Project Description

The Wild Boar

Set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, with 72 acres of private woodland and a beautiful tarn, this traditional Inn takes its name from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin who bravely fought and killed a ferocious wild boar close by.

“The Wild Boar is a wonderful experience – a real rarity in the hotel business; providing excellent customer service with old-fashioned courtesy, all wrapped-up in a gorgeously historic building in a truly beautiful setting.”

Andrew Lewis via Facebook (August 2019)



The Wild Boar’s fame these days has much more to do with the warmest of welcomes and standard of service complemented by individually designed rooms. The Inn’s restaurant has always been known for its extensive ale and whisky range and flavoursome meals. Head chef, Dylan Evans, takes popular classic dishes and enhances them with Middle-Eastern and Italian influence to create unique plates to re-inspire your palette.

Throughout the year, the Inn hosts several events from whisky clubs to wedding showcases. There’s endless events and activities to enjoy from axe throwing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, the 72 acre woodland, alternative afternoon tea, the microbrewery and smokehouse; there really is something for everyone.


The Wild Boar has 34 individually styled bedrooms with three levels of standard to suit your requirements. Classic and Feature rooms offer everything you would expect from a five star Lake District Inn whilst the Luxury rooms are perfect if you’re looking for additional indulgent features.

Food & Drink

The Wild Boar’s grill and smokehouse is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Oak beamed and cosy by candlelight, the restaurant embraces an ambience for tradition and comfort.

A highly commended wine list is complemented by a choice of over 100 of the finest international single malt whiskies and a range of traditional ales, including some produced in our own onsite microbrewery. Guests can even have their own bottle of whisky or other spirits saved for future visits.

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Offers & Events from The Wild Boar Inn

The Wild Boar has 34 bedrooms which are individually furnished. There are three different types of room to choose from, Classic, Feature, and Luxury.

The Wild Boar is a dog friendly Inn. It charges £20 per Dog per Night for up to two dogs in one room.

Children aged 15 and under sharing a room with 2 full paying adults are charged a nightly supplement. Children are offered the Children’s menu when booked on a Dinner Bed and Breakfast basis. A further charge will apply if the child orders from the main restaurant menu. Children occupying their own rooms are charged at the full adult rate.

To book a stay at The Wild Boar Inn, please click here.


Meet the Chef

Head chef Dylan Evans showcases his passion for flavoursome dishes at The Wild Boar’s Smokehouse & Grill Restaurant. His menu is hugely popular among locals and guests alike.  

Dylan has refreshed classic favourites with inspiration from the Middle East and Italy. He prides himself on creating colourful, aromatic dishes to excite your palette.

Unique Touches

The Wild Boar Inn is renowned for its onsite Smokehouse and microbrewery, the Smokehouse is a massive attraction creating musky, smoky flavours in the meats, fish and cheeses. From the house-cured and smoked Loch Duart salmon, to the in-house peppered wild boar, smoked ox tongue and hand-carved smoked ham deli board; the menu is full of mouth-watering flavour.

Also on offer is a range of diverse vegetarian and vegan dishes bursting with flavour and made with fresh, inspiring produce. Head chef, Dylan Evans, believes in balancing heavier meat dishes with light and healthy salads and meat-free alternatives. He strides away from the cliché vegan dishes and crafts new and quirky creations to re-inspire guests’ palettes.

Striving for excellence, the Boar has created its very own ‘Alternative Afternoon Tea’, this is adapted from time to time but includes favourites such as Pork Scratchings, Mini Fish & Chips, Wild Boar Beef ‘Slider’ and Fruit Scones with Damson Jam & Clotted Cream.

The inn further boasts a collection of over 100 international, single-malt whisky’s and an impressive range of home-brewed, local and traditional ales. Guests can also bring their own bottle of whisky to enjoy on each visit to the Inn. This makes the Inn a truly unique place to drink and dine.

On site activities

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Why not try your hand at clay pigeon shooting with an Instructor at the purpose built shooting range, situated within the hotel’s very own private 72 acre wood.

Axe Throwing – new to The Wild Boar woodlands, this up and coming activity is great for groups.

For more information on any of these, contact Mike on 07814 030249 or email

Out & About

The Wild Boar Inn is perfectly located with several towns only a short drive away, you can be in Bowness in 5 minutes, Windermere in 10 minutes and Kendal in 15 minutes. The area is bursting with activities and places to explore, from low level walks to full day treks, spa days, retail therapy, national trust properties and lake cruises.

Love to golf? Undoubtedly, Windermere Golf Club offers one of the most stunning locations to tee off, with spectacular views over Windermere and the surrounding fells. The club is only 5 minutes from The Wild Boar and is one of the best golf clubs in the country.

Recommended Local Attractions

  • Windermere golf course – 5 mins
  • World of Beatrix Potter – 10 mins
  • Low wood Watersports centre – 15 mins
  • Holker Hall – 30 mins
  • Go Ape! Grizedale – 35 mins

Retail Therapy

  • Windermere Village – 10 mins
  • Bowness Bay – 10 mins
  • Kendal – 15 mins
  • Keswick – 45 mins
  • Carlisle – 70 mins

All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.


The Wild Boar have worked hard to ensure everything is ready to open their doors safely once again and welcome you back.

Pre and post re-opening they are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of both you and their colleagues and have implemented a range of policies and procedures. These have been developed after a careful review of best practice from around the world and are following all government guidelines. 

Please take a look at their keeping you safe plans here

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Crook Road, Windermere, LA23 3NF

T 0333 220 3108

34 Bedrooms

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Dog Friendly 

All bedrooms dog friendly apart from the Overmillbeck Suite with a £20 charge per dog per night (maximum £60 per stay). Maximum of 2 dogs per room. Call to request. Dog welcome letter, menu, bed, towel, bowl and treat provided. Dogs are welcome in the bar but not the restaurant.

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Location of the Wild Boar Inn

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use LA23 3NF

Windermere Railway Station – 15 mins

Kirby Stephen Railway Station – 50 mins

Manchester Airport – 90 mins

Liverpool Airport – 95 mins

Leeds/Bradford Airport – 110 mins