Review: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in the Lake District

Sunset at Gilpin

Breathtaking surroundings, exceptional hospitality and world-class dining await you at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House. Awarded the coveted 5 Red Star Accreditation by The AA, trust me when I say that a very special stay is in store here.

At Gilpin, I love that guests can benefit from the intimacy of a family-run establishment with the luxury touches of a five star hotel.

As part of both the Relais & Châteaux and Pride of Britain Hotels, you can expect nothing but the highest of standards. 

The focus at Gilpin is on nourishment and relaxation, and I have no doubt that you’ll leave feeling refreshed and recuperated, just like I did.

Whether you’re a foodie, a spa lover, or simply want a place to unwind and chill out, I think this is the ultimate getaway in the heart of the Lake District

Let’s get into my honest review of my stay – you can also learn more about experience in my Instagram reel, or in my hotel vlog.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Two hotels in one

Gilpin comprises two hotels on two separate estates, just over one mile apart. Both offer an indulgent experience, but with a couple of key differences.

For those after total privacy, I’d recommend the Lake House which offers a magical haven of peace and quiet with just six bedrooms.

Set within 100 acres of private grounds and with its own private lake, I found the tranquillity here to be unmatched. 

Gilpin Sunset

The Gilpin Hotel has 30 rooms and suites, many with their own hot tubs and some with a private ensuite spa.

This is also where you’ll find the Michelin-starred SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel and the more informal pan-Asian restaurant, Gilpin Spice. 

Other facilities at Gilpin Hotel include an opulent Champagne bar, a welcoming lounge, terraces for alfresco dining, and a spa treatment area. 

A private sanctuary at Gilpin Lake House 

I spent two heavenly nights at Gilpin Lake House in June. I had planned to explore the nearby areas but couldn’t bring myself to venture away from such a peaceful sanctuary!

The Lake House brings a country house meets boutique hotel feel that offers the right amount of luxury, without any stuffiness or pretentiousness. 

In the winter, I can imagine snuggling up by the fireplace with a book in hand on one of the cosy sofas.

While in the summer, guests have a myriad of opportunities to make the most of the outdoor surroundings. 

Gilpin Rowing Boat

My room was a delight, with plush bedding, a welcoming sofa area, and buckets of space. The real highlight was the view over the private lake; simply leave the doors open for a soundtrack of birdsong and nature. 

Of course all rooms are equipped with modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.

Relax and unwind on the Jetty Spa Trail 

At the Lake House, guests can embark on the Jetty Spa Trail – a unique spa experience that takes you on a journey of relaxation and recuperation. 

Start with a glass of Champagne in the cedarwood hot tub that overlooks the lake. Then it’s time to head inside to the pool, where you can enjoy a private swim before relaxing in the sauna. 

Gilpin Lakehouse Treatment Room

Now for my favourite part – head over to the Jetty Spa and enjoy a bespoke aromatherapy massage from one of the talented therapists. 

Finally, it’s time for cream tea by the lake. Choose to snuggle up in the boat house, or have it alfresco while overlooking the lake and surrounding nature. Utter bliss!

Dining at Gilpin

Gilpin boasts three exceptional restaurants: one at the Lake House and two at Gilpin Hotel. Each has its own unique style and menu – and each is listed in the Michelin guide.

Note that there is a complimentary evening chauffeur service between the two hotels, so guests at either hotel can enjoy any of the three restaurants. 

Knipe Grill at Gilpin Lake House

Best for: Barbecue flavours

If you’re a fan of food cooked over coals then you will love Knipe Grill. Every single dish carries exceptional flavours, from coal fired vegetables to succulent cuts of meat. 

Knipe Grill

I had the Cumbrian Carrots Over Coal to start – a dish that takes the humble carrot and elevates it to delectable perfection. Served with parfait, pickles and tamari roasted seeds, it was an absolute delight. 

For my main course I had the Lune Valley Rump of Herdwick Lamb, served with BBQ rib, mint jelly and lamb sauce.

The lamb was just to die for and every one of the accompaniments provided the perfect flavour partner. 

I also ordered some sides of asparagus and beef fat rosti – both mouth-wateringly good. This was one of those meals that leaves a lasting impression, for all the right reasons. 

Note that Knipe Grill at Gilpin Lake House is a seasonal restaurant and is closed during the winter months.

SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel

Best for: Michelin-starred dining

SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel is Gilpin’s Michelin-starred offering. This is one to save for a special occasion as it’s a truly spectacular dining experience. 

I’d suggest arriving early so you can start the evening in the Champagne bar. Indulge in a sparkling tipple or two before heading into the restaurant.

The tasting menu takes you through a delightful journey of flavours, local products and precision.

Every dish had the ‘wow’ factor – from the gin and tonic bubble that bursts in your mouth to the roast native lobster and succulent beef.

I’d really recommend the wine pairing too, as it adds another welcome dimension to the meal. Although fair warning that you may be stumbling back to your room, not walking! 

Discover more of the best Michelin-star restaurants in the Lake District in my guide.

Gilpin Spice

Best for: Informal pan-Asian cuisine

For a more laid-back dining experience, I’d recommend booking into Gilpin Spice. As with SOURCE, this restaurant can also be found at Gilpin Hotel. 

Here you can indulge in a variety of pan-Asian dishes, from Indian paneer and Korma inspired curry to Hong Kong style pork belly and Vietnamese curry. 

You can see the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen, while the interiors are bright, colourful and welcoming. 

Gilpin Spice

I only intended to eat a small amount here, as I knew I had cream tea and a meal at SOURCE in the evening. But I simply could not help myself as the flavours were just divine!

Final words 

If you’re looking for a luxurious and tranquil escape in the heart of the Lake District, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is the perfect destination for you.

With its gorgeous location, exceptional service, and indulgent wellness facilities, an unforgettable stay is near enough guaranteed. 

Book your stay at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House here.

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