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Holbeck Ghyll

Windermere, Cumbria

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Freephone: 0808 163 9073
Outside the UK: +44 (0) 1666 824666


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About Holbeck Ghyll

With a magnificent view of Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells, Holbeck Ghyll is idyllic in any season, surrounded by the natural beauty of Cumbria. Its Michelin-star restaurant overlooks lake and mountains, as do many bedrooms in the main house and the nearby Lodge. Some of the spacious suites have been designed for families, while the luxurious Miss Potter Suite is perfect for that romantic special occasion - a detached suite with a private terrace and hot tub.

Holbeck Ghyll is ideally situated for exploring the attractions of the breathtaking Lake District. Built in the 19th century, the house was bought as a hunting lodge in 1888 by Lord Lonsdale, then one of the richest men in the country, whose name went down in history when he bequeathed the Lonsdale Belt to boxing. His lodge was set in the incomparable landscape of the Lake District, overlooking one of England's loveliest stretches of water - Windermere.

Relaxation at Holbeck Ghyll can take the form of walking or boating, golf or bird watching... or indulging in a range of facilities and treatments available at the spa.

Need to Know


Check-in at 2.00pm.


Check-out at 11.00am.

Also Worth Knowing

Hotel Awards

  • Michelin Star
  • Four AA Red Stars
  • Three AA Rosettes for Food
  • AA Notable Wine List Award - 2011 - 2012
  • The Good Hotel Guide 2012 - Editor's choice for 'Country House Hotel.'
  • Westmorland Gazette - Tourism and Business awards 'Hotel of the Year' 2011
  • Imbibe's Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year' award 2011 - Finalist
  • Which? Good Food Guide: Wine List of the Year 2009
  • Condé Nast Johansens Taittinger Wine List of the Year 2007

Pet Friendly

Holbeck Ghyll is one of the few luxury Lake District hotels that is pet-friendly and welcomes well-behaved pets in some rooms and the hotel grounds. Dogs even get their very own welcome pack at Holbeck Ghyll. Book a two night short break stay and your dog can stay with you for free.


Recognised as one of the best restaurants in the North, Holbeck Ghyll’s Michelin-Starred fine dining rooms form the focal-point of most visits to this country house hotel. Lunch is served daily, 12.00-2.00pm. There is a choice between a light lunch menu or the a' la carte menu.

Holbeck Ghyll's Champagne Afternoon Tea is available during the week, 2.00-4.30pm. Afternoon Tea can be taken in the lounges, by the inglenook fireplace and a roaring fire, or out on the terrace, with its delightful views of Windermere and the Lake District fells.

The Spa

The Hotel offers a choice of treatments lasting between one and three hours, each of the Lake District Spa breaks includes use of the spa facilities, including the sauna, steam room and relaxation area.

During your spa experience you will be given complimentary slippers and a robe, spa packages are available Sunday-Monday and include an allocation towards lunch.

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Guide price: Double room for two persons per night including full breakfast and Michelin-starred dinner from £320 to £570.


Please note that a surcharge of up to 2% is applied when paying by credit card.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929

Contact Holbeck Ghyll


Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LU


0808 163 9073


01539 432 375


General Manager:

Andrew McPherson


For further information or queries please contact 0808 163 9073


Directions by road

Holbeck Ghyll can be reached in around four hours from London. Take Junction 36 from the M6 motorway (the A591) to Windermere. Continue north for three further miles, then turn right onto Holbeck Lane. The hotel drive is half a mile up this road on the left.

Directions by air

Manchester Airport (MAN): 90 miles.

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Holbeck Ghyll - nearby attractions

Holbeck Ghyll in The Lake District

Holbeck Ghyll, one of the top luxury Lake District hotels, is located between the lakeside towns of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, only a five minute drive from Windermere village.

Set in many acres of stunning woodland and outstanding natural beauty, it is an oasis of calm far removed from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

The hotel sits high above Lake Windermere, ensuring spectacular views of England's longest lake and some of the Lake District's best known peaks, including Coniston Old Man, the Langdale Pikes and Scafell Pike.


Windermere, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers.

Bowness-on-Windermere - Lakeland's most popular holiday resort - is an excellent centre for boating activities, with over 10,000 boats registered.

The village of Windermere grew around the Windermere railway station, about a mile and a half from the lake. The village was originally called Birthwaite, but the railway company decided to call the station after the lake.

Hilltop - The Home of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little 17th Century house and it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china. There is a traditional cottage garden attached. A selection of her original illustrations may be seen at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises - the most popular attraction in Cumbria. Windermere is England's largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. Lake cruises range from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

Meetings at Holbeck Ghyll

Day delegate rate: from £65 + VAT
24-hour delegate rate: from £225 + VAT

Maximum number of delegates:
25 (boardroom style)
40 (theatre style)

Weddings at Holbeck Ghyll

Steeped in elegance and history and with a breath-taking Lake District backdrop, Holbeck Ghyll is a truly magical wedding venue set in 18 acres of landscaped grounds with luxury accommodation.

We pride ourselves on offering first-class service in luxurious and homely surroundings. Perched high on a hill in a secluded and peaceful spot, Holbeck Ghyll boasts spectacular views overlooking Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells. Holbeck Ghyll is the perfect setting for your special day, with Michelin Star dining for an exceptional Wedding Breakfast.

From the moment you step into our oak-panelled entrance hall with its inglenook fireplace, a magical sense of history surrounds you and you will find our experienced team on hand at all times to ensure every tiny detail is taken care of.

Need to Know

Wedding Facilities
& Features

Rooms available

  • Lonsdale Lounge – max 10 guests
  • Restaurant – max 55 guests

Wedding Menu

Menu options for weddings and civil ceremonies are personalized to the bridal party's requirements.

Wedding Packages

Two Hearts Package

Priced at £1,700 for 2013 and £2,000 for 2014 the Two Hearts wedding package includes luxury accommodation for two nights in a superior room, two indulgent treatments in our Spa, use of the entire grounds and gardens, an intimate ceremony in the Lonsdale Room, and much more.

Daytime Weddings - max. 55 guests

The package includes all the necessities to create a memorable wedding, such as ceremony in the main house or private venue, 3 course wedding breakfast (from a set menu), guest table plan, use of the entire grounds and gardens, and much more.

  • 2013 - £2,000 Inc. VAT
  • 2014 - £2,400 Inc. VAT

Civil Ceremonies

Holbeck Ghyll is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Wedding Planning

Planning services are available.

Exclusive use at Holbeck Ghyll

Max Capacity: 51
Cost per night: £7000
Min cost per person: £226
26 rooms with a maximum capacity of 51 people. Includes dinner, bed and breakfast.