Linthwaite House – The Lake District
Hotel Type: A 5* luxury boutique country house surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It is part of the Leeu Collection.
Location: In the heart of England’s Lake District, set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and grounds, overlooking Windermere. To get here you can drive (the M6), fly to Manchester, or take the train all the way to Windermere itself.
Style: Edwardian elegance meets contemporary design
Rooms: 36 rooms & suites split between elegantly understated rooms in the main house and cedar clad suites nestled amongst the grounds.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite rooms are the Fell Suites, being situated in the grounds and not in the main building, they ensure complete relaxation and immersion into the Lake District beauty – plus they’re within strolling distance of the famous swing bench at the viewpoint as well as the tarn. Some of the Fell Suites include a secluded outdoor hot tub, they really cannot be beaten!
Ideal For: Bracing walks, fresh air and some of the best views in the country
Swimming: There are some great spots locally. Hop in the tarn if you are really brave.
Dining: Foraging and farm to fork deliciousness, with Michelin expertise.The restaurant Henrock is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan and showcases natural, seasonal ingredients in a relaxed and elegant setting. Head to The Bar & Conservatory for a cocktail or to sample their all-day dining menu or afternoon tea.
Activities: At the hotel you can play Croquet or Pétanque or outdoor Chess. Explore the private grounds by foot or take out one of the complimentary bicycles. Hire a row boat and pootle about on the tarn. However, we are sure you will want to explore this beautiful region. There is quite possibly every outdoor activity you could wish for here. Serious walkers will love Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, for those looking for something slightly less strenuous there are hundreds of walks in this area. Take a Windermere Lake Cruise to immerse yourself in the full beauty of Windemere. There are breweries to visit, castles to explore, the world of Beatrix Potter to explore, and golf to be played!
Spa: The hotel does not yet have a spa but watch this space.
Children: This is where Swallows and Amazons was set – need we say more?
Furry Friends: There are 3 dog friendly rooms. Dogs are an extra £25 per night which provides them with snacks, the obligatory waste bags, a personalised welcome note. There is also dog shampoo available plus a washing station if they get too muddy whilst out exploring!
Accessibility: The restaurant, bar & conservatory as well as reception are on the ground floor. The ground floor Superior Room is the best room for the less mobile. Just let us know on enquiry, of any requests or requirements you may have in order to ensure an appropriate room is allocated.
Low Season Price From: £230 per night in a Classic Room, with breakfast included.
High Season Price From: £340 per night in a Classic Room, with breakfast included.
Open: All year round!
With a lofty location, in 14 acres of sprawling grounds and sweeping views out over Windermere, Linthwaite House is undoubtedly one of the finest retreats in the Lakes. Built at the turn of the last century, it’s an effortless mix of Edwardian elegance and contemporary design. The interiors are a delightful combination of muted and bold colours with rich textiles and expertly curated artwork, whilst the outside is an evocative tapestry of dramatic lakes and fells. We love the feeling of really getting away from it all here. Relax with a book in the library, wander the grounds and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake District. Friendly and extraordinarily helpful staff are always on hand, and keen to make sure you have everything you need.
Simple, yet elegant, with fabulously rich furnishings and bold modern artwork on the walls, each room and suite is completely individual, with views over the gardens, surrounding fells or Windermere itself. The Classic Rooms are cosy, with a double bed and bathrooms with under floor heating, looking out across the gardens and grounds. The larger Superior Rooms have king size beds and woodland and garden views. The View Rooms are named that for good reason. With a spectacular vista over Windermere or the gardens, with a king size, double or twin beds, you’ll find it hard to draw yourself away from the windows. The even more spacious Luxury Rooms are beautifully styled and come with enormous bathrooms. The Lakeview Hot Tub Suite is rather romantic, but make sure you don’t sit for too long in the tub soaking up the views! The very spacious Loft Suite has a double designer free standing bath and a large living area. If you’re after seclusion and privacy, then go for one of the suites tucked away in a quiet and wooded part of the grounds, a few minutes’ walk from the main house or a golf buggy ride. We love the contemporary styled Junior Suites with Hot Tubs, and the sleek Fell Suites hidden in the trees with their floor to ceiling windows. The latter can interconnect, making them perfect for families. Or go for the Fell Suites with Hot Tub and soak it all in from your own private terrace.
Henrock, named after the rocky outcrop on Windermere, is run by the Michelin starred Simon Rogan. Much of the produce comes from his own farm and kitchen garden in the Cartmel valley close by, and the inspiration comes from around the world. With a huge focus on local and seasonal ingredients it means the à la carte menu is frequently changing. The wine list is equally impressive. The same team have created an all-day menu served in the Bar & Conservatory which features outstanding views of Lake Windermere. Here there is something for everyone – from seasonal cocktails, dishes for any time of day, light snacks to afternoon tea with a Simon Rogan twist. Simon’s flagship renowned restaurant L’Enclume, where his pioneering foraging began, is also not far away.
Families can’t help but be entranced by the Lakes. The sense of freedom is exhilarating and you’ll never have enough time to explore everything there is on offer. Lake cruises and a visit to the home of Beatrix Potter are both magical experiences for younger children, whilst older ones can take on the Treetop Trek at Brockhole. Linthwaite has children’s menus and little ones under eight stay for free.
The phrase “the great outdoors” surely was first coined here! Even the creature comforts of Linthwaite House couldn’t possibly keep you inside for too long. The lakes, fells and forests have long been drawing visitors for its extraordinarily breathtaking scenery. Climbers and cyclists flock here for the hilly challenges, and there are no end of things you can do on each of the lakes – from sailing to paddleboarding, kayaking and of course, swimming. Over the past few years the Lakes have seen an increase in craft breweries, distilleries, cheese makers and a whole host of artisan food produce, and there’s a growing number of farmers markets teeming with local fare. Castles, steam trains and infinite walking trails will surely keep you busy for your stay. And when you don’t want to venture too far, the extensive gardens, grounds and woods that surround Linthwaite are perfect for relaxing in. Wellies and bikes are there for guests to use and boules, croquet and a giant chess set can all be found on the lawns. There’s even a private tarn with a couple of rowing boats to drift about in.
Capitalising upon the beautiful Lakes, Linthawaite have happily engaged with a sustainable ‘farm-to-table’ project. This project helps reduce the distance food travels before it’s served, helping local communities whilst also reducing the carbon footprint of meals.