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The Windermere Hotel



When it comes to selecting your bedroom, you will be spoilt for choice at The Windermere, with Standard, Scenic View, Superior and Premier Rooms all on offer. All of our bedrooms offer a comfortable stay with TVs, en suite facilities and tea and coffee making as standard, but if you’re looking to really make the most of our brilliant location, or if you just want to push the boat out, why not select one of our Premier Rooms? Complete with sumptuous four-poster beds, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and wonderful views, they are the perfect rooms in which to enjoy our impressive setting.
The Windermere Premier Room

The Windermere Premier Room

Often our most luxurious room option. Most Premier Rooms have four-poster beds and spacious en suite bathrooms that have been beautifully re-fitted to accommodate separate bath and shower options. These Premier Rooms normally offer a 32 inch flat screen digital television, as well as a comfortable seating area. The rooms also include a hairdryer and shaving point as well as tea and coffee making facilities. At The Windermere we have two Premier Rooms, both offering outstanding views.


  • Luxurious four-poster bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • 32 inch digital flat screen Television
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating
  • Hairdryer, shaving point and telephone 
The Windermere Superior Room

The Windermere Superior Room

Our Superior Rooms typically have luxurious beds, 26 inch flat screen digital television, and a spacious en suite bathroom with shower over bath. These Superior Rooms also have a hairdryer, shaving point and facilities to make a hot drink.


  • Flat screen Television
  • En suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • Large Rooms
  • Hairdryer, shaving point and telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
The Windermere Standard Room

The Windermere Standard Room

Our standard rooms are the perfect choice if you a looking for simple, crisp comfort. All our rooms have en suite facilities as well as a television, hairdryer, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.


  • En suite
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • The above image represents a typical Standard Room 

Out & About


Where to start with a list of attractions in the Lake District? Suffice to say that if you are a lover of walking, nature, history or the great outdoors in general, you will be spoilt for choice here. Windermere is considered to be the very heart of the Lake District and the perfect base for discovering the area’s plentiful treasures. Windermere town is just a short stroll from the hotel, offering an array of traditional pubs and welcoming eateries, souvenir and antique shops and other sights and attractions to keep any visitor busy.

But it is the sights in and around England’s largest lake that most people come to see. It is an easy 20-minute stroll from the hotel, and the breathtaking views make it a very worthwhile endeavour. Take a cruise on one of the famous launches across to pretty Ambleside, or if you are feeling really adventurous, a kayak is a fantastic way to see the lake (on a calm, sunny day!) Kayak and canoe hire is available at the lakeside in Bowness and other sites around the lake. Below you will find a few other suggestions for sights you may like to see during your stay.

Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events

Planning your trip around a specific event? Maybe you'd just like a bit more inspiration for things to see and do during your stay.

Click here for a guide to what's on when in and around Windermere.

Townend is a striking Lakeland slate farmhouse, set on the side of a hill, and was once home to the Browne family. A 17th century home, it’s now a National Trust property filled with tools, exhibits and furnishings that give an insight into how the Brownes would have lived. This is a family-friendly attraction, complete with plenty for children to enjoy, and staff will regularly light the fire in the original house kitchen. After you’ve viewed the house, you might also want to take a walk around the farm gardens or buy a plant or second-hand book. Visit their website

Hill Top Farm Hill Top
Wonderfully furnished, looking exactly as it did when Beatrix Potter lived, this remarkable 17th century farmhouse was her much-loved home. It’s a time capsule containing all of her favourite things, and is surrounded by the countryside features that inspired her stories and paintings. This National Trust attraction was bought by Beatrix Potter with the money she earned from the Tale of Peter Rabbit. Visitors can enjoy the house and its floral gardens before stopping at the Beatrix Potter shop to buy gifts, souvenirs, books and toys. Nearby, you’ll also find the Beatrix Potter Gallery with her paintings on display. Visit their website

Sizergh Castle Sizergh Castle and Gardens
Sizergh Castle is an imposing medieval building at the gateway to the Lake District, with fort towers and a limestone rock garden. Views over Morecambe Bay, old portraits and antique furnishings are just a few of the appealing features that you’ll have a chance to enjoy. The castle is home to the Strickland family, and includes an on-site café where you can buy light meals made with fresh local produce. The gardens are ideal for walks with woodland, a lake, a pond and orchards. As a National Trust property, the castle also plays host to a variety of events to entertain all ages. Visit their website

Fell Foot Park Fell Foot Park
Located on the dramatic shore of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot Park is an attraction for all ages. Enjoy water sports, picnics and boating in the heart of the Lake District, or buy an ice cream and purchase gifts from the on-site shop. The park grounds are alive with colourful flowers and interesting plants all year, and a café serves a selection of drinks, snacks and light meals.

Muncaster Castle Muncaster Castle and Garden
Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of rhododendrons, along with the World Owl Centre, this sensational castle is said to be haunted and is one of the most popular attractions in Cumbria. Visitors can enjoy this 18th century castle and its extensive surrounding gardens, complete with a maze and playground for youngsters. During your visit, be sure to find the café and gift shop. Visit their website

Holker Hall and Gardens
The home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, Holker Hall is a wonderful stately home set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens and 200 acres of natural parkland. Amongst the grounds you’ll find a walled kitchen garden and an arboretum. Admire impressive Victorian architecture and events that include the Holker Garden Festival. Select local delicacies and savour the flavours of the Lake District by buying farm products from the food hall or dining in the restaurant, before buying souvenirs from Holker Hall’s gift shop. Visit their website




Kendal Road,
LA23 1AL
Telephone: 01539 442 251

Driving Directions

Click Here to view easy directions to The Windermere

By Car

Use the directions above or put our postcode into your Sat Nav. Alternatively, if you are coming by road it’s easy to get to the Windermere Hotel from Junction 36 of the M6 motorway. Exit and take the A590 towards Barrow, Kendal and the A591, continuing until you see signs to Windermere/A591/Kendal. At the roundabout, take the second exit for Windermere and the A591, following the road until you come to the hotel on your right.

