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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful room, splendid food, and lovely stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

We had the delightful opportunity to stay at Gilpin Lodge for three nights in June 2011. We had booked months in advance, in February, as part of our planned (but too brief) 8-day UK travels through the Peak District/Lake District/Cotswolds. But even that far in advance, the Lake House was already booked for the three midweek days we requested. But all worked out perfectly for us, as we had reserved Troutbeck, a splendidly appointed and wonderfully spacious Junior Suite in the main building that opens onto a large, beautiful private patio. Lovely. Although it was quite cool the days we were there, we still relaxed on that splendid patio, watching the Lodge’s llama peacefully munch its dinner.

While the room was wonderful –big, bright, and welcoming—with a large, beautifully appointed bath, we cannot say enough about how splendid the food was. Truly. The breakfasts were fresh, delicious, and plentiful with all the choices you could want.

But it’s at dinner that Gilpin Lodge works its remarkable magic. The menu is positively inspired, the food beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, and many of the desserts, positively divine. I came back talking about the food I’d eaten at Gilpin—not usual for me.

At meals, the service is exemplary—their young staff stops at nothing to make sure your dining experience is wonderful: for example, the one night they were offering a pre-appetizer with something I didn’t eat, they ran and provided me with something else—a gloriously fresh mushroom soup.

We made it a point to tell the owner (I believe that was Barney Cunliffe) how highly we thought of the meals , and he told us about hiring his young chef. We congratulate Gilpin Lodge—the choice of chef was a splendid one.

I will only mention two very small things —(1) As of June, they hadn’t yet got internet in the rooms, and it was spotty elsewhere. They are working on this and we understood. And (2) when we arrived (midday) we weren’t asked what time we wanted dinner (you have to reserve a time) , so when we finally went down for a drink, they said—well, everything else is full, but we could fit you in an early timeslot. From then on, we were always relegated to that early time slot—they never again asked us what time we wanted to eat. While it worked out for us—the early dinnertime—we didn’t feel as if we could choose a time. That was the one small glitch in the wonderful service-oriented attitude that makes Gilpin such a marvelous place to stay.

So we recommend Gilpin Lodge (as everyone else seems to) wholeheartedly and unreservedly. We hope to return sometime soon.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2011

Afternoon tea is absolutely wonderful and we've tried a few!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2011

My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary in the Lake House. The location is beautiful, the staff extremely helpful. The dinner at Gilpin Lodge was by far the nicest food we had up in the Lakes. Well presented and delicious. The staff organised horse-riding locally for me. Will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

My wife and I visited Gilpin as an escape after recent major surgery. We found every single aspect of the hotel 100% perfection. Superlatives are not enough to described how fabulous the service, food, staff personalities, furnishings, etc etc are.
They have mastered even the finest points, down to perfecting the timing of sneaking in to your room when you are not expecting it just to tidy it up and prepare the bed for you on return from supper. I wondered how they did this and overheard the manageress giving a quiet instruction to one of the staff that Mrs and Mrs X were just starting main course so their room could be serviced..nice one!
We have stayed in countless hotels across the country 3 and 4 star and none can lace the boots of Gilpin. Even though it is a very busy hotel you never feel rushed or crowded.
We booked the "japanese" room, (sorry cant recall the real name) and it was sheer luxury. The price may be high but beleive me it is worth every single penny!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2011

We stayed here for our honeymoon , in the crinkle crags garden suite , and from the minute we got here we knew it was the nicest place we had ever stayed . It was perfect, everything about it , the attention to detail such as home made biscuits in the tin every day! And iced water and fresh milk! The suite was so spacious and beautifully furnished and we loved "putting the cat out" it was so original! We loved breakfast especially the smoothie of the day and couldn't wait to get to the restaurant every morning. We were so sad to go home, I actually cried as we drove away .Would dearly love to come back here one day . Thank for having us . Mr and Mrs Hodgson

  • Stayed June 2011
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herts UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Lake House back in April. Quite simply its the best place we've ever stayed at in the UK. The staff were terrific, food at the Gilpen Hotel was outstanding and the Lake House itself was so peaceful we didn't want to leave. This place is just terrific. We'll worth a visit !

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

Arrived at lunch time to make the most of our stay, the sun was out so sat in the lovely garden for drinks then ate lunch in the bar area, even though we were the only ones there it was very relaxing and it felt like it was our house (I know, I wish!!).
We were staying in one of the garden suites which were amazing and spotlessly clean spent most of the afternoon in the hot tub drinking champers and soaking up the sun - bliss!!
Then in the evening had drinks in the lounge then had our meal in the garden room all the public rooms are lovely and beautifully decorated. The food was also very good and I wouldn't be surprised if it earns a michelin star.
Breakfast was excellent my only slight disappointment was that we were unable to have a cooked breakfast in our room only continental.
A final mention must go to the staff who were all excellent and very helpful and friendly.
Even though it is a bit expensive to stay here, especially the garden suites, and we originally planned a one off stay as a treat for my 40th, we have already deceided that we'll be coming back, hopefully next year - can't wait!!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Address: Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Windermere
#1 Spa Hotel in Windermere
#3 Luxury Hotel in Windermere
#4 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#7 Family Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Gilpin Hotel & Lake House 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of Gilpin 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. This five star hotel comprises two separate estates in the beautiful Lake District, with a luxury country house on each. At Gilpin Hotel all of the 25 bedrooms have lovely Lakeland views, most leading directly onto the gardens - including six Garden Suites with their own cedarwood hot tubs, and five fabulous detached Spa Lodges. The Spa Lodges were added in 2016, and are cedar-clad with king size beds, gorgeous bathrooms and a fabulously private en-suite spa each, with a convertible treatment area, steam room, rain maker shower, free standing oval stone bath, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub surrounded by a walled garden. Add this to the mood lighting, fires, electric blinds and a state-of-the-art music system, and all of the senses are invigorated. Just a mile away at Gilpin Lake House, six gorgeous rooms share a fully staffed boutique hotel with a heated indoor swimming pool (for Lake House guests only), outdoor hot tubs and saunas, and exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds with a stunningly beautiful private lake. Our chauffeurs bring you to the hotel in the evening to dine. Dine in either the Michelin starred main restaurant, 'Hrishi', where Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours with just a twist of Asia, or in 'Gilpin Spice' a new informal restaurant transcending international boundaries, with an open kitchen focussing on dishes from the spice trail spanning the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. ... more   less 
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Gilpin Hotel Windermere
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