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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 206 reviews

Charming inn with a great atmosphere, food is a strength

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Dinner Award
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The Sun Inn is a charming 17th-century building located in the heart of the peaceful village of Hawkshead on the quieter side of Windermere. It has retained a great deal of original character, with wooden panelling, oak beams, and stone floors, and exposed brickwork. Bedrooms differ in size but are all well appointed and presented, with local hand-made furniture making the best of the available space. Food is very good, and the bar boasts a number of local real ales, with an open fire adding to the charm in the colder months..

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  • Rooms: 8
  • Family rooms: 1

Room rates

  • Child discounts available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 9pm


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Other facilities: Wine/champagne, flowers, chocolates – chargeable
  • Dogs allowed on premises
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome


  • Secure cycle storage

Getting here

M6 junct 36 onto A591 (Ambleside). Follow signs to Hawkshead, in centre of village

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