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 5 minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
(239 Member Ratings)
"Accommodation excellent, very friendly staff, lovely surroundings."
Apr 29, 2017
Bradford, 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 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 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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Customer Service available 24 hours

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.

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Enjoyed This
(239 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
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Accommodation excellent, very friendly staff, lovely surroundings.
Susan Apr 29, 2017 Bradford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfort, food and views
Mary Apr 26, 2017 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good was very good
Mrs S A Apr 14, 2017 Stafford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were brilliant and helpful
Other Comments
The food was good and only downfall in our bedroom was the floorboards were so creeky although we had a lovely carpet on top !
Tina Apr 15, 2017 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and view
louise Apr 18, 2017 cumbria, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
the only fault was the door to the room was very stiff and a bedside light didn't work
Sally Apr 20, 2017 Warrington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The lounge is comfortable with Lakeside views. The dining room is adequately furnished but no 'wow' factor. The cooked breakfast was good as was the table d'hôtel dinner. For the cost it was ok.
Other Comments
The Waterhead Hotel is generally a bit jaded. For exale dead flowers on the reception desk.It could do with a good, thorough clean. Our room 11 had dusty skirting boards, the bathroom floor needed a good scrub. The room was functional but only for sleeping. It had a skylight, no window and 1 easy chair. It is obviously run on a tight budget, it could be so much better.
Stuart Apr 05, 2017 Lymm, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
quiet, excellent location.
Other Comments
the evening meal was poor and that is being polite. no hot water in bedroom.
Dorothy Apr 11, 2017 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location and friendliness of the staff.
Other Comments
The food at the hotel was lovely.
Jennifer Apr 14, 2017 Nr Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's location, our room, No.5. and staff.
STEVEN Apr 03, 2017 ROCHDALE, United Kingdom

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