Careers at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House - the team

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a 5 Star hotel which is family run with a great team and a friendly environment.

Already with plenty of official recognition, including membership of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes for food and 4 AA Red Stars, the family and team are incredibly proud to have been voted Hotel of the Year by the AA (2011-2012), the English Tourist Board (2011-2012), the Cateys (2012-2013) and Condé Nast Johansens (2013).

All of the team are encouraged to get to know our guests, many of whom return to Gilpin again and again. We hope that you will enjoy your time at Gilpin and gain valuable experience.

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

P.S. Please be aware that we are located in some of the most beautiful countryside of England; we are close to towns and villages, but we are in the countryside – if you want to live in the city then we are not right for you!




Top 6 reasons to join the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Team


Family & Team

Fabulous hotels are about passion, and for us, it is as much about family and our fantastic team as it is about the guests. We get to know every guest, and encourage a real team spirit, and do our very best to make everyone feel ‘at home’. We are all passionate about Gilpin, and it shows in every area.

Training… and pride in what we do

We are all very proud of Gilpin, and proud to work here and meet our amazing guests. Training is hugely important within the hotel and we have a great intranet and training system in place to help us with this. As part of Relais & Chateaux we can offer great career opportunities, whether you choose to stay with us long term or would like the opportunity to work in different parts of the world.


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’ and ‘Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Country House Hotel 2013’. AA 3 Rosettes, AA 4 Red Stars, a Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Food – Guests & Staff

We have held 3 AA rosettes for over 17 years, and specialise in fine dining. Our food is imaginative and enticing, and each dish has a carefully matched wine. There are no weddings, functions or conferences at Gilpin; the restaurant is exclusively fine dining with an average of 48 covers per night.

We also have a dedicated staff café serving home-cooked fresh food for all staff on duty (free!).

Staff Accommodation

We have fantastic subsidised staff accommodation at very reasonable rates, from £120-£330 per month including bills.


We have membership of the Old England Spa which staff are welcome to use. Facilities includes a 20 metre swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, ice room and aromatherapy shower.

We are currently recruiting:



We are looking for chefs at the lovely Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, nestled in Lake District near Windermere. The kitchen has grown and exciting plans have been put in motion allowing us to serve fine and casual dining under one roof. Due to this expansion more positions have been created – chefs de partie and commis pastry chef. The kitchen is progressive and we are looking forward to the new challenges.

If you are interested then please give us a call and I will be more than happy to talk to you about the job. Thank you for taking time to read this.

Hrishikesh Desai, Executive Head Chef


We are looking for a Reservations Agent and a Sales & Reservations Deputy Manager to join our small sales dynamic team, with good sales systems experience, an eye for detail, and a warm friendly approach to guests. Candidates for theSales & Reservations Deputy Manager will also need leadership experience.

The role is highly team and guest focused and needs friendly, organised people with a professional approach, great administration and written skills, and an excellent eye for detail. A warm, kind telephone manner, followed by a meticulous booking and an effervescent welcome to one of our 31 spectacular rooms ensures that our guests are excited about their stay.

Please do get in touch if you would like to apply for either of these positions, or if you would like more information.

Anna Maria Dunne, Sales & Marketing Manager


We are looking for Waiting Staff to join our fabulous restaurant team. Candidates should have extremely high standards, and be friendly, charming, enthusiastic, well presented, with good manners, attention to detail, good communication skills, and good English.

We have two restaurants at Gilpin:

‘Hrishi’ The Michelin starred restaurant where Hrishikesh Desai’s imaginative dishes combine great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver modern British dishes with a twist of Asia, with unbelievable textures and flavours.

‘Gilpin Spice’ – An informal restaurant with funky décor, an open kitchen and a menu of sharing dishes from countries along the spice trail, from the Indian sub-continent to the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.

Please do get in touch if you would like to apply. We are also looking for part time staff at the weekends, easy to fit around studies and we can train so experience is not essential.

Daniel Bill, Restaurant Manager – Hrishi
Wojciech Matusiak, Restaurant Manager – Gilpin Spice

If you would like to apply for any of the above positions, please send your C.V. along with cover letter to