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Windermere Hotel, Windermere

Hotel Summary

  • Perfectly situated on a hilltop overlooking the quaint village of Windermere and the beautiful surrounding areas
  • The Hotel was originally called the Riggs Windermere Hotel, named after Thomas Rigg, who built it in 1847
  • A recent refurbishment to the bar and restaurant has left us with a modern look, but the hotel keeps its charm
  • Traditional historic listed building
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About Windermere Hotel

Windermere has been called the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’. With mountains, moors, lakes and tarns it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the splendour of the English countryside, right in the heart of the Lake District.

The Windermere Hotel occupies an excellent location at the head of the village of Windermere itself. Built from traditional Lakeland slate, our hotel is listed by English Heritage, and is one of the oldest hotels in Windermere having opened back in 1847 to coincide with the construction of the local railway.

The hotel’s location is ideal for exploring the local villages of Bowness and Windermere, as well as the beautiful Lake District scenery. Details of a selection of attractions in Windermere and the surrounding area can be found in the Local Attractions section of our website.

Spanning three floors, the Windermere Hotel contains 69 comfortable bedrooms. If you’re looking for that extra special touch, you can choose to upgrade to our stylish new Premier and Superior Rooms. Inside the hotel you’ll find a warm, intimate atmosphere, and the friendliest of welcomes from our highly experienced staff.

This hotel has a car park with a limited amount of priority spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day

Windermere Hotel
Kendal Road
LA23 1AL

Tel: 01539 442251

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Room Type Details

Windermere Hotel 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 both bath and shower options. These large rooms will normally offer a comfortable seating area, 32 inch flat screen digital television, hairdryer and the facilities to make a hot beverage.

  • En-Suite bath, shower and WC
  • Luxurious four-poster bed
  • 32" digital flat screen TV
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating

Windermere Hotel 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 the facilities to make a hot beverage.

  • Flat screen TV
  • En-suite bath, shower and WC
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Windermere Hotel Standard Room

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect from a modern hotel - private facilities, a TV and everything you need to make yourself a hot beverage.

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Colour TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Local Attractions

Places To Visit

  • The World of Beatrix Potter
  • Hilltop Farm
  • Lake Cruises
  • Dove Cottage
  • Holehird Gardens
  • Old Laundry Theatre
  • Aquarium of the lakes
  • Blackwell Arts and Craft House

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13 September 2014

Great Hotel and Staff

Staff really nice and helpful. Food was lovely and choosing your evening meal time was great, as it meant you weren't waiting long for your food. Not enough room to seat everyone in the bar area, but we found the TV room which was quiet and relaxing. Really cold bedroom (rainy weekend) but we asked reception for a heater which was put in our room really quickly. They also put the heater on while we were out for the day, so we returned to a lovely cosy room :) Can't wait for next visit.

N Wilcock

Hemel Hempstead

21 March 2014

Booking Meal Times

We visited the hotel this week for a leisure break. As we always eat around 5pm at home, we like to dine no later than 7pm when away from home. At this hotel one had to book the time for the evening meal at breakfast time. Although we were down for breakfast between 8 and 8.15 am we were always unable to book a time before 7.45. We were told that people were booking the earlier times at 7.30am. Not being in a hurry to go out for the day, we did not wish to have breakfast that early.

Sharron Thomas


14 March 2014

Very Relaxing Break

Having spent five days at this hotel we are very happy to recommend it to others. We have stayed in many Shearings breaks and this really was a comfortable hotel with staff happy to do everything you asked. Having spoken the weekend before we had arranged a room that would suit my limited mobility and this was perfect. A little cold first day but telling reception, we were offered a heater within seconds and that took the chill away so no need for other to moan. Food excellent. Nothing too much.

Kath Cooper


14 February 2014

Nice Hotel

we had a nice stay at the Windermere, the staff were very friendly and our waiter Arped was excellent, the food was good but not great, I had turkey salad on Monday and I was disappointed, the turkey meat was the sliced turkey roll you can buy from any supermarket cheapest range, the rest of the meals were ok, our room was plenty big enough, clean bed and bath room, we found the bar area was not big enough to seat everyone after the evening meal, we walked to the village pub.

Mary and Keith


21 April 2013

Very enjoyable

Had a lovely 5 day break 15 to 19 April at the Windermere hotel. It was central for everything. We got the train only 2 hours from Piccadilly Manchester. It was 5 minutes from hotel little hill. We were greeted by friendly and polite staff. Our room was 222 it was lovely and comfy bed the view from the room was excellent. It was nice and clean. The food was lovely and different choices. Breakfast was lovely too served by lovely waiter called Romman front of house was smiley Elaine great time we had

Mary and Keith

Windermere Hotel

19 April 2013

We had a lovely 5 day break at the Windermere hotel

It was in great location for trains buses shops etc and nice walk down to lake for boat trips. Could not fault the hotel Windermere from arriving the staff were welcoming and polite. It was lovely and clean at reception we were early as we got the train only 2 hrs it was 5 mins away. Left are luggage at reception so we had walk round. Even a Lakeland shop next to station and booths supermarket. Check in at 3 are room was 222 it was lovely scenery was lovely from front window. Evening meal was great to Elaine who showed to our seats was always very jolly and the waiter Romman was great at his job nothing to much trouble. Lovely comfy bed and breakfast was nice to. Could not fault the pleasant staff. Nice place for drink was just down road. Elleray also the spinnery restaurant brentfell rd bowness-on-Windermere was nice welcoming. We had lovely time and would defiantly stay at the Windermere hotel :)

John Gunn


26 March 2013

Nice Break

Hotel convenient for the town centre. Bus and railway station opposite the hotel. Staff very efficient. Good choice of menu, good waiter service. Excellent breakfasts. Staff friendly and helpful. The coach tours were a nice bonus too. Look forward to the next time.

