Location: 15 miles off the M6 (junction 36) set over 14 acres of wooded hilltop gardens, 400 feet above Lake Windermere. Approximately 5 minutes by car from Windermere train station, and a 15 minute walk to Bowness-on-Windermere village.
History: The original lakeland house was built in 1900, and since then has been renovated and extended to add the luxurious loft suite and a further four bedrooms as well as accommodating a new kitchen with viewing window for guests whilst dining.
Room amenities: complete wifi coverage within the hotel, evening bed turn down service, tea/coffee making facilities, Molton Brown toiletries, Sky sports & free view, flat screen TV & DVD player, complimentary DVD & CD library, waffle bathrobes, mini fridge with complimentary soft drinks. Two rooms come with balcony and hot tub (request if preferred.) Ground floor rooms with external entrance are available for guests bringing their dogs for an added £9 per night.
Hotel features: Cosy snug bar offering wines, cocktails as well as a wide range of soft and alcoholic drinks, relaxing lounges with open log fires, conservatory overlooking grounds and Lake Windermere, board games and magazines available for those seeking a relaxing wind down, tourist information room with maps, walking guides and iPad available to check e-mails, a croquet set to take onto the lawns, complimentary fishing on the tarn, Hunter wellies in various sizes to explore the grounds, outdoor patio with sun loungers and a gift shop selling any forgotten toiletries as well as the Linthwaite’s very own cuddly teddy bear.
Pool/spa facilities: Not on site, however guests can make us of the neighbouring Old England’s spa facilities with pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath etc. Alternatively, book to have spa treatments in the luxury of your room (24 hours booking required). There are also numerous jogging routes within the 14.5 acres of maintained grounds.
Restaurant/bar: The hotel boasts 3 AA rosettes for food, putting it in the top 150 restaurants in the UK under Head Chef Chris O’Callaghan’s wing serving “modern British” cuisine. Packages are available with dinner included, offering a choice of the taster menu or four courses off the seasonally selected, locally produced a la carte menu. The Linthwaite is open all day serving breakfast, restaurant/terrace lunches, afternoon tea and dinner to both guests and non-residents. Their is a charming snug bar within the hotel, however you are welcome to have snacks and drinks anywhere in the hotel, allowing you to relax either in front of a roaring fire, or in the conservatory admiring the scenery.
Local attractions: Beatrix Potters’ “Hilltop” attraction is located within Bowness village, Wordsworth’s homes Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are nearby, as well as all over Lake District cycling/touring routes.
Welcome to the Linthwaite House Hotel, a secluded diamond nestled in the hills of Windermere. Be prepared for the traditional lake house to steal your heart and elevate your senses as you escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the picturesque grounds, experiencing nothing short of paradise. On arrival, you are greeted with the faint crackle of a roaring log fire as you enter the homely hallway. Up the sweeping staircase to Room 4, we are staying in a luxury double room with a lake view (rooms have the option of garden or lake view.) It could easily be mistaken for a studio apartment in London, if it wasn’t for the colossal view across Lake Windermere and the surrounding mountains seeping into our room through the window.
Linthwaite House prides itself on providing little touches and experiences you wouldn’t expect, such as the tiny glass bottle of locally soured organic milk in the fridge to accompany the Nespresso coffee machine, the fresh fruit bowl and box of Belgian chocolates on the desk, or the following days weather printed out with current events and exhibitions left on the bed after the evening turn down service. They offer the usual romantic hotel add-ons, such as champagne and roses for your loved one, as well as proposal packages within their lakeside summer house and movie-night packages supplying you with popcorn, ice cream and even champagne to accompany their complimentary DVD library. The latter is ideal for a cosy night in with all the home comforts.
We take advantage of the weather before dusk creeps in, to explore the 14 acres of maintained woodlands surrounding the hotel. By the front door, the Linthwaite offers a rainbow selection of Hunter wellington boots for you to use (always a bonus in good old rainy England) as well as blankets to keep your dog dry! The conservatory is filled with couples winding down over afternoon tea with the weekend papers, whilst during the summer months the terrace is ideal for jugs of Pimms on the sun loungers.
Back to our haven aka Room 4, to get ready for our dinner reservations. The en-suite dazzles you with it’s walk-in waterfall shower, his and hers basins and larger than life bathtub. The novelty of a TV within the mirrored wall, doesn’t ware off, and later provides the perfect lazy Saturday night entertainment from within the bathtub.
Canapés and drinks are served in the lounge before dinner. Fellow guests are on first name basis with the friendly staff, remembering their favourite wines from previous visits, and offering the chef’s specials from the menu. It is the most relaxing pre-dining experience, taking the fuss out of ordering and attending to any dietary requirements with ease. Guests are given the option of a four course a la carte menu with seasonally selected, locally sourced produce, or the tasting menu with various dishes off the a la carte. With a varied choice of roasted leg of venison, smoked beetroot risotto, chargrilled sea bream and roasted partridge breast to name a few, it’s easy to see why the tasting menu is so popular, giving you the chance to try multiple dishes. Our whole dining experience is almost magical with the dishes appearing artistically and tastefully presented. Every component compliments and contrasts the taste buds sensually – the tender venison is given a BBQ’d crunch with the chargrilled salsify, leaving a sweet, fruity, aftertaste from the red cabbage and blackberries. Dessert becomes a struggle, but one we happily take on, trying the local delicacies of Kendal Mint cake in a foam with a rich salted dark chocolate mousse.
The level of service at Linthwaite House Hotel is exceptional, the staff are constantly one step away, yet never intrusive to your special moment. If anything is needed, they are happy to go above and beyond – we had numerous phone calls to the front desk asking for forgotten objects, and they were more than happy to bring them up to the room within seconds. From the detail within decoration in each room, to the detail in personal touches across the hotel, the Linthwaite excels as an lavish establishment providing the greatest gift to guests; perfected luxury for a night.
Rooms & breakfast start from £105 per person, per night. Rooms including dinner and breakfast start from £145 per person, per night. For the luxury double lake view room including dinner and breakfast costs £325 per person, per night. For the full range of rooms and suites available including prices, visit the Linthwaite House Hotel website.