Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Windermere, Cumbria

This luxurious country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) offers ‘indulgent’ rooms, Michelin-starred dining, spacious grounds, legions of staff, and ‘comfort in all the right places’. More

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This luxurious country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) offers ‘indulgent’ rooms, Michelin-starred dining, spacious grounds, legions of staff, and ‘comfort in all the right places’. The Cunliffe family, who have owned it since 1988, ‘keep making it better every year’, say fans. In 2020 this means new, extravagantly large spa lodges: bold glass-and-wood affairs with circular bath, private garden and spa. These are in addition to smaller spa lodges overlooking a pond and Scandi-style garden suites, and contemporary rooms in the Edwardian house. Six Lake House rooms, in a former fishing lodge on a 100-acre estate half a mile away, have exclusive access to a 20-metre pool and spa. Dining is a choice between Michelin-starred HRiSHi, which offers Modern British cuisine with an Asian twist, such as Cartmel Valley wild duck with spiced pumpkin chutney, and the ‘funky’ Gilpin Spice with its pan-Asian small and large plates, and more modest prices. Come here to relax in the gardens, the ‘swanky’ bar, the ‘wonderfully restful’ sitting room, or around Lake House’s private woodland and lake. (ST). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

Hotel details

Address

Crook Road
Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3NE
England

Telephone

01539 488818

Bedrooms

36. 6 garden suites, 10 spa lodges, 6 in Lake House (½ mile away), 1 room suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

in restaurants.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £295–£795, D,B&B £385–£885. Set dinner £70, à la carte £35–£75, tasting menus £40–£95. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.

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Comments about Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide