Taken here for a surprise 2 night break by my wife for my 50th birthday and loved every minute of it. Didn't know where we were going so initial check in was a little unnerving in the oldest part of the hotel with reception being a tiny room under the stairs. However from then on you are guided through beautiful old dining rooms merging into cosy lounges, a contemporary conservatory breakfast room and then a jazzy Champagne Bar that wouldn't look out of place in London. All blend seamlessly together and are a credit to the good taste of the family owners.
This however was nothing compared to being shown into our garden suite 'Sergeant Man', an opulently furnished ultra modern high ceiling suite with a magnificent bathroom and great, completely private outside patio with deep hot tub. We were lucky to have 2 very sunny if breezy days and the patio kept the sun all afternoon & evening and the hot tub was sheltered behind a wall so we could sit out without any problems (it might not be as sunny in the summer as overhung by a lot of tall trees)
Food on both nights in the restaurant was beautifully presented and served in an attentive but very friendly way (special thank you to Nick). The starters and mains were excellent and the 'fish & chips' amuse bouche was out of this world but the deserts were a little hit and miss in direct comparison. Breakfast was also magnificent and bettered the Michelin started L'enclume in our opinion. Yes there is no music in the Restuarant as some reviewers have noted but this made for lots of conversation with all the other diners who all seemed to be enjoying their stay just as much as we did. This conversation continued into the bar with Richard in charge of the bar and wine cellar being a magnificent after dinner host with many a story to tell.
The family run nature of the business is emphasised by Zoe effortlessly mixing with all the guests at Breakfast and dinner and the fact that criticisms in previous trip advisor posts have been acted on. For example Nespresso coffee machines are now in the bedrooms and there is fantastic wifi throughout. As a minor criticism on our part we thought the silk flowers in the bathroom were out of place and unnecessary and the black mould on the outside wall by the hot tub looked terrible in photos (picky but hey!)
Overall we loved this place and having stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world I would rate this as up there with and above the best of them. We are not in the Aston Martin set however so the nightly rate is still eye watering but actually worth every penny for a special treat that will leave you completely chilled out and pampered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly, unpretentious, luxury hotel set in the beautiful Lake District National Park, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House has been family owned and run since 1987. Members of Relais & Chateaux, the Cunliffe family were the proud winners AA 'England Hotel of the Year 2012', English Tourist Board Awards for Excellence 'Small Hotel of the Year 2012', the Catey 'Independent Hotel of the Year 2013', and Condé Nast Johansens 'Most Excellent Country House Hotel of the Year 2013’. When you stay at Gilpin, you’re not just choosing a bedroom, you’re choosing an interior design with fabulous fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings. We have evolved Gilpin Hotel over the last 25 years, spreading out instead of up, so that fourteen of the twenty bedrooms lead directly onto the gardens, many with private decking and cedarwood hot tubs, and all with lovely views. Gilpin Lake House is, put simply, a sanctuary, where just six suites enjoy exclusive access to 100 acres of private grounds, including a stunningly beautiful four-acre private lake, swimming pool and the new Jetty Spa. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the hotel’s stylish bar and wine cellars before dining in one of four intimate dining rooms (complimentary chauffeur provided for Lake House guests). Head Chef Dan Grigg ensures exquisite cuisine in the 3 AA rosette restaurant; the 5-course menu has plenty of choice and is a celebration of some of the finest Lake District produce and West Coast seafood. For Lake House guests, the Swedish style spa treatment room has been built to blend with the environment, raised 3 metres into the tree canopy, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake. The Jetty Spa Trail is a bespoke Spa Journey designed to gently stimulate and revive the senses. Begin with a consultation to create personalised spa products just for you. Then to the spa for a private swim followed a relaxing salt snug and a reviving salt scrub shower. Through the woods to an aroma massage (and that view), followed by green tea and appetisers on the jetty. To top it off? Champagne in the hot tub, and bespoke spa goodies to take home. The ultimate goal – a deep relaxation that will stay with you for a long time. Quiet, untouched, and devoid of traffic or people the setting instils a sense of peace and calm. There are no weddings, conferences or children under seven to disturb the peace at Gilpin, just warm smiles, fresh flowers, and friendly, unpretentious service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gilpin Hotel And Lake House
- Gilpin Hotel Windermere
- Gilpin Lodge Windermere
- Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere, Lake District