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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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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1727 Reviews
Genteel accommodation in a lovely setting
Reviewed 4 hours ago

We had three nights in a Classic Double Room with a fabulous view over Windermere and Bowness— the hotel is an easy walk to the village centres of both. With its elevated position overlooking rolling lawns and gardens, it is a lovely setting.

Our room was elegant and comfortable, with an excellent bed ( though a queen rather than a king size) and nice bathroom. The large wardrobe was particularly welcome, as were the big fluffy towels.

A highlight of the hotel are the public lounges— several to choose from, with lovely couches and great views— perfect to curl up with a book. A lovely sun terrace is a perfect spot on a sunny day.

The main restaurant is very elegant, and the food very good and reasonably priced for the venue. Breakfast is good, with the usual hot and cold choices. The nice bar serves drinks and coffee all day.

You need to access the two upper floors by stairs rather than lift— staff will assist if you need your case carried.

The clientele while we stayed were mainly the active retired demographic, although there was also a spread of younger couples.

We loved the Lakes District and found Hillthwaite the ideal base from which to explore it.

Excellent stay
Reviewed 15 hours ago

I can not rate the Hillthwaite enough, everything about it was above and beyond any expectations I had of it before my visit. Great location. spectacular views ,room cleaned to a high standard and the food was fabulous. The customer service from the staff is excellent, nothing is too much trouble for them and they went above and beyond to make our stay a pleasurable experience.

What a disappointment
Reviewed 7 days ago

I understand that the hotel is now under new management and I think they must have previously run a prison
We arrived after a very long journey, which was further delayed because when we phoned to say we would be late to be told they were unable to arrange any food of any kind they suggested we should arrange a takeaway or try to find something in Windermere
We were a Party of four, two adults and two teenage children. We had booked via booking.com for two plus double rooms with extra large double beds and were confirmed as 2 PLUS rooms the cost was over 1000 pounds for two nights.
When we arrived a confused night porter couldn’t understand why we had been charged 1000 pounds for the two rooms we had been allocated and said he would sort out the correct price in the morning
It soon became clear why, the were very small certainly not PLUS rooms, one had a normal double and one had a larger bed but the rooms were very cramped and certainly not what we expected.
In the morning I spoke to a very rude lady who told me she had never had a complaint before and the plus meant we had a view of the woods or the lake nothing to do with the room size. I think VIEW might be a better description to add to a room rather than PLUS
One helpful think would be signs to tell you how to get back to reception it is a rabbit Warren plenty of signs to your room number but nothing to reception
I was told Breakfast is served up until 10 but I was told like a schoolchild that no order would accepted after 9.55
breakfast is said to be freshly cooked but on both my mornings the bacon and the sausage had been sitting under a heat lamp for at least an hour we were told you could have your eggs any way you liked and we ordered an omelette and was told they didn’t do omelette !!!
I was told when I asked for afternoon tea “If you want afternoon tea you must book 24 hours before” which seems crazy to be told this on the afternoon you want it
Dinner was served until 9 but they preferred you placed your order by 8.45. We didn’t bother we ate in Windermere which was much more friendly.
At breakfast this morning I sat listening to a waitress who was arguing with her manager about her hours her contract and she made it clear she didn’t want to be there. Not great for a resident to be subjected to there arguments but I get the feeling that staff morale isn’t very good
Tried to book lunch but was told the restaurant was full as they had a booking for 54, a school reunion, which the previous management had stupidly booked - quote
After complaining about the rooms they gave us an additional room for one night when room 58 was cleaned no towels were left and no robes were supplied we took a towel from room 35 to loan to my son
The tin hat was when we arrived after a thoroughly miserable weekend with so many rules we had an email accusing us of stealing the towels and the robes from room 35 I honestly found this unbelievable and insulting but after talking to the unhelpful rude receptionist I was not at all surprised
I think the new management will do a great job of ruining this hotel, they need to take a step back and think about the customers first and stop dreaming up so many ridiculous rules.
If you want a good weekend where you will feel looked after and appreciated please don’t go to Hilltwaite under its new management it’s got a lot to learn.

high quality hotel, perfect for a relaxing break
Reviewed 7 days ago

We had a lovely room with a beautiful view of the Lake.the hotel is exactly as shown on its website Delicious breakfast and well cooked , well- presented dinner, served by a helpful staff .Ben, who is in charge of the restaurant ,looked after us well. Despite the weather (rain and more rain ) we enjoyed our short break and would go back.Only thing that jarred was the music playing in the lounges most of the day.

Spotless luxury
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed in many hotels in this area and this is up there with the best of them. Our room was beautiful, clean and had a touch of luxury. The bed was probably the comfiest bed I’ve slept in. We were given two complimentary bottles of red and white wine. (One glass size) Two bottles of complimentary water was also provided. The views are magnificent and the grounds are bustling with a huge variety of beautiful shrubs, bushes, flowers and trees. The staff at Hillthwaite are extremely friendly, helpful and attentive. Our deep bath and huge walk in shower added to our lovely relaxing stay. Everything was spotless. For breakfast We opted for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs served with a cheddar scone and I would definitely recommend it. The whole hotel and restaurant are decorated to a very high standard. I would highly recommend staying here and look forward to returning.
Thank you Hilthwaite