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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Writing this after recently returning for a 2 day break in the Lake House for our 1st anniversary and having read some of the slightly negative reviews below, I can only assume that some people have no idea what they are on about.

We arrived to a warm welcome at the hotel, pleasant and professional and were shown through to the lounge/bar area where we had lunch as our Lake house room wasn't available until 2pm. Had a lovely lunch and then we're shown to the lake house, Peter welcomed us and had all his notes on us to hand, sorted our bags and valet parked my car.

We had the room by the name of Maud which was wonderfully decorated to a very high standard and the views over the lake were incredible. Lovely homemade products and selection of magazines etc.

The Lake house is stunning, my advice would be to stay there if you can, the place is stunning and you feel like a lottery winner, Peter is at your every beck and call, buzzers are everywhere should you need someone (we don't have time to wait an hour like some people below) and the idea is that you treat it like your own house. Only a maximum of 12 guests will be there at any time so it's never crowded and gives it the exclusive feel.

We then did our jetty spa trail, 3 hours of aromatherapy, designing your own blend, spa and swim, massage, afternoon tea in the boathouse and finished with champagne in the hot tub overlooking the lake. Very cleverly done and you never feel like anyone else is doing it too. If you go to the lake house, you practically get your own lake..

Food throughout was out of this world, my advice go for the table d'hôte menu which allows you to choose, I had the rabbit terrine, smoked pork with caramelised apple and finished with a deconstructed 'snickers' dessert, fantastic and the butter with pork scratching bits on top is inspired and very naughty.

My wife had venison to start and duck for main with the 'Malibu' bavarois dessert which looked and tasted fabulous. Service was great and ended in the lounge for coffees and hand made petit fours.

Special mention goes to Peter and Kelly from the management and lake house team who did everything we asked and more, my wife casually mentioned she liked Hello magazine once and the next minute, one was delivered to our room.

The final day the breakfast was out of this world. Salmon fillet wrapped around beautifully cooked scrambled eggs, black pudding and potato rosti, porridge with caramelised bananas and the hot chocolate was fab, we are outside in the sunshine and overlooked the lake.

Attention to the little things is key and for us, it was perfect.

The main thing I can say to summarise is that despite us travelling the world and staying in some lovely places, my wife said it was the best one night break experience she had ever had, which is a big shout...but I agree!!

Thanks to all the team and we will be back without hesitation..

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Without doubt this is the friendliest most relaxing hotel you will ever find; a little gem. When you add some of the best meals you will ever eat along with comfortable rooms and luxurious baths and showers this was one to remember and return to.

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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2014

What a brilliant review, thank you very much indeed. Glad you had a wonderful stay with us and we will look forward to welcoming you back.

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

2nd visit as a guest of friends staying at the hotel. Excellent service and excellent food. Faultless evening and a pleasure to visit. Thank you once again and hopefully see you all again. Recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2014

It was lovely welcoming you back to the Gilpin and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We will definitely look forward to welcoming you back for your third visit!

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Reviewed April 26, 2014

A truly magical get away!

Whether it's romance, exploring or just relaxing, I could not recommend the Gilpin more.

We stayed in the Cat Bells, Garden Suite and then in Haystack another Garden Suite, both of which were absolutely beautiful! Rooms carefully designed, meticulous to detail, all filled with so much unique character depending upon the suite!!

All of the staff were friendly from as soon as we arrived! I felt really welcome. There was a great atmosphere throughout. Very homely.

During our stay we dined a the restaurant which was absolutely divine!! ...However (just incase you were wondering), please do not mistake this venue as pretentious, for I was often in my Hunters and/or Barbour, and did not receive a frown!

As this is a review, the only problem we head was getting there, or rather finding the place...and so we did have to stop off at a nearby hotel and rather cheekily ask for directions (something we were informed happens quite often). However, good things take time as they say, and the Gilpin was out of this world! :)

I would love nothing more to return again, ideally for a honeymoon! ** I hope he doesn't read this, I'm jumping the gun a little, but here's to wishful thinking! and if he does, take the hint <3 :)**

I have not and still cannot stop singing this place's praises!!!

I guess the title of my review says it all: Magical!

Room Tip: From our stay and as a one off treat, The Garden Suites are well worth it!! Even if you go once, do...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Love the title of this review, thank you very much! We are so pleased you had a fantastic stay with us and were able to experience two of our lovely Garden Suites. We get a lot of guests coming to stay on minimoons and honeymoons so we hope to see you in the future.

