FINDING GILPIN HOTEL
SATNAVS: search for ‘GILPIN HOTEL & LAKE HOUSE’
If you are using a SatNav it’s best to search for ‘Gilpin Hotel & Lake House’, which will bring you directly to the hotel. If you prefer to input a postcode, do not use our real postcode as this will send you 1.6 miles further on than Gilpin, but instead please input LA23 3NF which will take you to the Wild Boar; we are half a mile further along the road (to the northwest).
DIRECTIONS TO GILPIN HOTEL
From the M6 Motorway
Leave the M6 at junction 36. Turn left onto the dual carriageway (A590/A591) and follow the signs to South Lakes for 8.4 miles
At the large roundabout just north of Kendal, take the first exit on to the B5284 (signposted Hawkshead via Ferry and Crook, with the Gateway Inn on your right). Follow the B5284 for 5 miles.
Gilpin is 5 miles along this road on the right hand side half a mile after the Wild Boar Hotel.
FINDING GILPIN LAKE HOUSE
SATNAVS: search for GILPIN LAKE HOUSE KNIPE TARN LA8 8LN
DIRECTIONS TO GILPIN LAKE HOUSE
From the M6 Motorway
Leave the M6 at junction 36.
Turn left onto the dual carriageway (A590/A591)
Follow the signs to South Lakes for 8.4 miles
At the large roundabout just north of Kendal, take the first exit on to the B5284 (signposted Hawkshead via Ferry and Crook, with the Gateway Inn on your right).
Follow the B5284 for 4 miles. Just after a small sign for ‘Gilpin Farm Hollythwaite’ turn left down the lane.
After 400 yards follow the lane around a sharp bend to the left, and continue through Michelland Farm and up the hill for 0.8 miles.
On your left you will see a set of black iron gates signed “Gilpin Lake House”. Follow the drive to the end where we will greet you and unload your luggage.
N.B. there is a turning to the left about 350 yards before the entrance to the Lake House, please go past this, do not turn into it!
TRAVELLING TO US BY AIR & TRAIN
Manchester – 88 miles
Liverpool – 93 miles
Glasgow – 160 miles
Edinburgh – 143 miles
Birmingham – 165 miles
London Gatwick – 301 miles
London Heathrow – 268 miles
London Stanstead – 276 miles
Gilpin is located in between Windermere and Oxenholme (Kendal) railway stations, so either station is handy to get to by taxi. Whilst Windermere is closer, you will most likely have to change at Oxenholme to get there so it’s often quicker and easier to simply take a taxi from Oxenholme.
OXENHOLME (Kendal) – 8.7 miles from Gilpin – this is a national station on the main line between London Euston and Glasgow/Edinburgh. There are regular trains to and from London (approx 2.5 hrs) and Edinburgh and Glasgow (approx 2 hrs).
WINDERMERE – 4 miles from Gilpin – is a local station with some trains going direct to and from Manchester Airport (approx 2 hours).
A FAMILY BUSINESS
THE CUNLIFFE FAMILY AT GILPIN
So, a little bit about us… You’ll see in the above pic that there are seven of us involved in the business – John and Christine on the left, who started Gilpin in 1988, their older son Barney and his wife Zoë, who run Gilpin on a day to day basis, with daughter Xiá, and their younger son Ben and his wife Rachel, of Ben Cunliffe Architects who do all our architecture (and a lot of other architecture as well!).
Gilpin is a friendly, family-run hotel with a long-standing team. When guests return they know the family and team, and we know them – everyone who walks through the door is made to feel welcome, valued and ‘at home’. Of course we strive to have the best interiors, cuisine, service, innovative rooms etc., but at the end of the day the thing that rules supreme is the people. Our team are an amazing bunch, and we value every one of them, with all of their foibles and fabulousness. We couldn’t do any of it without them.
And we couldn’t do it without you – our guests – who visit us for many reasons, often milestones such as birthdays, mini moons, honeymoons, anniversaries, celebrations, rest and recovery, spending time with dear friends, love, or simply to chill out. We are privileged to share so many special moments with you, and are very proud to set the scene as beautifully as we can, so that you can truly enjoy the time together without worry, and create priceless memories.
As with many things at Gilpin, the #love&laughter strapline came from comments from guests, a variety of whom said to us (independently of each other), that when they think of Gilpin they think of love and laughter – theirs, and ours, To us that is a huge compliment, and so we adopted it as a kind of a motto.
We hope to see welcome you to Gilpin soon,
All the family and team.