Lake District

Waterhead Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Waterhead Hotel's gardens slope down to the shores of Coniston Water -- "a quiet beauty that sets it apart from the more popular destinations", says Rough Guides
  • The traditional Lakeland village of Coniston is a 10-minute walk away
  • Brantwood -- the former home of writer John Ruskin -- is around five minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
(100 Member Ratings)
"The wonderful location so fabulous to just relax and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and The food is star quality"
Aug 10, 2018
Henlow, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The Waterhead Hotel is an hour's drive from the M6. Ulverston and Windermere railway stations are both within a 35-minute drive and offer links into Manchester Piccadilly, Edinburgh Waverley and London Euston (a change of train is usually required). Parking at the hotel is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Waterhead Hotel sits in gardens on the edge of Coniston Water and boasts panoramic views of the Coniston Fells, making it a great base from which to explore the local area. You can take to the trails, or hop on a launch for a lake cruise.

Coniston's copper-mining past is evident in the remains of shafts and mines dotted around the area, but it also has a strong cultural heritage. Writer John Ruskin lived in Coniston, Tennyson honeymooned in the village and Turner painted the mountainous scenery. Author Arthur Ransome also holidayed as a child in Coniston, and used the area as the setting for his Swallows and Amazons book series.

The hotel is around 10 minutes' walk from Coniston Village, where you can visit the Ruskin Museum or see Hoathwaite Farmhouse, a 400-year-old Grade II-listed property that was recently restored by The National Trust. Tarn Hows -- part of an estate once owned by Beatrix Potter -- is a 40-minute walk away. Windermere is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

You can begin the day with a full Cumbrian breakfast at the hotel restaurant, which serves local produce and has views of the Old Man of Coniston, a fell that's over 2000 feet high. There is also a Lounge Bar that stocks local ales.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant cot/crib and extra bed available on request, free of charge, for children aged 14 and under. This is room-only basis. Meals will be charged as taken. There is no extra bed available for older children or adults. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request the cot/crib or extra bed and confirm the age of the child.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and in selected areas of the hotel and will be charged at £10 per night on checkout.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(100 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Waterhead Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.6 Location
3.5 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The wonderful location so fabulous to just relax and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and The food is star quality
Andrew Aug 10, 2018 Henlow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Scenic walks Nxt to the water and surrounding area natural beauty
Allison Aug 09, 2018 Newcastle Upon Tyne , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and relaxed atmosphere
Other Comments
All the staff where great
Philip Aug 07, 2018 Saint Bees, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The position of the hotel was good and the staff were nice and friendly.
Other Comments
We stayed for 3 nights with dinner on 2 of the nights from 31st July. The menu was the same one and the food was not really very good. We were given one of their standard rooms above the kitchens, and only one small window to open as the room was very warm. When they started the kitchen extractor fans at 7 in the morning before breakfast we were woken up from the noise. Also the room smelt of any food they were cooking. The hotel has a very strange lift only to the first floor. We knew it only had a lift to the 1st floor and I rang them and asked for a room on that floor. It is definitely past its sell by date!!
DAVID Aug 06, 2018 Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
In this visit the room for us with dogs was great
Andrew Aug 05, 2018 Rossendale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely staff & excellent food
Emma Aug 05, 2018 Colchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Evening meal was very good
Kathryn Aug 04, 2018 Morecambe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff & superb location
Other Comments
A brilliant stay. Highly recommended. Great food. Fabulous staff. Beautiful location on lake shore with mountain views.
Helen Aug 03, 2018 Aldershot, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quiet and peaceful location even though only a few minutes walk from Coniston.
Other Comments
Complimentary car parking was much appreciated after checking out.
Rachel Aug 03, 2018 Houghton le Spring, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
So doggie friendly and the staff are great
Other Comments
Wasnt the cleanest hotel we've stayed in ( lots of cobwebs and dust about!) But we loved it and it was excey value for money and We will definitely return
Sue Aug 02, 2018 Stockton-on-TeesStockton, United Kingdom

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