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
(138 Member Ratings)
"Gardens and the breakfast"
Apr 08, 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The Waterhead Hotel is an hour's drive from the M6. Blackpool Airport is an hour and a half by car, and Manchester Airport takes two hours. 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 24 hours

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
(138 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Waterhead Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Gardens and the breakfast
Other Comments
The shower was rubbish!
Peter Apr 08, 2018 Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly, comfortable rooms and perfect location
Susan Nov 29, 2017 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and good location
Kathleen Nov 25, 2017 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
New decor
Other Comments
Staff always attentive food good and rooms very comfortable and the location is great
Carol Nov 24, 2017 MIDDLEWICH, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Minor improvements in room:better lighting and shower would help
Katharine Nov 23, 2017 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Slightly confusing offer as it didn't make clear that the £30 towards the restaurant bill didn't include alcohol - our food was under £30 but the balance didn't go towards the wine.
Katharine Nov 25, 2017 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendliness of staff, location, breakfast
Carole Nov 09, 2017 Bridlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good service from staff
Lin Oct 28, 2017 Sale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Accommodation excellent, very friendly staff, lovely surroundings.
Susan Apr 29, 2017 Bradford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were very pleasant and helpful
Other Comments
Our room which was in an annex with absolutely no view. No where on your promotion or thehotels website was there mention of rooms in an annex.
Gerald Oct 02, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom

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