“The Lake District (here a peaceful hillside with moor beyond the boundary) will never have seemed so sybaritic as in this enveloping, highly professional, but always friendly hotel. Owner John Cunliffe's grandmother lived here for 40 years; nowadays it has deluxe bedrooms with superb bathrooms and, in the new suites, outdoor hot tubs, plus AA 3 rosette food and highly attentive service. Prices to match: one for a treat.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
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. Our Lake District hotel has been family-run for over 21 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 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.
What is there to do in the area or on site?
Gilpin is set in the heart of the Lake District with Windermere and Bowness just a short drive/walk away. The Lake District has a variety of popular tourist attractions including Historic Houses, Castles, Gardens and beautiful National Trust properties. On site we offer a selection of local walks, maps and cycle routes and can also help plan your prefect day out.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer a Full English breakfast which is as carefully prepared and served as any other meal at Gilpin Lodge. It is a leisurely affair, with exquisite food served to you at the table (or to your room), and is a perfect opportunity to enquire about things to see or do.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The perfect start to any day in the Lake District, rain or shine. Relax in the lounges or on the terrace, perhaps have a look around the hotel and explore the beautiful gardens.
The lunch menu can be enjoyed in the lounge, bar or terraces, or in the restaurant for a more formal meal. As lunch slips into the afternoon, recline in the comfort of the lounges, or take a gentle amble around the beautiful gardens.
Gilpin Hotel is the ideal place to enjoy Afternoon tea and is the perfect way to round off a Lake District walk. Enjoy a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of home-made cakes.
Head Chef Dan Grigg ensures exquisite cuisine in the 3 AA rosette restaurant; the 5-course menu has plenty of choice and is a celebration of some of the finest Lake District produce and West Coast seafood.
Dinner is an important part of the Gilpin experience, and most resident guests dine with us every night. The cuisine is classically based yet thoroughly modern, with emphasis on the use of local produce. It’s imaginative without being silly, and is prepared and served with a great deal of care. Our wine list features over 200 wines from 13 countries which is built on interest rather than ancient vintages.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each room has been beautifully designed with luxurious furnishings and fabrics, giving each room that individual feeling. Many of our guests have their own favourite rooms, including ‘Harriet’, Troubeck and of course our Garden Suites with private cedar wood hot tubs.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
We aim to be one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels in Cumbria - but don’t take our word for it, you decide.”
The Cunliffe family eat, sleep and breathe the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House...
Originally published by Sunday Times (view article)