At the heart of Gilpin is a 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 at these two luxury country houses spanning two estates in the beautiful Lake District.

The hotel interiors are stylish, comfortable and warm, with a touch of home; the sumptuous bedrooms are individually designed and furnished, with crisp white linen, luxurious bathrooms, exquisite fabrics, wonderful upholstery, delicious art.

At Gilpin Hotel all twenty five bedrooms have lovely Lakeland views, most leading onto the gardens. Six have their own cedarwood hot tubs, another five their own treatment area, steam room, stone bath, sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub. Just a mile away Gilpin Lake House is, put simply, a sanctuary, where just six rooms enjoy exclusive access to 100 acres of private grounds, including a stunningly beautiful four-acre private lake, boat house, swimming pool, salt snug, hot tubs and spa treatment room overlooking the lake.

With a fascinating history as a centre of the spice trade, Cumbrian cuisine has a rich heritage, and at Gilpin there are two restaurants celebrating this tradition – the Michelin starred HRiSHi and the casual Gilpin Spice.

Our feeling about running a hotel is that perfection is a big word, but a good objective. It has got to be right and it has got to be special, every moment. Nothing less will do.” – The Cunliffe Family

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Need to Know


Check-in is at 2.00pm


Check-out is at 11.00am

Also Worth Knowing


We welcome children over the age of seven.


The Restaurant, Champagne Bar, Lounge and Terraces

With a fascinating history as a centre of the spice trade, Cumbrian cuisine has a rich heritage, and local specialities have long included exotic spices with favourites such as Cumberland sausage, potted shrimps, Grasmere gingerbread, and of course, sticky toffee pudding. At Gilpin there are two restaurants celebrating this tradition – the Michelin starred HRiSHi and the casual Gilpin Spice.

In the Michelin starred HRiSHi, Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours – modern British cuisine with a twist.

The laid-back Gilpin Spice has an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail – spanning the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.

HRiSHi: Open to residents and non residents for breakfast, morning coffee, afternoon tea and dinner.

Gilpin Spice: Open to residents and non residents for lunch and dinner.

Room service: 24 hours (breakfast served from HRiSHi, lunch and dinner served from Gilpin Spice).

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Double room for two people per night including full English breakfast and VAT from £245 – £525 (1st November – 31st March) & £285 – £565 (1st April – 31st October)

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929.



Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Crook Road, Windermere, The Lake District, Cumbria, LA23 3NE.

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The Cunliffe Family



By Road

Leave the M6 at J36, take the A590 dual carriageway (which becomes the A591) following the signs to South Lakes. At the roundabout just North of Kendal take the first exit which is the B5284 signposted Hawkshead via Ferry and Crook. Gilpin is 5 miles along on the RHS.

Please note:
Sat Navs are likely to send you to the wrong place! If you put in our postcode (LA23 3NE) SatNavs will often take you about half a mile too far east of Gilpin (we are trying to rectify this). We are situated on the Crook Road in between Windermere Golf Course (LA23 3NB) and the Wild Boar (LA23 3NF) – please find more detailed directions below.

By Train

If you are travelling by rail to Oxenholme (Kendal) or Windermere train stations, we are just 10-15 minutes away via taxi. Please contact us if you would like to privately book our chauffeur. Please contact us if you would like to privately book our chauffeur.

By Air

Manchester Airport (88 miles, approx. 1hr 20mins)
Liverpool Airport (93 miles, approx. 1hr 25mins)
Birmingham Airport (165 miles, approx. 2hr 25mins)
Glasgow Airport (160 miles, approx. 2hr 30mins)
Edinburgh Airport (143 miles, approx. 2hr 30mins)
London Gatwick Airport (301 miles, approx. 4hr 15mins)
London Heathrow Airport (268 miles, approx. 3hr 50mins)
London Stanstead Airport (276 miles, approx. 4hr 00mins)

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Attractions Near Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is England’s largest National Park, set out to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and wildlife of the Lake District. Open all year round the National Park is home to a variety of activities; boating, walking, water-sports, cycling and many many more, you’re sure to find something to suit you.

Blackwell Arts And Crafts House

Sit and soak up the atmosphere at one of the Lake District’s most enchanting houses, enjoy the beautiful architecture in the house or look out over stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. Explore the gardens and series of terraces designed by Thomas Mawson to achieve the most spectacular of views.

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.

Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens are open to the public year round and have a variety of activities, all undertaken entirely by members on a voluntary basis. From Easter to October the gardens have plants for sale and is a beautiful place to visit.

Wordsworth’s House

William Wordsworth’s childhood home is now owned by the National Trust and is presented as it would have been when he lived there with his family. The home and gardens can be explored from Saturday-Thursday March-October with a variety of events on during this time.

Holker Hall

Just half an hour’s driver from Gilpin Hotel and Lake House is Holker Hall, one of the best loved stately homes in Britain. Set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills, the hall and gardens are open to the public from Sunday 20th March to Sunday 30th October Wednesday-Sunday.


Writer, artist and social reformer, John Ruskin spent the last 28 years of his life at Brantwood. Now open to the public, the house still holds many of his own personal possessions such as furniture and artwork, and hosts contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events to continue his cultural influence today.