John Gunn


25 March 2013

Four nights stay

Hotel convenient for the town centre. Bus and railway station opposite the hotel. Staff very efficient. Good choice of menu, good waiter service. Excellent breakfasts. Staff friendly and helpful. The coach tours were a nice bonus too. Look forward to the next time.

Glynnis Stirton

Ringwood, Hampshire

20 March 2013

Excellent Midweek Bonus Break

The Windermere Hotel is now my favourite Shearings Hotel. I was particularly impressed by our clean, comfortable Superior front facing bedroom. The hotel was in a perfect location being near the bus stop, railway station, info centre and shops all the way down to Bowness-on-Windermere. The hotel adjoins the uphill pathway to Orrest Head for beautiful views of the Lake on a clear day. The friendly staff were well groomed, polite, helpful & attentive. Thanks for a memorable holiday!

K Caddick


19 March 2013

Brilliant Weekend

It was the first time we have been on a Shearings coach holiday and we are very impressed, had a wonderful stay in the Windermere hotel, everything was excellent, the room, staff and food we cannot fault anything thank you, we will certainly be using shearing holidays again.



5 March 2013

Excelent Stay

Having not been on a coach holiday for many years, we booked this tour with some trepidation. We need not have worried. We travelled with friends and we all had an excellent time. The weather was wonderful, which was totally unexpected. The rooms we were initially allocated were on the ground floor at the rear and were very cramped and dark. We upgraded to rooms with a view over the town and the lake. These were very good. Food excellent, staff excellent and tours excellent. Well done Shearings.



12 February 2013

Excellent Weekend

Just returned from a weekend at the Windermere Hotel. Overview is that it's fabulous value for money. Specifics: - room was clean, warm and comfortable. Public areas were warm and comfortable too. Staff throughout were friendly and helpful. Dining Room is lovely and the food was of a high standard (I had good choices for my GF diet). A most enjoyable weekend.

M Pearn


5 August 2012

Three of us

Hotel clean rooms fine. Food excellent but you need magnifying class to read menu, staff very good but tend to rush you at meal times it felt like it was a race to feed you and get you out. That’s said staff were good. Entertainment was poor and only 3 nights of the week could have done with more as at night very little to do at night. The bar was on the small side and tended to be bit crowed but all in all worth a visit.

Alex Louise


16 February 2012

Time of our lives

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the Windermere Hotel. Thank you for everyone who made our stay so fantastic. The hotel is in a great location and here is loads to do in the surrounding area. The hotel itself with communal areas very popular and busy. The menu was varied with lots of choices and we were full to burst every night!! Special mention to the staff that were so friendly and helpful and gave us lots of advice about the local area. can't wait to come back!!



14 February 2012


Just had a weekend stay at Windermere, food, room and service was all perfect really couldn’t ask for any better. room 32 very clean and spacious. well done shearing for a lovely weekend we will be staying again in summer.


The Wirral

10 January 2012

Should Visit

Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Windermere Hotel. We had a brilliant room with a view over Windermere and on a good day you could see the lake (204). The room was clean and had full bathroom spotless. The food was of high standard and a good choice to. The staff were excellent and were there for any questions or problems that you had. Well done Shearings.......

Tony and Peg


29 November 2011

18-21 November 2011

We had a quiet weekend away to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were very pleased with the Windermere Hotel. Room, staff and food were excellent - could not fault it!!

William J Arnold


21 November 2011

Quality In Abundance

Very Clean & spacious hotel & nothing was a problem for the staff who I have to say are a credit to the hotel. We had a 3 week old baby & hotel provided us with a cot & reserved table for breakfast & evening meals which made life so much easier with the pram. Food was lovely with loads of choices & served with a smile & we even had a free cup of coffee after wards while watching the live entertainment Had an excellent lake view on ground floor Highly recommend & will return in Summer.

Janette Jones

Farnham, Surrey

6 November 2011

Must Visit

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday, we have just returned from a 5-day stay, our room had a wonderful view, was spacious, very modern, clean and comfortable. The food was excellent, and menu very different and upmarket to some of Shearings hotels. The staff was fantastic. If you had a problem they sorted with no bother. I want to go again in the summer. Jim & Jan Jones.

The Laughing Four


15 January 2011

Odd Fellows on Tour

Just returned after an enjoyable weekend walking with a group of thirteen friends. Our room (223) was clean, but shabby in need of redecoration. The staff were excellent attentive and courteous. Food was excellent and varied.

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