GILPIN LAKE HOUSE
“The Lake House is like a decompression chamber for stress – you simply feel your body relax”
Since 1917 and spanning five generations, the Cunliffe family and our guests have been coming together at the Lake House for celebrations, short breaks and holidays. With just six rooms sharing the lake and 100 acres of private grounds, Gilpin Lake House provides an inspiring and peaceful location, perfect for celebrations and get togethers.
Gilpin Lake House is fully serviced with Relais & Châteaux trained staff and Michelin starred chefs, and our highly experienced and dedicated team look after each function from start to finish, balancing warmth and friendliness with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences.
Enter through electric gates to discover this beautiful sanctuary within one of the greatest National Parks – surrounded by stunning woodland in the heart of a 100 acre Lake District estate, Gilpin Lake House is quiet, untouched, and devoid of traffic or people – a place to forget about everything.
The interiors are stylish, comfortable and warm, with a touch of home; the sumptuous bedrooms are individually designed and furnished, with crisp white linen, luxurious bathrooms, exquisite fabrics, wonderful upholstery, and delicious art.
Gilpin Lake House is on three levels with a beautiful entrance and sweeping staircase, a large lounge scattered with sofas, armchairs and bookcases, floor to ceiling windows and log fire, and a huge conservatory with floor to ceiling glass on two sides where it is almost impossible to be closer to nature yet still be indoors.
On the lower floor you will find a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna leading directly onto the gardens and lake where you can sink into one of the hot tubs, and to the ‘Jetty Spa’ treatment room raised 3 metres into the tree canopy, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake. Our Jetty Spa products are blended using sumptuous organic bases and the finest essential oils.
Elsewhere in the grounds you will find kitchen gardens, a boat house, an outdoor sauna, a Druid’s Circle, mature woodland, moorland, grassland and wild ponds. The lake has two rowing boats and is home to a large collection of wild ducks; bird tables are abundant with wild birds from the surrounding woodland, and red squirrels can be spotted. Half an hour’s walk within the grounds is “Viewpoint”, with 360° panoramic views of the Lake District, including the distant mountain ranges of Coniston & the Llangdales; from here a herd of wild deer that live nearby and birds of prey are frequently seen.
Decompression chambers should not be left before the treatment is complete, and whilst the entrance gates stop no one from leaving, many guests choose not to. For many, a good book, a comfy chair by the fire overlooking the lake is simply enough. The Lake House is particularly ideal if you are considering arriving by train as a car is not needed and the Lake House is only a short taxi ride (20 mins) from Oxenholme (just 2.5 hours from London). Our complimentary chauffeur drives guests to the main hotel and back for dinner.
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THE LAKE HOUSE BEDROOMS
All Lake House bedrooms are open plan bedroom and lounges with en suite bathrooms (two rooms have shower only, please do let us know if you prefer a bath as well), luxurious toiletries and lovely views. All are equipped with flat screen TVs, DVDs, and tea and coffee trays.
‘Chill out in this glamorous country pile’
Simply stunning. 25 feet of wall to wall, floor to ceiling, glass windows overlooking Knipe Tarn and the surrounding woodland. Whatever the season, just sink into the armchairs and watch nature at it’s very best. The family has always loved watching the ducks at dusk, gliding in squadron formation to the centre of the lake.
‘Gertie’ has magnificent views of the countryside to the north, and to the east down the Lyth Valley, reaching as far as the Morecambe Bay coast on a clear day; watching the sun rise through this misty valley is a perfect start to the day, accompanied by a cup of tea in bed. Another large window shows distant views over the Shap mountains, often snow clad in winter; in the foreground enjoy the kitchen gardens, with vibrant coloured flowers grown for the hotel.
‘Maud’ is a lovely large room, with views down the Lyth Valley to the east, and south over Knipe Tarn. Being on the first floor, the views extend beyond the woodland surrounding the lake and across the Lake House grounds. A great vantage point to observe the aerial acrobatics of the bats at dusk as they swoop over the lake. Maud also has a fabulous feature fireplace. Please note that whilst the room is large, the bathroom is small and does not have a bath.
Smaller than the other Lake House rooms it may be, but ‘Ethel’ commands one of the most delightful views over the lake. Situated at the end of the ground floor corridor, ‘Ethel’ has easy access and is tucked away in it’s own corner of the house.
‘Beatrice’ has two velux windows towards the lake, as well as a large window to the west over the surrounding woodland. This room also has a small adjoining bedroom, ideal for one or two children, or as an office if you really do need to bring work with you.
‘Adgie’ faces west towards the surrounding woodland, and has patio doors and a small private patio. Please note Adgie does not have a bath.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON
Since opening in September 2010, guest have been blown away by the Lake House. Quiet, untouched, and devoid of traffic or people, whether sitting by the fire in the lounge, or in the cedar wood hot tub, Champagne in hand, or in the swimming pool, the view instils a sense of peace and calm.
Please do get in touch with us if you would like more information, either by telephone (015394-88818 option 2) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our Events & Sales Manager, Janine Hatfield, will be delighted to help.