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“Fantastic - just treat yourself!” 5 of 5 stars
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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NE, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Windermere
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic - just treat yourself!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Strathblane, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

My wife and I always enjoy a Spring Break in the Lake District, usually at Grasmere. As a suprise for gift for our 41st. Wedding Anniversary one of our sons booked us a night at Gilpin Hotel. Our booking confirmation came with a DVD which greatly impressed us. We'd never been before. On arriving we were impressed by all the recent awards Gilpin had received from prestigious associations. A warm, welcoming coal fire was replicatated by the staff. We were shown to our room to find we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite.
The room was perfect. A Lounge area, King sized bed, and an En-Suite fully equipped with Moulton Brown products.
Prior to Dinner we had a lovely G&T while studying the Menu. I am a conservative diner and some dishes did not appeal initially. I've never eated Beetroot because I don't like it but I thought, as it was part of one of the choices, give it a try.
The Sea Bass was delicious, a small serving, as were some other courses, but at the end of the night, I had had one of the best meals I've ever had.
Breakfast was equally good and were sorry to leave. Staff and attention to detail 5*, food 5*, comfort and luxury 5*.
We've been lucky to have gone to other similar types of Hotels but this really ticked all the boxes.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night as late Valentine's break and loved every minute.
The staff were brilliant, very friendly and attentive throughout our stay.
The food exceeded our expectations and we had a really great relaxing night.
We stayed in a junior suite which had a nice garden view. The room was well furnished and very comfortable.
We often visit the lakes for a weekend break at different hotels but this was the only one we felt we would really like to go back to.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have just returned from one very special night at gilpin lodge hotel . The ambience , room which was an uograde and the most beautiful food were truly outstanding . All the team were so friendly and helpful . The suite was beautiful and we will be booking again for my partners birthday in june .
Many thanks

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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72 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

One night break from the children in a lodge room with jacuzzi is just the ticket for winding down.
We had an excellent dinner and and finished the evening with a drink in the bar. Highly recommended for great service and food as breakfast was great also. Whole place immaculate.
Relais & Chateaux at their best

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I decided to take my girlfriend away for a romantic weekend, we were considering going abroad, but she decided that she wanted to visit the Lake District. To be honest I let her do the majority of the research, and she sent me various links to different hotels, which included the Gilpin, although she certainly didn’t expect me to proceed and book it.

We arrived on Friday 5th April and stayed in a garden suite; Cat Bells. Our initial expectations were blown out of the water, the ambience of the hotel, and the warm hospitality of the staff were simply exceptional. The suite was magnificent, and extremely comfortable. I had arranged prior to check in; for a bouquet of flowers to be in the room for my girlfriend, and they were lovely.

The food was spectacular both in the evening and for breakfast. I found the wine list extensive and reasonably priced.

Following our evening meal, we returned to the suite and had a bottle of champagne which was waiting for us by the private hot tub, which I had again arranged prior to check in. It completed what had been a wonderful day.

Our overall experience was out of this world, it was certainly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and it deserves every accolade it has been awarded. The staff were extremely professional, whilst making you feel at home throughout your stay... nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.

My girlfriend and I will most certainly be returning in a few months, and we have both agreed that we would stay in the same garden suite again. We would not want to stay in any other hotel in the area having had this wonderful experience.

It was worth EVERY penny!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Deflation is the only feeling felt when the wrought iron gates of the Lake House closed behind us on our departure. The Gilpin Lake House is slimpy the best hotel we have had the pleasure to stay at. From our arrival slightly earlier than planned we were welcomed into the splendour that is the Lake House by attentive staff who are a credit to the establishment. Everything you want, need or even not thought of is available to you. To Renato, Heather, Sarah, Richard, Sue, Dave, Jo and Rowen thank you for the best weekend ever. I can only apologise if there are any names I have forgotten in my haste to write this review. It is no surprise that other guests were on their 7th return trip, it is truly heaven on earth, and we will be back.

Room Tip: Any although for the best wi-fi according to the staff choose Gertie
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#3 Family Hotel in Windermere
#5 Business Hotel in Windermere
#5 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gilpin Hotel & Lake House 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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

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