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Why We Love It

  • This 5-star family-run property is 15 minutes' walk from Bowness-on-Windermere
  • It has views of the town and Lake Windermere
  • There is an elevated stone terrace for al fresco dining, and a cosy fire to keep warm by in winter

"Magnificient panoramic views" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018
Enjoyed This
(32 Member Ratings)
"the general ambience the food,staff and all worked well."
May 09, 2018
Belfast, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Hillthwaite is around five minutes' drive from the A591 and Windermere railway station. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Lake District is a "storybook realm of hills, stonewalled fields, forests, whitewashed cottages, and clear waters", according to National Geographic. Set above the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere, Hillthwaite is a family-run property with pretty views of the national park's largest lake and the mountains beyond. There are lots of local walks and you can ask the hotel to make you a home-made packed lunch (supplements apply).

Bowness-on-Windermere Pier is 15 minutes' walk from the hotel; from there you can catch a boat to take in the views. Prices start at £8 for an adult cruise ticket. Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her books, is now a National Trust property and is 30 minutes' drive away. The town of Kendal, best known for its mint cake, is a 20-minute drive. For an idyllic landscape of limestone crags and woodland, Whitbarrow Nature Reserve is around 30 minutes' drive.

The 5-star guest accommodation serves cream tea from 1-5pm. Views are impressive in the restaurant, and you can dine out on the elevated stone terrace or in the conservatory. In cooler months, you can cosy up in front of the warming fire with a book and a drink -- there are local ales on tap in the bar, as well as a good selection of spirits and wines.

Check out our list of 101 Things to do in the Lake District.

From the press:

  • "Individually designed rooms are maintained to a high standard" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Sauna


  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 16.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request and in the Classic Room only. Reservations with children require advance notice with the hotel.
Extra guest charges apply as follows: £10 per night for infants aged 0-1, £20 per night for children aged 2-7 and £40 per night for children aged 8-14. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults. Extra beds are on request and must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: The hotel charges a voluntary £1 fee towards conservation projects. Any payments made with a credit or debit card under £20 will be subject to an admin fee of £5.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Leisure facilities will be closed for refurbishment from November 1st, 2018

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(32 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hillthwaite House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the general ambience the food,staff and all worked well.
Kenneth May 09, 2018 Belfast, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Just being in a lovely hotel that has invested a lot of money.
Other Comments
Breakfast - little niggles often shape perceptions! It was a pity the breakfast bar was not replenished as it should have done. Some items ran out. Ordering breakfast from the menu should all be done at the table and not on one's way into the dining area when coffee or tea was asked! I would like to see magazines and newspapers on display in public lounges and magazines in the bedrooms. Other than that, well done to an excellent hotel!
Jeffrey Apr 29, 2018 Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and the refurbishment.
DIANE Mar 28, 2018 Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good ambience
Pauline Mar 27, 2018 Southport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and great food
John Mar 26, 2018 Oulton, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The breakfast was the tastiest I’ve had in the lakes and I have been going to the lakes for a few years now
andrew Mar 24, 2018 Heywood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the whole experience visiting this lovely hotel. Excellent location, excellent food, lovely rooms beautifully decorated and clean.
Other Comments
The only thing if we had a compliant would be on going to dinner; it was not clear when ordering pre dinner drinks that we had arrived for dinner and we had to ask for menus and our order to be taken. But when we asked this was soon rectified. We enjoyed our stay at the Hillthwaite so much we have already booked our next stay on departure!!
Judith Mar 23, 2018 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff good food calm comfortable setting
Mar 21, 2018 lancashire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent service good food friendly staff
Other Comments
Location superb
Glynis Mar 17, 2018 IlkleyIlkley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Thomas Mar 14, 2018 Durham, United Kingdom

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