Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

‘Nothing compares to this special place,’ says a Guide reader in 2017 after a return visit to the Cunliffe family’s glamorous country house hotel. More

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Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
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.


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

Background music

in restaurants.


not under 7.


allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2017] per room B&B from £265, D,B&B from £334. Set dinner £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends and bank holidays.

Other reviews

VisitEngland Five Star Country House Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Nothing compares to this special place,’ says a Guide reader in 2017 after a return visit to the Cunliffe family’s glamorous country house hotel. ‘They reinvent themselves constantly, and the staff couldn’t be nicer.’ Among the choice of accommodation ‘to appeal to all guests’: ‘well-equipped’ bedrooms in the Edwardian house; modern spa lodges in the grounds, with an outdoor hot tub and views of the Lake District moors; open-plan suites in the secluded Lake House that look over the water into peaceful woodland. In the Michelin-starred restaurant, chef Hrishikesh Desai cooks contemporary British-with-a-twist dishes (perhaps chilli-glazed lobster, claw fritters, confit lime and grapefruit). A new, informal dining room serves plates pepped up with Asian spices (tikka masala-marinated grilled whole fish, say). The cooking is thought ‘superb’, though a guest this year wished for larger portions. Bowness is a ten-minute drive away, but there’s plenty in the ‘lovely grounds’ to fill the day, including strolls through the Victorian flower gardens and a peek at the llama paddock. (Joan Campbell, and others). Gilpin Hotel and Lake House is also a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Save £50 in 'HRiSHi' Michelin Restaurant Special Offer

Jul 2018 – 31 Oct 2019. Book the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package directly on the hotel’s website or over the phone and save £50.00 per room on the Table d’hote menu at the Michelin one star restaurant HRiSHi. Only applies to overnight stays and reservations made directly with the hotel.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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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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