Windermere, United Kingdom

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • It has top-notch food & views of Lake Windermere to match 
  • Dishes in the 2-AA-Rosette restaurant have "tempering robust flavours with elegant presentation", says Square Meal
  • Previous guests include Renée Zellweger, Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon
  • It's an AA Inspectors' Choice property for outstanding levels of hospitality & service

"Holbeck Ghyll is totally stunning all round" -- Square Meal

97% (31 Member Ratings)

"Everything! From the staff to the rooms to the quality of the food. The location goes without saying and the weather was good enough for us to see Windermere!"
Aug 15, 2016
Lancaster, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is between Windermere and Ambleside, close to the village of Troutbeck. There is free parking on site. Windermere train station is around 10 minutes' drive away and has services to Oxenholme, from where trains depart to London Euston. A taxi is around £11-£14, each way.

Rooms & Rates

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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is a former hunting lodge perched above Lake Windermere. It's got accolades galore, including a 2-AA-Rosette, Michelin Guide-listed restaurant, 4 AA Red stars and an extensive wine list which was awarded two out of three stars by The World of Fine Wine in 2015.

On top of that there's a spa with a sauna and a steam room, a gym, a boutique store and a helicopter landing pad in case driving isn't your style.

Eating here is a treat -- expect fresh bread and pastries, fruit, cereals, smoked haddock and local free-range eggs for breakfast. For dinner in the oak-panelled restaurant "foodie heaven is dished up on a plate", says Condé Nast Johansens. There's an award-winning wine list and almost 50 variations of whisky. Port, champagne and cocktails are also on offer.

Bedrooms are split across the main house, The Lodge, which has inter-connecting and dog friendly rooms, and two cottages. The Miss Potter suite has an outdoor hot tub and is where Renée Zellweger stayed while filming the 2006 movie "Miss Potter".

The hotel is a great base from which to explore the local area -- it's halfway between Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, and the town of Windermere is around five minutes by car. Dove Cottage, a 15-minute drive away, is where poet William Wordsworth lived from 1799-1808, during which time he wrote most of his poems. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

Brockhole -- The Lake District Visitor Centre, is a 5-minute drive from the hotel and is a family-focused attraction with landscaped Arts and Crafts gardens, an adventure playground, mini golf, plus bike and boat hire.

Click here for our guide on 101 Things to do in the Lake District.

From the press:

  • "It's all about staggering scenery, culinary genius and profound peace at Holbeck Ghyll" -- Condé Nast Johansens

  • "One of the top dogs in the Lakes dining scene" -- Lancashire Life magazine

  • "Holbeck Ghyll sits high up overlooking the majestic Lake Windermere" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa

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: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib and extra beds are not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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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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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31 Member Reviews
(97% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Everything! From the staff to the rooms to the quality of the food. The location goes without saying and the weather was good enough for us to see Windermere!
Annie Aug 15, 2016 Lancaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Food fab staff attentive
Lisa Aug 02, 2016 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Premises, view, service, location are excellent!
ANDRIY Jul 26, 2016 LondonLondon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The personal attention was great
Other Comments: The additional of a draft pump in the bar would be good
LESLEY Jul 09, 2016 Formby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Room and food
Other Comments: Good service
L Jul 09, 2016 barrow in furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Location
Other Comments: Great room with a lough attached to bedroom so ideal if you have kids
Amar Jul 05, 2016 Ruislip, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Excellent standard of room and high standard of food. If it doesn't have a Michelin star it should. Staff were extremely helpful and very good at making sure guests were looked after.
David Jun 13, 2016 Durham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The relaxing ambience and friendly and caring staff.
Jane May 10, 2016 Oakham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The whole experience, food, accommodation and staff.
Colin May 10, 2016 Egremont, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The room, the food, the atmosphere, the very friendly and helpful staff. It's a fantastic hotel.
Louisa May 07, 2016 London, United Kingdom

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