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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

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Why We Love It

  • This family-run Victorian hotel is 15 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • Beatrix Potter's house Hill Top is a 30-minute drive away
  • The hotel's restaurant is recommended by The Guardian's Jay Rayner

Enjoyed This
(48 Member Ratings)
"Staff were very nice and I liked the bar area."
Mar 29, 2018
GlasgowGlasgow, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

There is free parking on site, and Windermere railway station is less than five minutes' walk from the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms is a family-run hotel in the heart of Windermere town. The property dates back to 1865, and is built from Lakeland stone. 

The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Lake Windermere -- "the queen of Lake District lakes" (Lonely Planet). Rough Guides recommends hiking up to Orrest Head (10 minutes' walk) for the panoramic views. National Trust-run Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her books, is 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. Dove Cottage, where poet William Wordsworth lived, is a 20-minute drive away. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

The restaurant serves traditional British dishes, and was a Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year finalist in the 2016 Cumbria Tourism Awards.The Guardian's critic Jay Rayner is a fan of the "glorious" bone-on rib of beef and a "magnificent" cauliflower cheese, which are served at Sunday lunch. The bar stocks local ales, wine and over 15 varieties of gin. There is a roaring fire in the winter.

In keeping with the 19th-century building, bedrooms have a Victorian look, with striped wallpaper and polished-wood beds. All have renovated bathrooms.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guests charges apply as follows: £5 per night for a child aged 2 and under, when staying in a cot/crib. This does not include breakfast. Cot/crib available on request. Please use the Special Requests field to request a cot. There is no extra bed available for older children or adults. 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. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to confirm the age of the child.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and are charged at £10 per pet, per night.

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
(48 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Ltd (t/a The Lamplighter Dining Rooms) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Staff were very nice and I liked the bar area.
Other Comments
Priot to going down I thought the phoptos of the hotel looked lovly and in reality the hotel was just as nice.
Gordon Mar 29, 2018 GlasgowGlasgow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Situation and food and drink
Other Comments
Owned by men but run by a great team of women on the days we were there.!
Sheila Mar 24, 2018 Church Stretton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food is very good and presented well.
Other Comments
This time we thought the carpet in the lower dining room needed replacing as it was very dirty. The last time we stayed I sent an email directly to the hotel management - the Tasker family - suggesting they should install a heater above the front entrance door. The cold air does affect all diners in that location when they are having a meal, from morning to evening. Unfortunately, this hadn't been implemented and we heard the dining room guests, near the front door, complain about the cold..... We believe this will cause issues with rebooking for these clients; which could so easily be rectified. A shame as they have a great product to promote.
Amanda Mar 23, 2018 Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great staff and food
Becky Mar 21, 2018 Salcombe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel staff were all really nice and the food was gorgeous.
Other Comments
The best Eggs Benedict I have ever had!
Michele Mar 15, 2018 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Pamela Mar 08, 2018 Hitchin, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful food and friendly staff
Linda Mar 07, 2018 Chester, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The hotel was fantastic, the meals were excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We will be going back there at some time and will recommend this hotel to family and friends
Barry Mar 05, 2018 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Central in Windermere, Food fantastic
lydia Feb 28, 2018 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Value for money
Lisa Jan 28, 2018 Preston, United Kingdom

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