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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 5 key areas – cleanliness, hospitality, bedrooms, bathrooms and breakfast.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 284 reviews

Charming inn with a great atmosphere, food is a strength

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At a glance

1 Rosette restaurant
Family rooms

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, stone floors and exposed brickwork. Bedrooms differ in size but all are well appointed, with the locally hand-made furniture making the best of the available space. The food has been awarded an AA Rosette 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 junction 36 onto A591 (Ambleside). Follow signs to Hawkshead, in centre of village.

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M6 junction 36
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