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.
If a Champagne bar, a room with its own hydrotherapy hot tub and private treatment area, a choice of Michelin-starred or relaxed pan-Asian food and uninterrupted peace and tranquility sounds like your thing – and frankly, we can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be – then you need to know more about Gilpin, and you need to know soon!
Gilpin is a truly unique location, one of a kind – or two of a kind, to be more accurate. For the buzz of the restaurants and the private spa lodges try Gilpin Hotel, for country house elegance with uninterrupted lake views, then Gilpin Lake House is the one for you.
They may be different locations but the ethos, genuinely friendly service and the ability to surprise and delight at every turn are just the same. In the words of their guests, “lots of luxury and zero pretentiousness”. This is modern hospitality at its very best.
View Gilpin Hotel’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide
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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Gilpin Lake House – Please contact Gilpin for details
From £275 per room per night
What the Experts Say
“The epitome of a modern country-house hotel pimped up with a dash of bling. Firmly in the indulgent break category with private hot-tubs and saunas, Michelin-starred dining and legions of staff.”
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.
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.
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.
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)
Attractions Near Gilpin Hotel & Lake 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.
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 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.
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.
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.