Lake District

Waterhead Hotel

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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 5 minutes' drive away

96% (267 Member Ratings)

"Welcoming and friendly staff,smart and comfortable lounge bar and bedroom"
Feb 18, 2017
preston, 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. 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 English 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 check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Children and additional guests: Infant cot/crib and extra bed available on request, free of charge, for children aged 14 and under. This does not include breakfast.

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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96% Positive
(267 Member Reviews)
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
Welcoming and friendly staff,smart and comfortable lounge bar and bedroom
Other Comments
Beautiful hotel in lovely scenic grounds near coniston waters edge and village
Martin Feb 18, 2017 preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely Hotel, staff are friendly and helpful, the standard of food and its presentation was a wonderful surprise. Thoroughly recommended.
EJ Feb 12, 2017 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very much
Other Comments
Excellent staff. Nicely refurbished hotel. Good value.
Julie Feb 11, 2017 Guildford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good location, very good food
Other Comments
Great value for money, comfortable hotel, good food, great location for walks and ferry
Derek Feb 11, 2017 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The good natured staff who provided excellent service with Cumbrian humour. The view of the Old Man of Coniston from the hotel.
Other Comments
Fantastic service by Lottie.
Christopher Feb 09, 2017 Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Value for money
Ian Feb 03, 2017 Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Difficult to pick one thing! Lovely food, staff and idea location
Other Comments
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back. Excellent value deal, great food, nice room with a stunning view and helpful friendly staff, no complaints at all, definitely recommended!
Stephanie Jan 31, 2017 Morecambe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location friendly staff good food!
Other Comments
Great location easy walk to lake conidtonenjoyed a coffee and a snack at the Bluebird cafe on the lake. Great view of the old man of consisting from the restaurant
Barbara Jan 29, 2017 Appley bridge Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious breakfast!
Jayne Jan 27, 2017 Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The meal was lovely
christine Dec 25, 2016 barrow in furness, United Kingdom

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