Linthwaite House Hotel

Lake District, Northern England, United Kingdom Book from Book from £180 per night

A newly refurbished country-house hotel overlooking Lake Windermere, with utterly romantic views of the surrounding Lake District
It’s easy to see why poets still flock to the Lakes. The breathtaking scenery and heady atmosphere that floods its vales and hills can stir your soul like no other place in England. But for a truly romantic vision of the Lakes, head for Linthwaite House. Newly re-opened following a £10m refurbishment, this gorgeous Edwardian-era hotel sits on a hilltop overlooking Lake Windermere and provides 14 glorious acres of gardens, woodlands and rolling lawns. There’s even a private lake. Very heaven!

The 36 renovated rooms are certainly luxurious yet reassuringly comfortable. Stylishly designed with lavish kingsize beds, sleek bathrooms (some with underfloor heating) and fully teched-up gadgetry for professional clientele, each elegant room is a haven of relaxation, with views of Windermere, the hotel's gardens or the surrounding fells.

This splendid country-house hotel also boasts a spectacular new Bar & Conservatory (leather sofas, striking artwork, fabulous G&Ts), a wraparound terrace, and a genuinely innovative restaurant, Stella, that serves authentic Italian cuisine with a clever Cumbrian twist. When done feasting, wander the gardens outside and discover African-inspired sculptures peeping through the foliage. Your inner poet will love it.

Highs

  • We fell head over heels in love with the views (and so will you)
  • The newly-refurbished rooms are stylish, comfortable and come with lightening-quick WiFi and high-def smart TVs
  • The innovative new restaurant Stella serves authentic Italian cuisine, while the equally new Bar & Conservatory is the last word in cocktail comfort
  • Hikers will be in heaven. The walking trails provide lakeside strolls, while experienced hikers ascend the Old Man of Coniston, a short drive away
  • We were spellbound by the hotel's magnificent grounds - 14 acres of gardens, lawns and woodlands, plus a private lake

Lows

  • We visited just after the hotel's £10m refurbishment and loved the new Stella restaurant, though staff were still finessing some minor elements of service
  • The gorgeous Bar & Conservatory is a great place to spend the evening, but it doesn't serve food from the small plate menu while the restaurant is open for dinner
  • The hotel's location is utterly romantic, but no longer hosts wedding receptions. (Instead, come here to pop the question!)
  • The 4 new Lake Suites and 2 new Junior Suites are not quite ready, as is the new car park, but these will be fabulous additions when finally completed.

Best time to go

Any time of year is good here - enjoy crackling fires and bracing walks in winter, and alfresco drinks and garden strolls in summer. The lakes and fells are always stunning; we visited in November and loved the vibrant autumn colours. If you want to avoid the traffic, give the summer school holidays a miss.

Our top tips

Take time to explore the hotel's ample grounds, where you'll discover amazing African-themed sculptures peeping out from the foliage.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 30
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Croquet
Room:

Rooms

The 36 rooms and suites range from Classic, Luxury, Deluxe and View Rooms, as well as a Hot Tub Suite and a Loft Suite. 4 new Lake Suites and 2 new Junior Suites will open in late 2018.

All rooms have plush fabrics and sleek bathrooms (some with underfloor heating), plus superb gadgetry - a media hub, lightening-fast WiFi and high definition flat-screen smart TVs.

Snap up the rooms with Windermere views (request this when booking with us). Romantics should choose the divine Loft Suite, which is aimed squarely at honeymooners, with its enormous bath, large open-plan sitting area and telescope for gazing at the stars (though sadly no lake view).

We also loved the Deluxe and Luxury rooms, each offering fantastic panoramas. Similarly impressive is the Hot Tub Suite, which has lovely garden-views towards Lake Windermere.

Families will love the forthcoming Lake Suites and Junior Suites. Two standalone cottages, housing 1 Junior Suite and 2 Lake Suites each are set in the secluded, picturesque grounds of the hotel, with views of Windermere. All have king-size beds and a lounge area with sofabeds for extra sleepers. The bathrooms have a bath, a walk-in shower, dual sinks and underfloor heating. These suites can also inter-lead, making them ideal for groups or families travelling together.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Mineral water
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Lakeland hotel restaurants often disappoint. Many are too same-same; others fight obsessively to ‘out-gastro’ one another. Thankfully, the newly-opened Stella restaurant delights with its top-notch authentic Italian food and wonderful ambiance.

