Lake District

Waterhead Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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

"The food was good"
Oct 01, 2018 - Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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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


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-9pm 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.

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.

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(105 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Waterhead Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.7 Ambiance
4.7 Location
3.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The food was good
Other Comments
The room was not very good .There was no towel rail or toilet roll holder.The bath was badly worn and the shower needed replacing .The paint on the radiators was cracked .Our room was an upgrade because of a problem in the room that we should have which would have been in an annexe.Is it customary to give Travel Zoo cusomers the poorest rooms?
Sheila Oct 01, 2018 Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was excellent and Lottie the receptionist was so friendly and helpful
Other Comments
Needs some upgrading but clean rooms
Shirley Sep 01, 2018 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent location near Coniston town and great views from some of the rooms, but I wouldn't recommend it on account of the poor room
Other Comments
Poor state of room: smelt of damp, bathroom door wont shut & the bed was extremely worn out,lumpy & stained up...don't Travelzoo have minimum standards?
James Aug 30, 2018 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff
Jennifer Aug 28, 2018 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff friendly and Nice location.
Other Comments
Meal choices ran out of chicken, was left with lamb or fish husband didn't like either. Dirty room
Karen Aug 28, 2018 Sunderland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly staff. We were upgraded to a lake view room which was very spacious and nicely decorated. Also as part of our deal had dinner and breakfast included both of which were very nice.
Other Comments
Good location for accessing the Lake, Coniston itself and the fells.
Alison Aug 26, 2018 Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location, needs some tlc but would definitely return
Bernadette Aug 26, 2018 Bolton, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Easy walks in to coniston either via lake or road / food was superb / nice quiet and completley dog friendly a nice touch
John Aug 23, 2018 Llanybydder, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and excellent food
Andrew Aug 22, 2018 Salisbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, views and the grounds. Front of house staff were very helpful and welcoming. very clean and linen and towels of good quality.
Other Comments
Breakfast was disappointing. Poor selection of food overall and cooked breakfast could be better. Some of the staff got the timings wrong when serving. Coffee was poor quality.
Sarah Aug 20, 2018 Burgess Hill, United Kingdom

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