. There are fresh flowers each day. The service at the restaurant is extremely attentive but not formal or stiff. The food is very good. Some of the dishes are Michelin star standard. ' - Prof Wolfgang Stroebe - October, 2015
'As usual, a most comfortable and enjoyable stay. The bedroom had everything you need,and of a high standard. The lounge we s very comfortable but with so many cushions. I have to use a wheelchair, and everyone was most helpful. The food was fancier than before but they made simpler dishes for me. The waiting staff were most professional. ' - Susan Raymond - May, 2014

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide