Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel

, Windermere, United Kingdom
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Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel

, Windermere
3 star

Rooms: 6

Crook Road - Windermere - England - LA23 3NE - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01539488818
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Beautiful but overpriced

from JLeeB
My husband, myself and another couple spent two nights at Gilpin Lodge. There is no question it is a lovely accommodation. We had heard about the Michelin Stars and Egon Ronays and were looking forward to amazing meals. To be fair the food at the breakfasts, dinners, and one lunch was superbe, however I thought they were feeding elves. If anyone reading this understands about "nouveau cuisine" then this is the epitome. The soup which was served for the first of five courses was in such a small demitasse cup that they served it with small coffee spoons. A soup spoon would not fit into the cup. All of the following courses were similar and extremely tiny. I would have been embarrassed to have served these tiny servings to anyone. Then after dinner you are asked if you would like coffee. You would assume that would have been included. It is not. It is three pounds fifty. Ice brought to your room is 5 pounds. All four of us felt the same way. We were expecting expensive and did not have a problem with that as it was a special occassion however we did not appreciate being charged for coffee which we could have had in our room for no additional charge. We also did not appreciate leaving dinner still hungry. I am used to eating lightly as I am a small person, but for me to still want something to eat was ridiculous.

The service was excellent and surrounds delightful. Just dont expect filling meals as breakfast and dinner are included in the tariffe.

fantastic weekend!

from Keaveny
My husband and I stayed in Gilpin Lodge for a long weekend.
We stayed in one of the luxury garden suites.
The accomodation was superb - the garden suites have their own individual hot tub outside, there was a plasma screen and DVD player in the bedroom. There was also a supply of good books to read. The decor was modern and tastefully done.
The bathroom was the best I have ever seen - fantastic big bath and separate large shower, including large bottles of molton brown toileteries to use.
There was coffee and tea making facilities available also (including home made shortbread and fresh milk)
Turn down was done each evening, with fresh towels provided as necessary.
We had a 5 course meal in the michelin star restaurant each evening - the foood was fantastic. Breakfast was delicious - waiter service - with 2 courses!
The staff were very friendly and obliging - providing a good insight to the local area - including maps for walks near Lake Windermere. We did a 5 mile walk around the lake which was fantastic.
All in all this is one of the best places we have stayed in.

Our favourite Lake District hotel

from Orchid4
My wife and I spent two nights at Gilpin Lodge last week. This was our third visit this year and since our experience was of the same high standards as the previous two trips, we will look no further than Gilpin Lodge the next time we are staying in the Lake District.

We prize comfort, attentive service and good food and are happy to pay for them. My wife and I both put a lot into our own stressful jobs and work to high standards. Accordingly we expect high standards from others and have not been disappointed in this hotel. We set great store by being able to relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment such as that provided by Gilpin Lodge and have no hesitation in recommending it to any like-minded person.

Highly Recommended

from David2006
We spent ten days at Gilpin Lodge which we believe set a record! However, it was a special holiday as we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

We had one of the new Garden Suites equipped with a Hot Tub. We were offered a change of room as the Hot Tub had a problem and was noisy and also we had builders erecting a wall outside our room!

The new room was far more private and was very spacious with a large bathroom. It would have been nice to have been told that the flat screen tv had an inbuilt digital tuner which we only discovered the day before we went home!

Apart from some minor niggles, for example I cancelled a newspaper but still received it each day, this is an excellent hotel and the levels of service, particularly by the waiting staff and housekeepers, is exceptional.

The food in the Michelin Star restaurant is very good although a little more variation would be better. However, the management in fairness did suggest that we could have anything we liked as a change if we requested it. I was slightly disappointed that some of the meat was grizzly and the filleted fish contained some bones - things I would not expect from a Michelin Star Chef. Deserts were superb, in particular the cheese board.

One gripe is that drinks and wine prices are outrageous. The minimum price for a bottle of wine is £19.50, although you can buy wine at £6 for a 175ml glass - equivalent to £25.71 a bottle!!
We had been e-mailed a copy of the Wine List when we booked and it was very reasonable. However, a new Wine List had recently been introduced which we thought was very unreasonable.We bought two bottles of wine at the 'cheaper' end which were both very poor and no better than a £3.99 supermarket wine.

We decided not to bother with tea or coffee after the meals as I object to paying £7 extra for two people even if petit fours are included, when there are facilities in the rooms for making your own!

Breakfasts were absolutely superb and the best choice we have ever seen. And the bed was also very comfortable.

All in all, highly recommended with excellent staff and superb service. We would definitely return.

Loved the hotel

from Peregrinator
On a recent trip to the Lakes, we had a free night and managed to book the last room available - happened to be a new Garden Suite. The room was excellent, very spacious, beautifully decorated with the hot tub a very pleasant facility. The ambience of the hotel was relaxed but with very attentive and helpful staff.
The food was excellent - I recommend the river pike sausage if it is available, absolutely delicious. Like other guests I found the additional cost of coffee odd but it does not detract from an excellent meal.

We did return on the Friday for a meal which was again very good though the service suffered somewhat from the numbers eating.

Thoroughly recommend this hotel to stay or eat

Fantastic food

from Yeegan
During a recent trip to the Lake District, my girlfriend and I decided to splash out on a nice meal on our last evening on holiday. Having got some tips from The Rough Guide to the Lake District, I did some research on the internet and settled on Gilpin Lodge which had the most interesting menu. They offer a 5 course menu for £42.50 with choices of starters, mains and desserts.

The booking for dinner was taken efficiently over the phone. The driving directions given from Windermere were spot on. The drive took about 15 minutes - we were staying at a B&B between Bowness and Windermere.

On arrival, we were shown into the comfortable lounge for an aperitif and to peruse the menu, during which time a plate of canapes arrived - anchovy flavoured breadsticks, foie gras and liver mousse and enormous olives. These were a lovely introduction to the meal.

We were shown to our table in an airy and light coloured dining room. The tables were given enough room for privacy though there was a general hum of appreciative conversation all evening, a nicer atmophere than some dining rooms in posh establishments which can be a bit formal and fussy.

The palate cleanser of essence of tomato was excellent - clean flavour of tomato which stimulated the appetite. In fact, this theme of clean and exact flavours continued throughout the meal with the chef trusting in the quality of ingredients and getting these few flavours to harmonise and sing on the palate. Highlights for us included a pea soup which exuded the taste of happy peas bathed in sunshine, an intense sweetbread ravioli which accompanied some veal and a towering raspberry souffle. The only question mark was that coffee cost an extra £3.50. It would have been nice to include that as part of an extraordinary meal.

The staff were attentive and efficient throughout. The manager on duty was also kind enough to let me have a menu as a souvenir of a fantastic meal. Having had the good fortune to have eaten at some top restaurants both in the UK and abroad, I have to rate the meal at Gilpin Lodge in my top 5 meals of all time. Keep it up and I look forward to a return visit when I'm next up in the Lake District.

A rare delight

from TM99
This is a delightful hotel, with exceptionally good service.

We have just returned from a 3 night break at the Glipin, staying in one of the new "suites" with a prvate hot tub on the decked terrace. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated with a contemporary fireplace (the latest decor - not for traditionalists!) with a superb bathroom. Admittedly there were still a few snags with the room but these will clearly be dealt with in the next few weeks.

I have had the pleasure of dining in many Michelin-starred restaurants and I am staggered that any recent reviewer didn't appreciate the food. Every dish I ate was very good (glorious dessert souffles) and to achieve such consistency is unusual - even in higher rated establishments.

But the best thing about this hotel is the service - from the long-serving "regulars" to the seasonal staff - everyone one was professional and extremely obliging.

We hadn't expected to find such a delightful privately-owned hotel in the Lake District and would recommend the Gilpin Lodge to anyone who appreciates quality and the finer things in life.

We will stay here again - for sure....

from A TripAdvisor Member
For many years now we have stayed in the Lake District on our way home from our annual holiday in Scotland.

For many years now we have been dissappointed with the hotels we have stayed at.

At last we have found a hotel we will return to...

It really was quite delightful,

The staff were excellent each and every one we saw were so good from the manager to the housekeeping staff. First class.

On arrival we the porter took our luggage to the room while I checked in - by the time we walked to the room there was a glass of Pimms delivered - compliments of the house to welcome us. How nice was that..

The restaurant was a revelation the chef has just been awarded a Michelin star...
and you can see why.
Everything we both enjoyed on the menu was so very good.

The room was everything you could want from a hotel ..
Good size, clean and fresh... tea & coffee facilities - this is very welcome and getting rarer.

Really I could not fault this delightful hotel in a superb location.

Go on if you are visiting the Lake District give it a try you will not be dissapointed.

Stephen - Southampton

Also disappointed

from CousinJack
We were really looking forward to a stay at Gilpin Lodge. Like the previous reviewer , the reality was slightly disappointing. It is NOT a bad hotel, but it is not quite as good as it thinks it is.

Our bathroom was fit only for a midget. It was large, well equipped, but large parts of iot were about 4 feet high. I am not tall but I amanged to hiot my head on a regular basis. To be fair, this is probably the only room like this, but at Gilpin prices it is a niggle.

Talking of price niggles, I was astounded that we were charged for a newspaper each morning. I was offered one, I assumed it was complementary, it wasn't. We were also charged for coffee after dinner. Again I assumed that Dinner Bed and Beakfast included coffee after dinner. It doesn't.

The food was good, although we found the menu choice slightly disappointing. Lots of fish (good), but in 5 days we saw beef on the menu once, no pork, no venison. I enjoyed all 5 dinners, but after 5 days it was getting a bit predictable. I expected better from a Michelin starred chef

The general ambiance was unsettling. Difficult to pin it down, nothing really wrong, just not relaxing. Perhaps the lounge area lacked a bar as a focus, perhaps it was the furniture grouped in 4s and 6s and 8s when we were just a couple alone, perhaps it was the group of staff waiting in the lounge entrance as you came down for a pre-dinner drink. Not really sure exactly why, but it wasn't relaxing.

Beakfast service was sometimes slow, one morning particularly so. Overall staff were very friendly and helpful, no complaints at all on that score.

Overall good, but could do better. I would recommend it for 1 or 2 nights, but not for longer. Our acid test for a good hotel is will we book again for next year, the answer is regrettably no.

Disappointed at the Gilpin.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Unfortunatly we were less than impressed with some aspects of this hotel. The welcome was certainly no more than cordial, and the food a real disappointment. We understand the Chef has just been awarded a michelin star, and we can only believe that as a consequence, he has let his imagination run riot with the menu by producing overly elaborate creations which do nothing for the palate. French style cooking at its worst.
On the upside, the rooms are spacious, well decorated and appointed, and the waiting staff friendly and eager to please.
Over priced, pretentious and not particularly relaxing to sum it up, and thoroughly disappointing as we were so looking forward to our stay.

Top Local Tips for Windermere

cruises on the lake if you go to bowness in the morning you can get a day pass for the lake cruises and it is well worth every penny

Drop the car If visiting the lakes, try to find somewhere to park for the day and use public transport (or your feet!) to explore

South Lakes Don't stay in Ambleside or Windermere. Too much traffic and commotion. Gilpin is perfect for seeing the southern Lakes and getting to and from the motorway.


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  • Address: Crook Road - Windermere - England - LA23 3NE - United Kingdom
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