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Jane Anderson
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Jane Anderson

Lake District

Our verdict:

When it comes romance in the Lake District, the Gilpin Lake House blows everything else out of the water - or should that be lake? This stunning outpost of Gilpin Hotel has six luxury suites, massages a deux in the Jetty spa and Champagne in the open-air Japanese Ofura Tub. It is also licenced for exclusive weddings. Wordsworth would be proud!

Recommended place to stay: Gilpin Lake House

Jetty spa

Gilpin Lake House says

Romance in the Lake District just got intimate and irresistible!

  • Beautiful location
  • Great food
  • Stunning spa

Gilpin Lake House is a five star Relais & Châteaux sanctuary with exquisite service from the Cunliffe family and their passionate team and just six spacious suites set in 100 acres of private grounds with a lake, indoor swimming pool and the new lakefront Jetty spa.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and afternoon tea in the privacy of the Lake House – either in your suite, the conservatory, the lake jetty (or wherever you fancy within reason!).

Dinner is a special occasion at Gilpin – our chauffeur will take you up the lane to Gilpin Hotel for dinner each evening. We’ve earned a Michelin Star and no fewer than three AA Stars for Chef Hrishikesh Desai’s superb cuisine, enjoyed in one of four romantic candlelit spaces. The informal Gilpin Spice, which opened in 2017, offers incredible Asian-inspired dishes and has already earned two AA Rosettes.

The Jetty Spa Trail for couples is all about sheer pampering. During an entire afternoon, you will both enjoy a private swim in the lakeside pool, iced fruit frappé in the salt snug, an invigorating salt scrub shower and a bespoke aromatherapy massage. Snuggle up in heated throws in the Boat House with speciality tea and appetisers and then, to top it off, enjoy chilled Champagne in the open-air Japanese Ofura Tub with Dead Sea salt and stunning views and personally-blended aromatherapy spa products to take home.

We are licenced to perform weddings and can accommodate up to 110 guests – if you’re planning a more intimate ceremony with close friends and family, you can book Gilpin Lake House for up to 25 guests for your exclusive use.

We have an exciting Platinum Minimoon offer: three nights in Gilpin Lake House including Champagne on arrival, breakfast, dinner each night (including a tasting menu in the Michelin-starred Hrishi restaurant), the Jetty Spa Trail, lanterns for your hot tub and a day’s exploring with Windermere Lake Cruises. The cost is from £1,715 per couple. Details here.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon. Check out our special celebration packages.

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