At the heart of Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Cumbria 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 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.

Gilpin has evolved over the last 25 years, spreading out instead of up, so that fourteen of the twenty bedrooms lead directly onto the gardens, six with private decking and cedarwood hot tubs, and all with lovely views. Just a mile away Gilpin Lake House is, put simply, a sanctuary, where just six suites 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.

Latest news: Gilpin has been awarded a Michelin star in the 2017 guide.

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

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

We have three very different dining rooms, which creates intimacy as well as a buzz, with our friendly team always on hand to make sure you have a wonderful time. Modern British dining throughout 3 beautiful dining rooms, or al fresco on the terrace during the summer.

Our British Market Menu is available throughout the day and can be served in the dining rooms, Champagne Bar, lounges or al fresco on the terraces. Our sumptuous afternoon tea menu can also be served wherever you prefer, as can morning coffee. In the evenings choose between our Table d’Hôte Menu and our British Market Menu. Each dish is carefully matched with a delicious wine.

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

The Food

We have held 3 AA rosettes for our food since 1997, specialise in fine dining without any of that pretentious stuffiness and were recently awarded a coveted Michelin star.

The kitchen team at Gilpin is charged with one simple task – to facilitate the beauty of ingredients from the sea, mountains and forests whilst creating dishes that connect the diner to incredible produce sourced with care from across the UK.

Our hope for your dining experience is that we sensitively communicate the stunning beauty of nature through our ingredients, delivering a timeless sense of well being through your interpretation of flavour, and that our culinary philosophy can establish a moment in time that moves you.

Room service

24 hours.

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 12
Cost per night: 2 nights from £7,800 (Summer rates)
Min cost per person: n/a
Summer Rates (April 2016 to October 2016)

Summer weekend/midweek (2 nights minimum, Bank Holidays 3 nights minimum):

Weekend/Midweek (2 nights) £7,800
Extra nights following on:
3rd night (if 3rd night is Fri-Sat or Bank Hol Sun) 1 night £3,900
3rd night (if 3rd night is Sun-Thu) 1 night £3,400

Winter Rates (November 2016 to March 2017 excluding Festive/Easter)

Weekend (2 nights) £6,700
Midweek (2 nights) £5,300
Midweek (1 night) £2,650

Extra nights following on:
3rd night (if 3rd night is Fri-Sat or Bank Hol Sun) 1 night £3,350
3rd night (if 3rd night is Sun-Thu) 1 night £2,370

Arrival Days:
In general, arrival for two night stays can be on a Friday, Wednesday or Sunday.

• 12 people at the Lake House
• Full breakfast served at the Lake House
• Welcome drinks with afternoon tea on the day of arrival
• 1 x set 3 course dinner at LH, often less formal
• 1 x set 4 course dinner at LH, more formal evening
• Coffee and petit fours after dinner on each night
• Tea, coffee, mineral water, fruit squash
• Swimming Pool – open for use 8am to 8pm
• Hot Tub – open for use 8am to 8pm

• Maximum 4 additional rooms at hotel charge per established room rate – add £10pp for afternoon tea
• Breakfast: all guests at LH
• CHAUFFEUR: included for dinner and after dinner. – To have chauffeur on call after midnight there will be an additional charge of £100 (if there are people in your party that are likely to retire earlier, we would recommend they are the ones staying at the main hotel). The bar at Gilpin usually closes at around midnight.


Double room for two people per night including full two course breakfast and VAT from £255 – £525

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929.



Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

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




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.