Lancashire Times
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7:00 AM 28th October 2021

Yorkshire & Windermere Triumph In Best Hotel Awards

The AA has revealed its top UK hotels with the announcement of the latest AA Red Star winners…..and Ripon in North Yorkshire along with Cumbria are topping the list!

The gong’s are given to properties which offer the very best customer experience and the highest levels of service.

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Windermere, Cumbria, along with Ripon’s Grantley Hall in North Yorkshire, have come out tops with a maximum of five Red Stars.

Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Grantley Hall, Ripon
Grantley Hall, Ripon

Grantley Hall is a wonderful fusion of new and old with the original hall dating back to the 17th century.

It opened in July 2019, and boasts award-winning restaurants along with state-of-the-art luxury gym, wellness centre and spa.

Set in stunning grounds with 47 high quality, individually styled bedrooms and suites, there's an array of public areas and lounges so there is always a place to lose yourself in! Expect attentive friendly service with warm Yorkshire hospitality.


Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere, Cumbria
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere

Set in 22 acres of heavenly gardens and woodland near Windermere, the Cunliffe family’s tranquil bolthole is the very essence of an urbane and luxurious retreat, done out in slick contemporary style and not a hint of chintz.

The individually designed bedrooms are spacious and stylish, each with a private sitting area, most with their own patio and outdoor hot tub, and some with private spa facilities.

The welcoming atmosphere is notable and the cosy lounge is perfect for relaxation. Eating in any of the three HRiSHi dining rooms is a must, while Gilpin Spice restaurant is located within the grounds and well worth a visit.

The Lake House situated a mile from the main hotel offers an additional six rooms, spa and stunning lake views.

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Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media said:"As the hospitality industry reopens after a challenging year, it is an honour to announce our latest AA Red Star winners.

"With the public looking forward to travelling further afield once again, it is inspiring to see hotels like these offering impeccable service and exceptional stays, providing guests with a comfortable and reassuring return to the hospitality sector.”