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Historical Traveler Reviews Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Windermere
Having just returned from a 2 night stay at Gilpin Lodge I feel so relaxed that I think this hotel should be prescribed on the NHS.
The hotel is simply wonderful, the room we stayed in was finished to a very high standard and the attention to all the small details was stunning. The food at the hotel was of a consistently high standard and service was top notch.
Would reccommend this hotel for anyone wanting peace and quiet coupled with a pampered feeling.
Simply the best....
Just a little piece of heaven on earth. Gilpin Lodge is the most welcoming and fabulous experience. it feels just like staying in the beautiful home of a wealthy and much loved relative... nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful staff. ALL of whom contributed to making our stay memorable. Outrageously good food glad to see they now have that well deserved Michelin star! Rooms which are immaculately clean and furnished with such good taste... fresh milk and home made shortbread on the tea tray!! crystal glasses for the mini bar, fresh towels every time you sneezed!!! So glad to be going back in 3 weeks will be back for battery re-charge on r egular basis.... ENJOY
Incredibly Comfortable and Pleasant
We spent a delightful week at Gilpin Lodge in early September 2005, and found it to be a wonderful place to rest and recuperate from a hectic summer of all work and no play, not to mention a perfect base for Lake District touring. The rooms are lovely and carefully furnished with everything one wants and needs. Our room, in a modern wing built in 1997, had two levels - a bed, desk, easy chair and (very attractive, modern) bathroom on one level, and then, three steps down, a pleasant living area with sofa and chairs, a television, and double doors leading to a pretty lawn and view of the mountains. Rooms include maps, touring guidebooks and lots of information about the surrounding area. The hotel's public areas included several attractive dining rooms and a large, well-appointed residents' lounge, where tea is served every afternoon, along with pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner coffee in the evenings. The staff was well trained, friendly and highly efficient, and the owners were helpful and kind. All meals were outstanding - the chef presented night after night of wonderful, creative, flavorful dinners, while avoiding the scary excesses of some modern, high-end menus. The hotel is located about four miles from Lake Windermere and the cross-lake ferry that speeds the tourist into the heart of the Lake District. Be aware: it wasn't inexpensive. But even paying about $450/night, including dinner, bed, breakfast and tax, we couldn't have been happier with Gilpin Lodge. It hit every high note.
Bedroom-large, spotless, comfortable and so peaceful
Breakfast-copious amounts, tremendous choice and tastes delicious
Dinner- excellent, wonderful variation and again delicious
Staff-helpful, attentive but not overbearing, knowledgeable and just thoroughly nice people
Location-speaks for it's self
Treat yourself to this wonderfully unstuffy hotel
We did and enjoyed every second of it
Haven in the Lakes
Gilpin Lodge is a secluded beautiful country house nestled not too far from Lake Windermere. My husband and I have visited on several occasions over the last two years and we will certainly be returning again this year. The Food, service, rooms and atmosphere are second to none, the staff are wonderful, with it being a family run business the staff want to go that extra mile to make your stay an absolute pleasure.
The Cunliffe's are wonderful caring hosts and we love Barney & Claire.
Can't wait to come back again for some more pampering.
This really is one of the best hotels in the UK!
We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Gilpin Lodge and it was a perfect weekend break. Everything was in balance, the room, the food, both dinner and breakfast, and the service were all of the highest quality. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a relaxing break. They have a no children under seven rule which defines what they are trying to create. It worked for us.
Cannot wait to go back!
A fantastic hotel. Wonderful clean rooms, friendly but unobtrusive staff, excellent restaurant - breakfast is particularly good. Great location. Overall an extreamly relaxing short break destinaton.
Perfect good Friday!!
The Gilpin Lodge is a truly fabulous hotel!! From the moment we arrived, Jill and I were made to feel welcome by the wonderful, friendly staff. After lunch at the excellent Drunken Duck and a very long walk, we returned to the hotel for a much deserved rest and soak.
A choice of robes is offered in the bathroom, Moulton Brown products, a fantastic bath- Jill was in heaven!!
Dinner was superb, a true gourmets paradise. Uniinterupted sleep in the most comfortable bed ever and a legendary breakfast- this place is too good to be true.
Can't wait to return.
Fabulous in every way.
I am a hotel snob and don't mind admitting it! I always like to stay somewhere luxurious, with wonderful food and surroundings. This hotel has it all. Cracking log fires, antiques, wonderful staff, fabulous bedrooms but most of all is the general ambience of the hotel is totally relaxing. What more can I say. I will definately return.Mr & Mrs G J W Heron
The rooms are beautiful, staff extremely cordial, food excellent. This is a perfect place to stay to get away from it all and be pampered. It is somewhat pricey but absolutely worth every cent. Highly recommend a stay at the Gilpin Lodge. Regretably, our stay was only 1 night. Stay longer!!