Roam Wild: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to The Wild Boar Inn

A Warm Welcome to The Wild Boar Inn in Windermere

Tucked away in the Lake District National Park, en route to the shores of Lake Windermere, lies a charming former coaching inn, The Wild Boar. Its distinctive name is drawn from the Wild Boar of Westmorland, a local legend about a ferocious boar which wreaked havoc on nearby villages in the 13th century, until it was tracked down by Sir Richard de Gilpin.

Today, this historic hotel blends historic character and modern-day creature comforts, with 34 individually designed bedrooms. Its Grill and Smokehouse restaurant is considered a top spot to eat in Windermere and the Inn has its own microbrewery.

Dip into this travel guide and join us on a journey to explore this gem of a hotel and discover why it’s one of the best places to stay in Windermere…


A Cosy Retreat: Traditional Hospitality at its Finest

Picture yourself in a National Park retreat where every detail is considered to ensure an unforgettable Lake District getaway. Perfect for those seeking a touch of elegance amid nature’s beauty.

Situated in a quiet spot just 3 miles from the Lake Windermere ferry crossing, the Wild Boar Inn sets the stage for a truly enchanting break. Escape, unwind and be spoiled. Experience a warm welcome, Cumbrian hospitality at its finest and fabulous food. Step outside into the dramatic, World Heritage Site landscapes of the Lake District. This really is the stuff of memorable romantic getaways.

Being an historic inn, bedrooms at the Wild Boar are all one-of-a-kind. Each offers stylish décor, comfy beds with luxurious bed linen and White Company toiletries. Opt for a Luxury Room and you’ll be lounging in your bathrobe on a king-sized bed, sipping coffee from your Nespresso machine. Freestanding baths also feature in some rooms.

Exploring Nature: Attractions and Outdoor Activities in ‘The Lakes’

Beyond the peaceful confines of The Wild Boar Inn, adventure beckons. There’s a host of outdoor activities around Windermere, from lakeside strolls to adrenaline-pumping pursuits. Embark on a Windermere Lake Cruise or go exploring by kayak or canoe. The natural beauty of the Lake District is your playground. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a history buff, the Lake District has something for everyone. Embrace the outdoors and create memories that last a lifetime. (It’s a dog friendly destination, too, so those memories can include your four-legged friend.)

Home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, and Wastwater, its deepest lake, ‘The Lakes’ showcases some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s inspired renowned artists including Turner and Ruskin, and beloved writers, famously William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Lake Windermere and Bowness are less than 10 minutes from The Wild Boar, while attractions such as Beatrix Potter’s house, Hawkshead or Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage at Grasmere are a further 30 minutes’ drive.

Special Offers and More: The Wild Boar Inn Insider Tips

This country inn harbour’s a secret… 72-acre of ancient woodland climbs the hillside behind the Inn. There are several walking trails, a tarn and wildlife spotting including deer, sparrowhawks and woodpeckers. (You can borrow binoculars and wellies from reception.)

The Wild Boar Inn spoils its guests with plenty of tempting offers. Don’t miss out, unlock the secrets to your next Lake District getaway and discover why this truly is a gem in Windermere’s crown.

Food & Drink: a Delicious Taste of The Lakes

Be sure to book a table in the Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant. Enjoy the theatre of its open kitchen and tuck into delicious seasonal dishes bursting with flavour, colour and locally sourced produce.

When it’s cold outside, warming open fires crackle in the bar. It’s the perfect setting for a laid-back evening and a great place to sample a real ale from the Wild Boar’s own microbrewery. But which to choose? There’s quite a selection – Mad Pig Ale, Hogs “54”, Smoked Porter, Mild Boar and Blonde Boar. For whisky-lovers, the choice is even greater with over 110 on offer and regular whisky tasting evenings.

Don’t forget to leave a space (and an afternoon) to indulge in an ‘afternoon tea with a difference’. The Wild Boar Alternative Afternoon Tea has a distinct twist – pigs in blankets, mini fish & chips and beef sliders included. Fear not, however, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream are still very much a feature!

Wake up to a home-cooked ‘Wild Breakfast’ to get your morning off to a great start. Or pack a Wild Boar picnic for your day touring this beautiful corner of England.

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