Welcome to Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

A Relais & Châteaux hotel with two luxury country houses in the Lake District

We are a small, family owned and run hotel that strives to be the best, with a friendly, personal touch, and two luxury country houses – choose which one is for you! We aim to be one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels in Cumbria, but don’t take our word for it, you decide. We hope to welcome you to Gilpin soon.

Warmest regards,
Barney, Zoë, John and Christine Cunliffe.

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Top 6 reasons to stay at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House



Fabulous hotels are about passion, and for us, about family. We are both family owned and family run, and have a fantastic long standing team - our extended family. We all get to know our guests and very much enjoy the art of hospitality; we do our very best to make every single guest feel ‘at home’.


We have held 3 AA rosettes for our food since 1997, and specialise in fine dining without any of that pretentious stuffiness.

Everything is sourced, prepared and served with a great deal of thought and care, with good quality ingredients and lots of fresh local produce - organic where possible.

Interior Design

Interior Design
When you stay at Gilpin, you’re not just choosing a bedroom, you’re choosing an interior design with fabulous fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings. We have evolved Gilpin Hotel over the last 25 years, spreading out instead of up, so that fourteen of the twenty bedrooms lead directly onto the gardens, many with private decking and cedarwood hot tubs, and all with lovely views. 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 and the new Jetty Spa.


We have some amazing packages involving our spa and hot tubs – no weddings, business or young children, simply relaxing luxury.



The newly opened Lake House Jetty Spa overlooks the private lake - the setting is spectacular, the tranquility unbelievable. The Jetty Spa, and the fabulous Jetty Spa Trail, provide a perfect decompression chamber for couples needing some precious time together.

We welcome children over the age of seven.


Choosing between the many Lake Windermere hotels can be a task in itself, and of course it is far more than just buildings and interiors.

In the “us” section, meet the family and team. Our Lake District hotel has been family-run for over 25 years with a long-standing team, resulting in truly professional service with a personal, relaxed, warm and caring style.

Our guests visit us for many reasons, often milestones such as birthdays, minimoons, honeymoons, anniversaries, celebrations, rest and recovery, spending time with dear friends, love or simply to awaken the senses. We set the scene as beautifully as we can, so you can truly enjoy the time together without worry, and create priceless memories.

We hope to see you soon,
All the family and team at Gilpin.


Explore every room in fine detail here on the web, we’re immensely proud of all of them.

Designed and refurbished without compromise, most with patio doors leading onto the gardens and with spa baths or hot tubs, whilst at the Lake House there are just six suites exclusively sharing 100 acres of grounds with a private lake and spa.

All of the rooms are spacious, quiet, with lovely views and constant refurbishment.


The family and team are very proud to have been voted the English Tourist Board Awards for Excellence ‘Small Hotel of the Year 2011′, ‘AA England Hotel of the Year 2011’, ‘Catey Independent Hotel of the Year 2012’,‘Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Country House Hotel 2013’, and ‘TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013’. AA 3 Rosettes, AA 4 Red Stars, a Relais & Châteaux hotel.

As a small family owned and run hotel, these awards really do mean the world to us!