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“Absolutely Superb place to relax and enjoy truly impeccable food and wine.”

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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Skipton, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Absolutely Superb place to relax and enjoy truly impeccable food and wine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Having made a last minute booking,i wanted to treat my wife for valentines weekend.I could not of chosen anything better.Right from the minute we drove into the setting down area to unload our luggage and check in,we knew we were somewhere very special.On entering the reception area we were welcomed by very friendly staff escorting us to our classic room.On entering we were gobsmacked on the level of detail to luxury from the decor to the little gilpin cat sitting on the bed.Personalised towels and robes.Having settled in we had an hour to get ready for dinner at 9pm.The bar and lounge is simply sublime and having a few drinks complemented by canapes was just perfect.
The evening tasting menu was well what can i say an art of cooking to highest degree.The bed was turned out for us on our return which was a nice touch.The following morning we had breakfast in the garden room and again just perfect food and setting.
We enjoyed the day out around windermere even though the weather was a let down!!!
Returning to again a warm welcome we got ready for the evening meal.We enjoyed every minute of it.We were welcomed by one of the owners barney who made us feel very comfortable.
To sum up a very special place to stay just wish we could of stayed longer and also enjoyed the spa facilities.
Watch this space will be definately returning in the very near future.
To all the staff at the gilpin
thank you very much for a memorable stay at you hotel.

Mr and Mrs Persson

  • Stayed February 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited Gilpin Lake House for my 30th birthday in November. I wanted to visit somewhere special and Gilpin looked to tick all the boxes.
What can I say? The attention to detail is impeccable, we kept pinching ourselves...especially during the jetty spa trail, which is a spa like no other. After our couples treatment overlooking the lake we slipped off to the boathouse by the lake to enjoy afternoon tea, which was served as if we were royalty! As our visit was in November, it was dark by the time we got to the boathouse. This felt just magical as we sipped champagne in the hot tub, listening to the sounds of the forest. We later arrived at the main hotel for dinner (via private chauffeur....top chap!). The food and service was second to none. The owner chatted to us before dinner and made us feel so welcome, he was keen to hear how we were enjoying our stay. The next morning breakfast was served in the conservatory, again service and food were excellent. Before we left we took a walk by the lake and spotted wild deer! The family that run Gilpin are so welcoming and even offered for us to stay a while longer, suggesting we enjoy a coffee in the lounge before we continued our journey. We left with a sense of calmness, feeling that we had experienced something truly unforgettable. Thanks Gilpin!

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review it was a delight for everyone to read. It is so lovely to hear that guests leave the Gilpin Lake House feeling completely relaxed!

Please do come back and visit us again in the not too distant future.

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe
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Chester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We stayed with some friends for the spa trail. Hotel is understated elegance and our room was fab. The staff were discreet yet lovely and the food was first rate. In fact, it was better than many Michelin starred restaurants we have eaten at. Would highly recommend for a treat!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House. We are blown away by your wonderful comments and do hope you come and see us again soon.

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We have been staying here regularly for the last 5 years. The welcome is always warm, the owners Barney and Zoe take time to speak to the guests and nothing is too much trouble.
Gordon the general manager and executive chef has revamped the food, it now matches the stunning rooms. His enthusiasm was infectious, we just happened to comment on the quality of all things the butter, it is apparently one of Gordons finds from Scotland, he then arranged for a container of it to be chauffeured to the lake house to catch up with us so we could take some home! Thanks this is true attention to detail.
The jetty spa is a fantastic new addition, Tamar gave me a much needed massage to get the knots out of my muscles.I cannot imagine a spa with a better view.
The revamped dining room is lovely, very relaxing and it was good to have an easily accessible reception now ( although John felt it took some of the character of the old building away.)
Andrew the chauffeur is very friendly, he was very disappointed to find out he had kept us waiting for 10mins as a result of a communication error with the hotel , so organised complimentary drinks.
The service in the restaurant is efficient but friendly , being served the chateaubriand was almost entertainment in itself and it tasted fabulous.
The whole relaxing experience is only possible by the hard work and attention too detail from, Zoe, Barney and all the staff both in the hotel and Lake house.
The two down sides we found was the pool could have been a little cleaner, may be its harder to fit this in now due to the popularity of the spa ? The new communication systems the senior staff have meant that some were furtively "whispering" into their cuffs asking questions like a spy thriller! ( still it gave us a laugh!)
All in all a wonderful hotel, but don't tell everyone as they will all want to come.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you for coming back to see us all again and for writing such a fantastic review! It is great to have such positive feedback about our new reception area, dining room and menus. We will of course take your little pointers on board to continue providing a wonderful service in each department.

See you both again soon.

Kindest regards,
Barney & Zoe Cunliffe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We have been to this hotel before and it is interesting to see it evolve. The one thing that never alters is the quality and attention to detail.
There is nothing that hasn't been considered and certainly nothing that is not the finest quality.
Food and service exemplary.
Would not hesitate to recommend to any one.
However all this excellence comes at a price so don't be surprised at the rates.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gilpin_Lodge, Owner at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and what a brilliant review it is. We will look forward to welcoming you back.

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Barney & Zoe Cunliffe
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Worcester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

It was in the 1990s when we first came across this gem of a hotel, then under the leadership of John and Christine Cunliffe. Over the years the family have continually expanded and re-invested in the property, which is now run by the younger generation, from whom one always receives a very warm welcome and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Whether at the Lake House or at Gilpin everywhere is beautifully warm, comfortable, very tastefully decorated and memorable breakfasts, infact everything to deserve their Relais Chataux accolade.

However during our visit last autumn we were somewhat disillusioned by what had now become an extremely long interlude of anything from three quarters of an hour upwards between courses at dinner. This was extenuated by the inclusion of small taster plates inbetween each course, thus turning an enjoyable relaxed occasion into a long evening event, with little time and energy to enjoy coffee afterwards in the lounge.

Our biggest disappointmnent however has been the ownership’s failure to return a number of telephone enquiries for a block booking for what could be considered a prestigious event for the Autumn of 2015, thus leaving us with the prospect of sourcing another venue – such a pity.

Worcestershire
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Fantastic location, superb rooms and Heather and her team are excellent hosts, attentive, friendly and passionate about making your visit exceptional. With only 6 suites and a fantastic spa this is a heavenly location. Whilst the attention to detail, of the decor, the food, the service and every other aspect of your stay is a joy to experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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 Spa Hotel in Windermere
#1 Business 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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