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Perfect,everything we needed for a lovely 2 night stay.food delicious,would recommend and definitely go back,we went with another couple and their children,we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.Maybe just go as a couple the next time as it was very romantic.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review about your recent stay with us. It is lovely to read that you had an excellent time and we will definitely look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Reviewed April 20, 2014

I am writing this review whilst still staying at the Lake House. This place is very, very special and for the truly discerning guest who appreciates discrete luxury, exceptional service and outstanding food. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble for the staff who are more like silent ninjas working tirelessly to ensure everything is perfect. We checked in after a 7 hour drive, our car was parked and we were offered a drink before going down to the Lake House. Our room ( Maud) is huge, extremely well equipped and very comfortable, large shower, great complimentary spa products and has a beautiful skylight. The house itself is like something one dreams of buying in the event of a lottery win! The pool is warm, the hot tub has magnificent views over the lake, the jetty spa is breathtaking and the boat house the cutest little place imaginable. Buzzers are everywhere to attract staff attention and you can truly have anything you desire, whenever you ask, wherever you ask. The facilities are top notch, nothing is tired or broken, run down or in need of repair. The food is to die for, breakfast is outstanding (you won't need lunch) and my husband said the chateau briand was the best steak he'd ever eaten (and he's certainly scoffed some steaks all over the world). These people know what they are doing and whilst we have been privileged to stay in some great hotels in our time, I simply do not believe you can get better than this in such a relaxed, happy environment. You can even spot the odd rock star if you look hard enough and even they are friendly! o)

We will most certainly return and thanks to the staff for a really memorable stay

Richard and Jane Ingram.

Room Tip: Go for the Lake House if you want true indulgance.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2014

Thank you very very much for your fantastic review and for choosing Gilpin Hotel to spend your Easter Break. We are all so pleased that you had a wonderful stay with us at the Lake House and will definitely look forward to welcoming you both back.

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Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We've just returned from a fantastic weekend at the Lake House, chosen as the venue to celebrate a family member's 80th birthday.
It was absolutely ideal as we were able to secure exclusive use of the facility. The staff were pleasant and friendly making every effort to fulfil all of our requirements.
We had children in our party and the swimming pool, gardens and range of games provided meant they had plenty of choices to keep them entertained.
The lounge, dining area and bedrooms were immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. We really did feel spoiled by the luxurious surroundings and the idyllic location; the view from practically every window is stunning.
We enjoyed two set evening meals which were planned and discussed in advance following suggestions from the chef. The food was excellent and the hotel staff managed to get the balance just right in terms of service and interaction with guests.
It is difficult to find fault with our holiday at The Lake House as clearly attention to detail is high on the agenda for the owners of the hotel. We really had a great time, will probably return, and would recommend a stay at The Lake House to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing Gilpin Lake House to celebrate a family member’s special Birthday. We are so pleased you all had an excellent time and thank you once again for your review.

Do come back and see us again soon!

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Barney & Zoe Cunliffe

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Additional Information about Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

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 Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Windermere
#1 Spa Hotel in Windermere
#3 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#4 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range: $299 - $479 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Gilpin Hotel & Lake House 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of Gilpin is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating lasting memories for their guests, who return time and again for celebrations and escapes. Warmth and friendliness are balanced with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences. This five star hotel comprises two separate estates in the beautiful Lake District, with a luxury country house on each. At Gilpin Hotel all of the 25 bedrooms have lovely Lakeland views, most leading directly onto the gardens - including six Garden Suites with their own cedarwood hot tubs, and five fabulous detached Spa Lodges. The Spa Lodges were added in 2016, and are cedar-clad with king size beds, gorgeous bathrooms and a fabulously private en-suite spa each, with a convertible treatment area, steam room, rain maker shower, free standing oval stone bath, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub surrounded by a walled garden. Add this to the mood lighting, fires, electric blinds and a state-of-the-art music system, and all of the senses are invigorated. Just a mile away at Gilpin Lake House, six gorgeous rooms share a fully staffed boutique hotel with a heated indoor swimming pool (for Lake House guests only), outdoor hot tubs and saunas, and exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds with a stunningly beautiful private lake. Our chauffeurs bring you to the hotel in the evening to dine. Dine in either the Michelin starred main restaurant, 'Hrishi', where Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours with just a twist of Asia, or in 'Gilpin Spice' a new informal restaurant transcending international boundaries, with an open kitchen focussing on dishes from the spice trail spanning the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. ... more   less 
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Gilpin Hotel Windermere
Gilpin Lodge Windermere
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere, Lake District

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