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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The property offers top-notch food and views of Lake Windermere to match 
  • Dishes in the restaurant have "tempering robust flavours with elegant presentation", says Square Meal
  • Previous guests include Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who filmed an episode of BBC's "The Trip" here
  • The hotel has been awarded four AA Red Stars for outstanding levels of hospitality and service

"Holbeck Ghyll is totally stunning all round" -- Square Meal
Enjoyed This
(102 Member Ratings)
"Food at dinner"
Jul 31, 2018
Chorley, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is between Windermere and Ambleside, close to the village of Troutbeck. Windermere railway station is around 10 minutes' drive away and has services to Oxenholme, for trains to London Euston. A taxi is around £11-£14, each way. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is a former hunting lodge perched above Lake Windermere. It's got accolades galore, including a Michelin Guide-listed restaurant and four AA Red Stars.

On top of that there's a spa with a sauna and a steam room, a gym, a boutique store and a helicopter landing pad (on request) in case driving isn't your style.

Eating here is a treat -- expect fresh bread and pastries, fruit, cereals, smoked haddock and local free-range eggs for breakfast. For dinner in the oak-panelled restaurant, "foodie heaven is dished up on a plate", says Condé Nast Johansens. There's an extensive wine list, which was awarded two out of three stars by The World of Fine Wine in 2017, and almost 50 variations of whisky. Port, champagne and cocktails are also on offer.

Bedrooms are split across the main house, The Lodge, which has inter-connecting and dog-friendly rooms, and two cottages. The Miss Potter suite has an outdoor hot tub and is where Renée Zellweger stayed while filming the 2006 movie "Miss Potter".

The hotel is a great base from which to explore the local area -- it's halfway between Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, and the town of Windermere is around five minutes away by car. Dove Cottage, a 15-minute drive away, is where poet William Wordsworth lived from 1799-1808, when he wrote most of his poems. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

Brockhole -- The Lake District Visitor Centre, is a 5-minute drive from the hotel and is a family-focused attraction with landscaped Arts and Crafts gardens, an adventure playground and mini golf, plus bike and boat hire.

Check out our guide on 101 Things to do in the Lake District.

From the press:

  • "It's all about staggering scenery, culinary genius and profound peace at Holbeck Ghyll" -- Condé Nast Johansens

  • "One of the top dogs in the Lakes dining scene" -- Lancashire Life

  • "Holbeck Ghyll sits high up overlooking the majestic Lake Windermere" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: A maximum of two children aged 8 to 16 are welcome to stay with their parents. An extra guest charge will apply as follows: £25 per night per child. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are not available outside of this age range. Extra beds must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed and confirm the age of the extra 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: Dogs are allowed on request, except in Contemporary Lake View Junior Suites, and will be charged at £15 per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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
(102 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Ltd (t/a Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Food at dinner
COLIN Jul 31, 2018 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and lovely staff
Other Comments
Dinner was included in the rate and although it tasted great the portion sizes were disappointing to say the least, all of our group of 4 were still hungry after a 3 course meal and we're not big eaters. This is the reason we would not recommend the hotel or return in future.
Jul 29, 2018 north campsite, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Our only disappointment was that our food as tepid and on cold plates. Everything else was lovely
Angela Jul 22, 2018 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was amazing. Location superb!
Dorothy Jul 20, 2018 Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Customer service was excellent.
Other Comments
Food absolutely fabulous, surprised it’s not Mitchelin star. Will definitely be going back.
Claire Jul 07, 2018 Saint Helens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful view from our room and the lovely walks round the hotel.
Other Comments
Your offer enabled us to enjoy this lovely place.
Stephen Jul 03, 2018 Cheadle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and beautiful location
Janét Jul 01, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Views were stupendous. Lovely sunsets. Good food and friendly staff
Barbara Jun 30, 2018 Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The stunning view of lake Windermere from our room.
Other Comments
The soundproofing from the next door room was very poor, we could hear there conversation, TV and wardrobe doors sliding quite clearly
Peter Jun 25, 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Top class service
Nikki Jun 19, 2018 Lancaster, United Kingdom

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