Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Windermere, Cumbria
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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Windermere, Cumbria

Family-run and fabulous. In 1987, John and Christine Cunliffe bought John’s grandmother’s 1901 home and created a five-bedroom B&B. Joined by their son Barney and his wife Zoë in 2001, the Cunliffes have created a haven of calm, style and great comfort, a year-round retreat across two estates. Nowadays, Gilpin Hotel has an Arts & Crafts charm mixed with glossy, contemporary style; lots of luxury, but zero pretentiousness. Wellness is a big focus, with a gorgeous new Spa Space for all guests to enjoy. Twelve of the 30 rooms have hot tubs, and ten Spa Lodges and Spa Suites have hot tubs and private spas. A mile away is hotelcum-country-house Gilpin Lake House. Set in 100 acres of private grounds, six rooms share an indoor pool, sauna, outdoor hot tubs and spa treatment rooms. As for the food, you’ll be bowled over. Gilpin Hotel is home to Michelin-starred SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel, which offers locally-sourced creations, and casual Pan-Asian restaurant Gilpin Spice. Knipe Grill at Gilpin Lake House is equally impressive, with playful dishes such as Kentucky fried pheasant. In short, a blissful hotel filled with love and laughter – even the resident alpacas look happy.

Doubles from £305

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Indoor bath with rose petals and open plan room
Open plan kitchen and dining room in warm lighting
Hotel suite on lake