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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

For many years a classic Lakeland country house hotel, these days The Gilpin feels decidedly more adventurous.

There are still cosy, comfy rooms in the lovely old Edwardian house if that’s what you’re after, but it’s the modern additions that are most exciting: a selection of Scandi-style suites are dotted round the grounds, all with hot tubs (a few even have their own private spa, sauna and cocktail bar).

The Michelin-starred restaurant, HRiSHi, is run by renowned chef Hrishikesh Desai, who’s known for combining local Lakeland produce with zingy Asian flavours.

It feels very secluded, but all the main sights of the central Lakes lie within a short drive.

Surrounding area

Squirrelled away in wooded gardens just a short drive from Lake Windermere, the Gilpin manages to maintain an air of tranquillity whilst being within walking distance (two miles) from the lakefront.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hill Top

Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[5.8 miles]

Beatrix Potter’s cottage is every bit as pretty (and popular) as you’d expect – and, for fans of her books, offers the chance to see some of the places that inspired her illustrations.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15

Rydal Mount

Rydal, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[12.3 miles]

Wordsworth’s grand family home between Ambleside and Grasmere is an essential stop: it’s full of memorabilia, and offers an intriguing glimpse of the Wordsworth family’s daily life in the Lakes.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

Dove Cottage (& Wordsworth Museum)

Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[14.1 miles]

Take a guided tour around Wordsworth’s charming cottage near Grasmere to get a fascinatingly personal insight into the poet’s life and times – and don’t miss the brilliant museum next door.

Best for ages: 180+ | £12

Walk up Scafell Pike

Wasdale, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[24.1 miles]

Climb up to the highest point in England for a memorable view of the Wasdale fells – and a special sense of achievement. But don’t expect to be on your own if the weather’s fine

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | Full day

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Exterior of the brewery

Hawkshead Brewery

Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[4.9 miles]

The best-known of some fantastic craft breweries in the region. It has a brilliant beer hall at its main site in Staveley, where you can also take a guided tour to learn more about the brewing process

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 3 hours

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Exterior of a large white house


Troutbeck, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[6.7 miles]

This traditional stone and slate farmhouse was home to local famers the Browne family for over 400 years. The house and family’s possessions have been preserved, showcasing rural life in the Lakes over the past centuries.

Best for ages: 18+ | £9 | 3 hours

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Lady staring at a painting by Beatrix Potter, at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, Cumbria. Beatrix Potter's original artwork on display in a 17th-century house.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Hawkshead, Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)[8 miles]

This small gallery in Hawkshead is located in the old office of Beatrix Potter’s husband, solicitor William Heelis. It holds regular exhibitions of her work, including her beautiful botanical paintings.

Best for ages: 10+ | £7 | 3 hours

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Lake District

Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)

Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.

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