Travelzoo Staff

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
(35 Member Ratings)
"Superb meal and very friendly staff."
Nov 04, 2018
Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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

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
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly


  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • 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 for children and in the Classic Room only. 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. Infant's cot/crib and extra bed 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: Pets are allowed in some rooms only and on request. Charges will apply as follows: £20 per pet, per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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.

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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
(35 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hillthwaite House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the restaurant
Dorene Nov 10, 2018 Skipton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Superb meal and very friendly staff.
Other Comments
Very comfortable and relaxed lounge after meal and good to chat with other guests.
Ian Nov 04, 2018 Cockermouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great staff and excellent food
Sarah Oct 30, 2018 Chester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room 25 was 5***** apart from the view from the window which was non existent and the bathroom would have benefitted from a extractor fan which possibly would have eliminated some of the mould
Other Comments
The food could have been hotter and the service quicker
John Oct 19, 2018 Alfreton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very good decor and attention to decor
Other Comments
Service in the restaurant could have been better .Quite a wait between courses . Two other couples had to wait a long time for their main course to be served in the evening. Neither us or the people on the next table were asked if we wanted coffee , which was included in our package. Photo of the hotel is misleading- thought it was set low amongst the trees but turned out to up the top of a steep drive-way ( which we missed the first time ) in a housing estate. Woke up several times during the night as it was so warm even with the window open
Susan Oct 14, 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom
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

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