The Inn on the Lake

Lake Ullswater, Glenridding, CA11 0PE
The Inn on the Lake Outside

With sumptuous bedrooms that offer lake views, immaculate landscaped gardens, and four elegant venues for dining, it’s easy to see why the Inn on the Lake is one of the most popular hotels on Ullswater. Located in the small village of Glenridding, this hotel oozes with luxury and charm, and in addition to the divine interiors, you will find a number of activities available in the hotel’s grounds.

The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Penrith and junction 40 of the M6, and situated at the south-western end of Ullswater – one of the Lake District’s largest body of lakes. Glenridding is a popular walking spot, being one of the start points for an ascent up Helvellyn and Striding Edge, and the hotel is just a few minutes walk from the jetty for the Ullswater Steamers, and from the Glenridding Sailing Centre, where boat hire is available.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Golf Course
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Weddings
  • Wifi


The 47 rooms at the Inn on the Lake certainly have the wow factor, with brightly coloured furnishings and ambient lighting. Relax in a plush chair and enjoy views of Ullswater or the fells of the Helvellyn range. All rooms benefit from en-suite facilities with complimentary Gilchrest and Soames toiletries, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, and a hospitality tray that includes tea, coffee, biscuits and mineral water.

Standard rooms are available that do not have noteworthy views. Alternatively, you can opt for Fell View Rooms, which as the name implies, give views of the Helvellyn range. Lake View rooms are larger, with seating areas overlooking Ullswater, and some include private balconies. For a special treat, choose one of the Luxury Collection Rooms. These rooms benefit from additional amenities, such as a blu-ray player, with films available from reception, DAB radios, and iPod docking stations. Some also include four-poster beds.

The Inn on the Lake Hotel Room

Restaurants & Bars

You are spoilt for choice at the Inn on the Lake when it comes to dining. The Lake View Restaurant boasts of two AA rosettes and features delightful views of Ullswater. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with a seasonal menu. A dress code is in operation, and private dining is also available here.

For light lunches, coffees, teas, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, check out the Lake View Lounge. Sit back on comfortable armchairs and watch the action on the lake whilst you tuck into tapas, sharing boards, sandwiches, or more substantial mains. Afternoon tea is also available here.

The Orangery is a modern addition to the Inn on the Lake and features panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Here you can enjoy light bites, lunches, sharing boards, afternoon tea, and in the evening, a more romantic ambience takes over with main meals and cocktails available.

The Ramblers Bar & Candleroom is located in the grounds of the hotel and, as the name suggests, is very popular with walkers. The bar welcomes children, dogs, and muddy boots, and you will find a great selection of food here – whether you seek something light for lunch or something more substantial following an ascent of Helvellyn. Real ales are also available here.

Additional Facilities & Services

The hotel has extensive grounds that lead right down to the lake shore, where there are three private jetties. Throughout the grounds, you will also find a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course, a croquet lawn, and a children’s playground.

The hotel has four suites that can be used for weddings, conferences, and special events. Weddings can accommodate up to 150 guests and the hotel has a civil wedding license. For conferences, the hotel can accommodate up to 100 delegates and can arrange entertainment and team building activities.

Celebrations at the Inn on the Lake

New Year’s Eve is a special time at the Inn on the Lake, where the hotel staff do all the hard work so you can simply relax and enjoy good food and entertainment. The hotel’s New Year celebration package starts on the 30th December, when on arrival, guests are treated to a gin afternoon tea in the Orangery.

In the evening, there is a four-course meal followed by a lantern walk to the lake with toasted marshmallows. On New Year’s Eve, guests can tuck into a hearty breakfast before joining a treasure hunt in the hotel’s grounds or a guided walk to a local beauty spot. In the afternoon, there is a complimentary lake cruise, with a six-course gala dinner and masquerade ball in the evening, and the music and wine continues into the early hours of the morning. On New Year’s Day, a late brunch is served, followed by the option to join a guided walk. In the evening, there is a four-course dinner and a quiz.


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