Very Good 1689 Reviews
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What We Love

  • A charming Lake District hotel overlooking Windermere, with fine dining and an indoor poolThe food - refined country fare made with quality, local produce
  • The spectacular views of Lake Windermere
  • The interiors - traditional with a refined and contemporary edge
  • Making the most of the hotel's indoor pool, steam room and sauna

What To Know

  • Located a 15-minute walk from the beach
  • Free parking and WiFi are available
  • Looking to relax? Head to the guest lounge for a log fires and lake views
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A family-run hotel in the Lake District, with splendid views of Windermere - includes breakfast, a dinner and a jug of Pimms

The Lowdown

With an elevated position above the wooded shores of Lake Windermere, Hillthwaite Hotel is all about fresh air, superb food and awe-instilling views. Set in its own pretty gardens with a terrace at the fore, this wholesome country bolt-hole is the perfect place to take a little time out with an indoor pool, a steam room and a sauna on hand.
Within walking distance of quaint Windermere and Bowness, you have the opportunity to explore the Lake District’s picturesque natural scenery, oak-floored inns and rustic-cool gastro pubs. Tuck into local produce while ensconced in smart booths in the Poet’s Bar & Lounge – with its tasteful chandeliers, the lounge feels like a quintessential English sitting room, ideal for taking stock with a cup of tea and a love-worn book. Hillthwaite Hotel carried off a well-deserved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

How to Get There

Hillthwaite Hotel
Thornbarrow Road
Windermere, LA23 2DF United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 1689 Reviews
Romantic Birthday Treat
Reviewed 5 days ago

I booked this hotel as a package deal that included a nights stay, a 3 course evening meal and breakfast as a birthday gift to my partner. We were staying with our dog and were pleased to be given a room that was near to reception for when he needed to go outside. The room was very clean and tastefully decorated, the only thing that let it down was a couple of stains on the bedsheets.We had our evening meal and breakfast in the lounge area as we had our dog with us, and a table was set up ready for us on both occasions. I had made a request in advance if the room could be made up specially with petals on the bed etc and it was which was a lovely surprise for my boyfriend. I had hoped that there would be a ‘dog welcome pack’ in the room as I had seen photos in previous reviews which looked to be a lovely touch however there wasn’t one for us unfortunately - but we had everything we needed with us anyway. We did use the pool and spa facility’s - the steam room worked well ( you do have to press the on button before you get in) and the sauna was nice, however the pool is more for relaxing than swimming. The food we had throughout our stay was beautiful and the staff were very friendly and polite. We would definitely stay here again, and it was lovely to stay somewhere as nice as this and have our dog welcome also.

Birthday treat
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter initially bought me a Christmas gift via buy a gift. It was for afternoon tea for two at Hillthwaite Hotel. My husband decided to combine this with an over night stay for my birthday in February at the same hotel.
We arrived at the hotel at approximately 12 noon. A couple of hours early but we had been told we could use the facilities available. We checked in to the hotel, clean, crisp with beautiful views. We decided to use the pool to break up the time to check in. Sadly the pool isn’t big enough to do a length in. We wandered about in the pool taking in an obstructed view of the lakes, mainly due to a parked car. We left the pool and tried the little steam room. Sadly it didn’t work despite sitting in it for 5 mins. We left and went in to the sauna, this worked and we sat for 10 mins. I said to my husband that I was ready to leave the swim area and joked that I’d have to tell the 5 ladies in the pool I had bagged the changing room. Sadly there are only two changing rooms behind a closed door and a very small area to store your bags. Not good if two or more people want to get changed at the same time. I also didn’t see any changing areas for people in a wheel chair or a parent with a baby. May be they are not welcome in the pool? Any how we dried ourselves off and changed. We decided to have a cocktail in the lounge over looking the lake, very beautiful. Our afternoon tea was served on time, we was seated at 2pm. A lovely dining area. The afternoon tea was lovely thick sliced bread with full and tasty fillings. Gorgeous cakes, tea and Prosecco. At 3pm we went to check in to our room. Check in was running 10 mins late. Straight away the manager offered a complimentary drink. As we hadn’t finished our Prosecco we asked could we have it later to which he replied yes. At 3:10pm we checked in to our room. The room we asked for had views over the lakes, tastefully decorated and stocked with my favourite smells, Noble isle. Un be known to me my husband had rang the hotel prior to ask if the hotel would put some petals on the bed and a card as a kind gesture as it was my birthday. They hadn’t done what was asked..My husband went down to reception and spoke to the manager who was very apologetic...We had booked an evening meal for 8:30pm and decided to venture down stairs at 8pm. As promised a free cocktail/drink was honoured and we both opted for a G&T. We was seated at 8:25pm in a window bay. The staff had placed the petals my husband had asked for on my table and surrounding. A complimentary bottle of wine was given as well, I chose a Sauvignon blanc. The food was delicious. A complimentary starter was also given. On my desert plate the chef wrote Happy Birthday..
The bed was lovely and cosy, the TV stations had lots of choice and the shower was great..
In the morning we had breakfast, again cooked to order plus a buffet choice.
It’s the little things that you appreciate. The errors made where quickly resolved without fuss. People make mistakes but it’s how you rectify them at the end of the day. Would we go back? Most definitely! What would we change? We would stay in room 16 as it has the best views. We also would have a spa day at a near by place as we feel the hotel is lacking this. We still have given it a 5 star review.

Return visit -this time with our Weimaraner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely 2 night stay in the adjacent house accommodation as we had s dog with us . The family room was spacious and just what we wanted as we appreciate not all guests are dog friendly. We were able to enjoy the evening meals in the front lounge which was quiet and we appreciate the effort the staff made to accommodate us despite being away from the dining room . Have to say the cocktails were excellent and really hit the spot . It was great being able to stay somewhere so lovely with our dog . Thank you .

Not what was expected
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here in Feb for 3 nights. The room was lovely, very spacious, 2 TVs and bathroom nicely fitted with a bath, my only criticism would be that the carpet wasnt fitted properly coming out the bathroom and there was no stool to use at the dressing table. The food was fantastic amd well presented, only thing that let it down was a hair in my breakfast on the last day. The service wasnt great, some bar staff were lovely and really welcoming, on the 1st evening one waiter was quite rude when a liquor coffee was ordered to be had with dessert, we were told coffee was in the lounge afterwards yet others had coffee, we asked again and were snapped at only for another waiter to take our order but this didnt come until we finished the meal. The spa facilities were terrible, the pool was small, shallow and freezing cold, tiny sauna and steam room, it looked unfinished and nothing like the photos, the neck massagers were nowhere to be seen and changing facilites were far too small. Upon departure an issue we were faced with was dealt with professionally so thank you for that. This hotel is in the luxury section on some websites but after staying at various other establishments I really wouldn't call it luxury.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is excellent, all facilities are great and the place is clean and tidy. Staff are very welcoming and happy to answer any questions. Not a far walk into Bowness-on-Windermere. Would definitely recommend