Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Windermere, Cumbria

With its indulgent bedrooms, Michelin-starred dining, attentive staff and guaranteed privacy, many look to Gilpin as the ultimate in Lakeland luxury. More

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With its indulgent bedrooms, Michelin-starred dining, attentive staff and guaranteed privacy, Gilpin is considered by many to be the ultimate in Lakeland luxury. Its flagship rooms are extravagantly large glass-cube spa suites that extend over a pond and offer private garden, spa room and circular bath. Elsewhere in the wooded grounds are smaller cedar-clad spa lodges and Scandi-style garden suites with hot tub and sauna. Choose the main Edwardian building for smart country house rooms. For more traditional rooms that are full of charm, opt for the lodge on a nearby estate; guests in the latter share an indoor pool and woodland spa. Dining, too, offers choices: Michelin-starred HRiSHi features Modern British cuisine with an Asian twist, such as vanilla-poached trout with sweet and sour beetroot, while Gilpin Spice has Pan-Asian small and large plates. There’s a vast sitting room plump with sofas, a modern cocktail bar plus a peaceful sheltered terrace. Gilpin is different, say readers, because of its long ownership by the Cunliffe family who ‘just keep making it better every year’. A member of Relais & Châteaux.

Hotel details


Crook Road
LA23 3NE


01539 488818


36. 6 garden suites, 10 spa lodges/suites, 6 in Lake House, 
1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


Gilpin Hotel: bar, lounge, 2 restaurants (vegetarian menu), patio, 22-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet. Lake House: lounge, conservatory, spa (pool), 100-acre grounds; in-room TV, civil wedding licence, EV charging (spa suites).

Background music

in restaurants.


no under-7s, extra bed £70.


allowed in 2 bedrooms (£30 per night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £255, singles from £210. Set dinner £75, tasting menu £95 (HRiSHi), à la carte £35 (Gilpin Spice). Min. 2-night stay at weekends.

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Comments about Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

I wouldn’t recommend. Drab room and over priced - Lynn Middleton - August 2020
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

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