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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Our second visit and equally impressed by the staff and their willingness to make your stay the best it can be - hotel beautiful and food excellent - cant wait to return

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

We stayed 4 days at the Gilpin Lodge after reading it was voted the "Best Small Hotel" by the Daily Telegraph. We had stayed in many R&C hotels and this has to be one of the best. Our room faced the gardens and very peaceful. Home made biscuits were left each day to have with your coffee/tea and fresh iced water left in your room, which also was a lovely and refreshing thought.

The service from arriving to leaving was impeccable and the staff could not do enough to make our stay welcoming. The breakfasts were amazing and kept us going all day to do our travels. A previous reviewer who suggested taking your own tomato ketchup, don't bother, the chef makes his own and it is better than Heinz any day!

The dinners were devine, very generous, spread out over 5 courses which we could not fault. The chef and his staff need congratulating. Yes, we have eaten at Michelin restaurants and would consider this to be of an equal.

Thank you Gilpin for being you and hopefully see you next year.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank cambridgetravller
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

Booked one night (wish it had been longer) at this fantastic hotel for our 20th wedding anniversary. Stayed in one of the fabulous garden suites with outdoor hot tub which was lovely and relaxing. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was second to none. After reading other comments from previous guests I was expecting very small portions and to perhaps be still feeling hungry after the meal BUT not at all. The food was exceptional and the service was first class. I would agree with other guests that some background music would have been nice but only because you could hear everyone elses conversation in the room so it would have been a little more private.
We loved the personal touches from the staff such as an anniversary card left for us on the bed and the message from the chef sent to our table written in chocolate on a plate with a sparkling champagne bottle candle! Very nice touch! Overall first class and would definitely return and recommend to anyone. The other welcome change is that there are no weddings held here so no discos or loud and rowdy guests. Fab!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Claire7575
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

The Gilpin Lodge is a wonderful hotel, my husband and I have stayed many times. Friendly, efficient, and comfortable with excellent food. This trip was a poignant one as I lost my husband this year and wanted to lay his ashes to rest on a mountain side, in the Lake District his favourite climbing place. The Gilpin found me the perfect guide - one of their own staff Jess West. The day was difficult but I was totally supported and cared for by Jess, an exceptional young woman. She knows the Lake District well and had researched the tough walk up to Fairfield Horseshoe Summit - an excellent guide. Typical of all the staff at Gilpin, this is not just a hotel but a safe haven in any circumstance. Thank you all and I will look forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Thank ElizabethBeetham
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

Gilpin Lodge is an absolute gem of a place, a genuine oasis of refined hospitality. Everyone is clearly giving 110 % effort and consequently the place runs as smoothly as a Rolex watch.This outstanding effort has been awarded recently with the Visit England Award of 'Small Hotel of the Year 2010'. Also it has won North West Tourism 'Hotel of the Year 2009' and is currently rated AA 4 red star with 3 rosettes. Rooms are wonderfully appointed and relaxing. Chef Russell Plowman's food is classy modern British e.g, bar nibbles, 2 prestarters followed by pesto raviolo with ginea fowl in broth, veal 2 ways with baby veg, a pre dessert then mango and chocolate souffle with petite fours to finish, all delicious and perfectly executed: A gourmands dream. Allthough i have to concede that persons of large stature and possibly new to the delicate wonders of fine dining might conclude that the main is some sort of pre main and, to be fair, they may have a point here.Service is allways exemplary and solictious.

However, permit me an entirely subjective, yet hopefully constructive mini critique......

The dining rooms are rather small and for persons of a delicate nature can feel rather claustrophobic, especially the two front parlours. Eating in them can feel stiflingly sepulchral at times and can make private conversation rather awkward.This problem could be assuaged by the introduction of some tasteful, well chosen, very low level mood music to assist the atmosphere.Perhaps the Gilpin baby grand could be exercised occasionally ?(note to management: try advertising in The Stage for a richard clyderman soundalike willing to take a p/t residency in a luxury hotel).

Sadly, I also observed several builder type characters shuffling about in jeans and sporting hanging out shirts at dinner time. Now ,this may pass for 'smart casual wear' at a Rochdale working mans club post christmas doo punch up, but never at a Relais&Chateaux hotel. Note to management: please enforce the dress code-blue jeans are not acceptable! Note to working class ladies thinking of staying here: If the above describes your partner ,please buy him some trousers before arrival and teach him how to tuck is shirt into them, as such displays are highly disrespecful.

Finally, now that the Lake House project is finished, perhaps Ben and his team can refocus on Gilpin and think about providing the place with what it needs most in the long term i.e A Grand Dining Room. Extending the conservatory's footprint by two and half times should be sufficient, oh and can he build a hair salon for my other half lol -then it would indeed be perfect................

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank mrmoon_8
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