Good Hotel Guide Review
With its Michelin-starred dining, attentive staff, and private hot tubs in the majority of its indulgent rooms, 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, which now have access to a spa. About a mile from the main hotel, the Lake House offers six stylish rooms; guests share an indoor pool and woodland spa. Dining, too, offers choices: Michelin-starred Source might feature dishes such as Scottish langoustine, celeriac and black truffle, while Spice features Pan-Asian small and large plates. The Knipe Grill features a playful menu that might include Kentucky fried pheasant. 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.
36. 6 garden suites, 10 spa lodges/suites, 6 in Lake House, 1 suitable for disabled.
Gilpin Hotel: bar, lounge, 2 restaurants (vegetarian menu), patio, 22-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet. Lake House: lounge, conservatory, spa (15m pool), 100-acre grounds; in-room TV, civil wedding licence, EV charging (spa suites).
no under-7s, extra bed £80.
allowed in 2 bedrooms (£30 per night), not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £305, discounts for longer stays. Tasting menu £120, à la carte £40 (Gilpin Spice). Min. 2-night stay at weekends.
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