Gilpin Hotel

‘Our favourite small hotel – simply the best run we’ve ever stayed at. More

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Gilpin Hotel
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).


all year.


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.

Background music

in dining rooms at mealtimes.


not under 7.


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

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B from £255, D,B&B from £334. Set dinner £58. 1-night bookings refused weekends, bank holidays.

Other reviews

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.

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Special offers

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.

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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.

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Gilpin Hotel
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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