Car Parking

The Windermere has its own car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved in advance for £5.00 per day.

By Train

Windermere railway station is a two minute taxi ride away or a five minute walk.



Meal times are another opportunity to enjoy the Windermere's great location. On a clear day you can see over the village to the famous lake beyond from our inviting restaurant. Here you will enjoy your choice of hearty breakfasts and delicious three course dinners during your stay. During the day you can also enjoy a drink and a light meal or snack from our welcoming bar.

Enjoy a la carte dining

A three course table d'hôte dinner menu is offered as standard with all of our half board breaks. If you would like a wider choice at dinner you are welcome to choose from our a la carte menu for a small supplement. Each dish has a different supplement which is displayed on the menu.

Sample Table D'hôte Menu


Pear and Blue Cheese Salad (v)
Blue cheese and poached pear on a bed of seasonal leaves dressed with our house raspberry vinaigrette

French Onion Soup
Hearty onion and beef soup served with a cheese crouton

Grilled Goats Cheese and Walnuts (v)
Served warm on a bed of mixed leaves and drizzled with a raspberry dressing

Main Course

Roast Topside of Beef
Served with chef's bordelaise sauce, Yorkshire pudding and rosemary roast potatoes

Fish Pie
Haddock, salmon and prawns cooked in a white wine cream sauce and topped with fluffy mashed potato

Goats Cheese and Beetroot Tart (v)
A truly perfect combination wrapped in pastry and served with buttered new potatoes


Vanilla Panacotta
A creamy dessert flavoured with raspberries and fruit coulis

Fruit Crumble
Homemade seasonal mixed fruits crumble with custard

A selection of Ice Cream
Served with a crispy wafer

Freshly brewed Douwe Egberts Coffee and Mints

Food Hygiene 5 Star
Meal Times

Tuesday to Friday 7.30am to 9.30am
Saturday to Monday 8am to 10am

Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 8.15pm


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This hotel is ideal for:

  • Walking
  • History
  • Food
  • Nature

The Windermere Hotel

The Windermere is an impressive hotel situated in a commanding position overlooking the town of the same name. Windermere is the most popular and famous destination in the Lake District and our hotel has always been at the heart of it. This historic hotel opened in 1847, at the same time as the railway line to Oxenholme. Today The Windermere is a charming reminder of the era, contrasting its lovely period feel with modern décor and amenities. Read More

Whether you’ve spent your day fell walking, browsing the shops in Windermere or taking a trip across the lake with one of the many boat operators, you’ll find it easy to relax when you come back to the hotel. There is plenty of parking on site, free Wi-Fi in public areas and the convenience of 24 hour reception. Our inviting bar and cosy restaurant provide welcoming relaxation and tasty meals and all of our bedrooms provide for a comfortable stay. For a real treat, seek out one of our two Premier Rooms offering fantastic lake views. But remember to book early – they’re always popular!

At a Glance

  • 70 Bedrooms 
  • Superb views over Windermere 
  • Historic hotel 
  • Unique Premier & Superior rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas 
  • Modern conference & function facilities 
  • 24 hour Reception 
  • Check in time 3 pm 
  • Check out time 10 am 

Get in touch

Photograph of Giles, Hotel Manager of The Windermere Hotel Hotel

Giles, Hotel Manager

A Warm Welcome To The Windermere Hotel…

Windermere the famous centre of The Lake District acts as the perfect base from which to discover the surrounding area by train, bus, bike or car.

The hotel is set on the hillside above the town of Windermere giving beautiful views over the village rooftops, towards the Lake district fells and down towards the Lake itself. Inside, guests can enjoy the bar and restaurant with its lovely period feel, true to its railway heritage.


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What some of our guests have to say…

Customer Rating:

Have just returned from a four night stay at the Windermere Hotel, The food and service was excellent the staff friendly and the Hotel clean and bright. Thanks for the lovely stay

Anne Louise Hyland Wilmshlow, Cheshire
Customer Rating:

We have just returned from a two night break here and really enjoyed it. The food was always hot and there was enough choice to please. ALL the staff are great. The only reason I didn't give the hotel 5 stars is because I didn't like the small lift.

Imelda Watson Leeds
Customer Rating:

Second stay this year, again excellent 2 day break with friends. Weather really bitterly cold but hotel and rooms lovely and warm. Food very good and big thank you to Elaine for decorating our table on Saturday evening when she found out we were celebrating my wife's birthday. Must give a big thank you to Giles and his staff for keeping up a very high standard of accommodation / food and holiday experience. Would recommend hotel to everyone.

Brian Tabern St Helens

Why not make your next meeting, function or conference memorable by holding it amid the scenic backdrop of Windermere and the Lake District.

Our Board Room is perfect for small meetings and conferences. The hotel is situated just 20 minutes from the M6 and 2 minutes from the train station for easy access and there is ample on site parking. The room itself has plenty of natural light thanks to large windows, and can accommodate up to 12 people. The Board Room has been refurbished to a high standard and is ideal for hire during the day or evening. Facilities include a plasma television screen, and we can also supply items such as flip charts and DVD players on request. We can also provide catering from simple teas and coffees to full meal packages.

Call the hotel manager direct on 01539 442251 to book or discuss your requirements. Room hire starts at just £50 per day.