Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Windermere, Cumbria

‘Nothing compares’ with the Cunliffes’ 'really special' country house hotel and its glamorous satellite, Lake House, with spa, half a mile away. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Nothing compares’ with the Cunliffes’ ‘really special’ country house hotel and its glamorous satellite, Lake House, with spa, half a mile away. Begun in 1988, it is a family operation, with its own ‘very creative’ in-house architects, Ben and Rachael, overseeing constant additions, such as the single-storey junior suites – large, light-washed rooms with a patio, spa bath and walk-in shower. Even the cheapest classic rooms are spacious, with a lovely bathroom. Garden suites have a feature fireplace, decked gardens, a hot tub, while each of the detached cedar-clad spa lodges has a fresh contemporary style, and a treatment area, steam room, outdoor sauna, hydrotherapy tub and walled garden. All have Lakeland views. ‘They have rooms for all ages’ and food for differing tastes. In HRiSHi restaurant, Michelin-starred Hrishikesh Desai cooks such modern British dishes as rolled braised belly of Huntsham Farm pork with five-spice sauce, while in the cheaper, ‘funky, very modern Asian’ Gilpin Spice, tapas-style pan-Asian dishes include Thai green curry of Morecambe seafood, Herdwick lamb with nizami masala. ‘It’s expensive but has a great reputation.’ (ST, and others)

Hotel details


Crook Road
LA23 3NE


015394 88818


31. 6 in orchard wing, 5 in spa lodges, 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 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

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B £285–£635, D,B&B £375–£725. Set dinner £70, tasting menu (HRiSHi) £90, (Gilpin Spice) £40.

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