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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gilpin Hotel And Lake House
- Gilpin Hotel Windermere
- Gilpin Lodge Windermere
- Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere, Lake District