Holbeck Ghyll

Built as a hunting lodge for Lord Lonsdale, this ivy-covered Arts and Crafts house stands in extensive grounds that slope down to Lake Windermere. It is managed by Andrew McPherson for the owners, Stephen and Lisa Leahy. 'Highly recommended' by a regular correspondent this year, it is liked for the 'tastefully decorated' rooms, Michelin-starred cooking and 'genuinely friendly' staff. The bedrooms are divided between the main house, a lodge and cottages in the grounds. 'Our room in the lodge, which had access to a shared terrace, was spacious; the bathroom equally so.' Rooms are 'well appointed and well equipped': they have 'ample tea and coffee facilities, a decanter of damson gin; in the bathroom, good toiletries were replenished regularly'. The interiors in the main house have wood carvings and fine stained glass. In the oak-panelled restaurant, chef David McLaughlin's modern menu might include honey-glazed Gloucestershire Old Spot pork belly, spiced carrot, sautéed Scottish langoustine, pea foam. 'Breakfast was relaxed and beautifully served'; there are freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, porridge with cream and honey; local ingredients in the cooked dishes. (David Haigh, and others). Holbeck Ghyll is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • We were last at this hotel some 18 years ago, so we were interested to see how it had changed. Relaxation and walking beckonned. We had a smart, very comfortable and new suite (Buttermere). Staff are all excellent except for one slightly brusque waiter. Dinner was excellent and deserves the Michellin Star. Our only gripe is that, owing to expansion, space in the public rooms is very limited, which makes for tables close together in the restuarant and crowded lounge areas for pre-dinner drinks.

    David Young, 06/05/2014

  • We have been dining/staying at Holbeck Ghyll for some 15 years or so now and have nothing but praise for the way everyone is so welcoming and intent on making our stay seem special, which it always is. Attention to detail is always paramount and the chef and kitchen work wonders with the food.

    Rosemary Garner, 04/03/2013

  • A last-minute get-away and a real treat. A wonderful warm welcome and proper introduction to the hotel and facilities. A delightful afternoon tea in front of a roaring fire. The cottage we stayed in was cosy and warm with the added luxury of a turn-down service and a well- stocked fridge. I cannot fault the accommodation. The breakfast was also top quality, a wide choice and quality ingredients. The reason we chose the hotel was the restaurant, my 13th Michelin star, every bit as good as all the others, exquisite food, delightful, knowledge staff. Perfect luxury and perfect views of the surrounding countryside.

    Helen Hobson, 03/03/2013

  • There is quiet efficiency and staff flexibility and attention to detail about the operation of the hotel. The staff were attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent as befits the Michellin star rating. A nice personal touch was the presence of the General Manager in the lounges and dining rooms instead of some mystical figure ensconced in an ivory tower. We had the most enjoyable stay to celebrate our 61st wedding anniversary. An excellently run hotel.

    Ernest Maxwell, 22/10/2012

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Lake Windermere
The largest natural mere (long, thin lake) in England.
In the village of Grasmere, you're centrally situated for taking on the craggy peaks of Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and the Langdale Pike.

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Contact Details

Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Lane WINDERMERE Cumbria England LA23 1LU


015394 32375

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


25, 1 suitable for disabled, 6 in lodge, 5 in cottages, 2 suites.


all year except first two weeks Jan.


ramp, 2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, small spa, 17-acre grounds (tennis, putting, croquet, jogging track).

Background music

piano in lounges.


not under 8 in restaurant.


allowed in lodge room.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa (charge for credit card use).


[2014] per room B&B 150-390, D,B&B 250-490. Set dinner 68-88 per person. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

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