Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

Sarah Richardson
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • The property offers top-notch food and views of Lake Windermere to match 
  • Dishes in the 3-AA-Rosette restaurant have "tempering robust flavours with elegant presentation", says Square Meal
  • Previous guests here include Renée Zellweger, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon
  • The hotel has been awarded four AA Red Stars for outstanding levels of hospitality and service

"Holbeck Ghyll is totally stunning all round" -- Square Meal
Enjoyed This
(42 Member Ratings)
"The fabulous views!"
12. Mar 2018
Blackpool, UK

Map & Directions

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

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 3-AA-Rosette, Michelin Guide-listed restaurant, four AA Red Stars and an extensive wine list which was awarded two out of three stars by The World of Fine Wine in 2017.

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 (on request) 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 and mini golf, plus bike and boat hire.

Check out 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 2017



  • 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds not available.
Infant's cot/crib are available, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: £20 (inclusive of tax, 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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Enjoyed This
(42 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Ltd (t/a Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The fabulous views!
Sharon 12. Mar 2018 Blackpool, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful location overlooking Windermere
Other Comments
Whilst the Travelzoo deal (2 nights in a Luxury Room including 1 dinner) was great value, it would have been nice to see some better value wines on the restaurant wine list.
Kevin 12. Mar 2018 CAMBRIDGE, UK
Enjoyed Most
Views from the lovely bedroom
Brian 11. Mar 2018 barrow in furness, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great comfy bed with crisp white bedding
Other Comments
Excellent food, served by a very attentive restaurant manager, an enjoyable experience.
Gillian 04. Mar 2018 Dalton-in-Furness, UK
Enjoyed Most
Views are magnificent. Traditional hotel with charm and atmosphere.
Other Comments
Service from all members of staff was excellent.
Susan 10. Mar 2018 Lancashire, UK
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed, wecoming, great food and lovely rooms
Rachael 02. Mar 2018 Lancaster, UK
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food, great room with lake view and nice walks from the hotel
David 17. Feb 2018 Lymm, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very welcoming staff, nothing too much trouble, relaxed atmosphere,fabulous food with a great wine list. Our Labrador had lovely time too with dog biscuit treats and a sausage for breakfast.
J 19. Feb 2018 Morpeth, Northumberland, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely, warm atmosphere. Tremendous location. Dinner was excellent.
Other Comments
Breakfast was poor. Totally overcooked. The bacon was like a mini carpet tile - ditto the black pudding.
JOHN 16. Feb 2018 Leeds, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful location with views over Windermere.
Clare 24. Feb 2018 Cardiff, UK

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