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The Wild Boar

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This cosy country inn is set in private woodland with walking trails, and has its own microbrewery and smokehouse, and an AA-Rosette restaurant
  • The hotel is a "relaxing retreat" offering a "convivial vibe, hearty dishes [and] thoughtful rooms", according to The Daily Telegraph
  • Bowness and Lake Windermere are about three miles away -- you can go on a cruise on the lake or take a walk up to Orrest Head and admire the view over the lake and the surrounding fells

Enjoyed This
"Wonderful service, staff very helpful and welcoming. Food is fantastic at both breakfast and dinner."
Jul 19, 2019 - Sandbach, United Kingdom
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The Wild Boar is a country inn tucked away in a peaceful corner of the Lake District, surrounded by private woodland with a tarn. The property offers a friendly, relaxed ambiance, and is a short distance away from the popular tourist spots of Windermere and Bowness.

The hotel's name originates from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin, who is said to have slayed a wild boar in the vicinity. A homely atmosphere prevails in the lounge with its wooden panelling and antique furniture, while "staff are efficient and attentive", according to The Daily Telegraph.

The AA-Rosette Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant offers traditional fare, and features dark wood tables set under oak beams. The Brewhouse is the hotel's own microbrewery producing a variety of ales. Guests can use the facilities at the Health Club at Low Wood Bay Resort, the hotel's sister property, which is 20 minutes away by car in Ambleside.

Windermere is regarded as "the queen of Lake District lakes" (Lonely Planet); shoreside Bowness is a less than 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Here you can take a boat cruise from the pier, or a 30-minute walk on marked trails up to Orrest Head to admire the views over the lake and the surrounding fells.

All rooms provide Egyptian cotton bed linen, luxury toiletries, a selection of refreshments including tea and coffee, plus a TV and DVD player. Classic Rooms have double or twin beds, while larger Feature Rooms come with queen- or king-size beds and dressing gowns.  



  • Bar
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 2 and under.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.

The extra bed is available only in the Classic Room.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 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 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.

Enjoyed This
(26 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Wild Boar Inn (part of English Lakes Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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The room was really out dated and small, the service was ok not great and the food was over priced for what it was
Hayley Jul 23, 2019 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful service, staff very helpful and welcoming. Food is fantastic at both breakfast and dinner.
Pauline Jul 19, 2019 Sandbach, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely food, staff nice and friendly especially with our 2 year old. Great location near to a busy Windermere
Alicia Jul 17, 2019 Leek, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The reception staff dealt well with a complication concerning the booking procedure. We were made to feel very welcome and felt overall standards at the hotel were very high.
John Jul 14, 2019 Keighley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food, comfortable rooms, great service!
Mary Jul 10, 2019 Stockport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very satisfactory.
DR GEORGE D Jul 09, 2019 Alnwick, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent room.
Other Comments
At warmer times a lighter duvet would be nice.
Jul 06, 2019 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The place is phenomenal, the food is simply stunning, the staff are amazing.
Other Comments
The place is phenomenal, the food is simply stunning, the staff are amazing. Superb place. Recommended to all of my friends
Barry Jul 02, 2019 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff are incredibly friendly and smiley. Makes a big difference
Kim Jun 26, 2019 Cheadle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food and service- will definitely be going again
Tracy Jun 26, 2019 Selby, United Kingdom

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