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..
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gilpin Hotel And Lake House
- Gilpin Hotel Windermere
- Gilpin Lodge Windermere
- Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere, Lake District