Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Windermere, Cumbria

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Family-run and fabulous, the Gilpin opened in 1987 when John and Christine Cunliffe bought John’s grandmother’s 1901 home and created a five-bedroom hotel. In 2001, their son Barney and his wife Zoe joined them and the house was later seamlessly expanded by their second son, architect Ben. Today there are 31 bedrooms in all, including six wildly popular Garden Suites with hot tubs, five luxurious Spa Lodges with private en suite tubs and saunas and, a mile away at Gilpin Lake House, six rooms on their own private estate with lake, boathouse, pool and spa. As for the locally sourced food, you’ll be bowled over by the Michelin-starred creations – modern British with a twist of Asia – of Hrishikesh Desai in his restaurant HRiSHi and the tapas-style pan-Asian dishes in laid-back, open kitchen Gilpin Spice. Gilpin is warm and welcoming, but also very glamorous – a mix of Arts and Crafts charm and glossy, contemporary design.

Doubles from £245
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Take over the whole house for private parties and glorious weddings.


Enjoy fine dining without pretension at The Gilpin with a focus on local produce, seafood and creative puddings.


Some of the Jetty spa treatments – we recommend the relaxing aromatherapy massage, £75.


The Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alongside iconic sites such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon.

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