The formal eating area has soothing sage-grey walls and sleek wooden tables paired with plush amber chairs and several cobalt blue corner booths. Tables are punctuated with discreet bronze sculptures from the owner’s private collection. The setting is divine.

Breakfast is served until 10.30am (11am on Sat and Sun) and comes with scrumptious goodies like avocado on rye, salmon & eggs, or the Full Cumbrian - cured bacon, Cumberland sausage, grilled mushrooms, eggs and tasty black pudding. Deliciously filling!

Lunch is available from noon until 2.30pm and served in the fabulous Bar & Conservatory, where afternoon tea is also served. Picnics can be arranged if you’re in the mood for an afternoon’s hiking. On Sundays, lunch is also served in Stella.

Dinner at Stella is a truly romantic affair. Starters include pan-seared scallops, bruschetta and beef tartare; the pasta and risotto offerings include gnocchi, ravioli and pappardelle. Mains, meanwhile, take the culinary spotlight: smoked lamb cutlets, chicken roulade, parmigiana and confit pork belly being standouts. A well-curated wine list is on hand by attentive serving staff. Note, the kitchen closes at 9.45pm.

If you’re here for a few nights and want to try other places, you'll be spoiled for choice. Just ask the friendly staff for their favourite local recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Relax by the hotel's private tarn (small lake) with its Windermere Deck – a large deck on the wall of the tarn that's perfectly situated to enjoy the view north along Windermere.

  • Literature buffs can visit the homes of poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter and, for all you rebels, Thomas De Quincy – author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater

  • Pack a picnic and take a leisurely stroll around the Rydal Cave walk, starting from Moss Common and finishing at Rydall Water before heading into the caves

  • If you're in the mood for golf in beautiful surroundings, Windermere Golf Club is a few yards up the road

  • Visit the Lakes Distillery, Cumbria’s only producer of gin, vodka and their own signature malt. It’s housed in a beautiful Victorian cattle farm and has an award-winning bistro.

  • Go antique shopping! The chocolate box villages surrounding this gorgeous part of the Lake District boast some of the best little vintage stores and curiosity shops in northern England

  • Take a boat ride with Windemere Cruises (the hotel can arrange tickets) and sail from Brockhole to Ambleside, passing the National Trust-owned Wray Castle

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome. There are family-friendly rooms, extra beds and a kids menu available, but under 7s aren't allowed in the restaurant.

The hotel provides bicycles, and there is a giant chessboard, a children's library (Beatrix Potter), boules and croquet, rowboats on the hotel's small lake, a duck pond, and 14 acres of gardens and woodlands to explore (with lots of exciting sculptures peeping out through the foliage). Hunter wellies in various sizes are available, too. There's also lots of local activities to keep the kids amused (see below).

Cots are available for all rooms.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Two standalone cottages, housing 1 Junior Suite and 2 Lake Suites each, are set in the secluded and picturesque grounds of the hotel, and offer views of Lake Windermere. They all have king-size double beds, a lounge area with sofas that can be converted into beds for extra sleepers. The bathrooms have a bath, a walk-in shower, dual sinks and underfloor heating. These rooms can also inter-lead, making them ideal for groups or families travelling together.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Children's menus are available from 5pm - 7pm.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Go Ape high-wire adventure in Grizedale forest
  • Child-friendly pony trekking at Parkfoot and Stockbridge
  • Ostrich and alpaca farms and an outward bound centre near Ullswater
  • Beatrix Potter's house in Far Sawrey and recreations of her stories at the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness
  • Motor Museum (including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Batmobile) in Keswick
  • Giant cinema screening family movies at the Rheged Centre (near Penrith)
  • Wet thrills and spills at Centre Parcs' World of Water (also near Penrith), and all manner of creative classes (drawing, bread making, jewellery making, pottery, wooden toy exhibitions)

Families Should Know:

keep a close eye on small children exploring the grounds, which has a private tarn (small lake).

Distances:

  • the nearest hospital is Kendal, 8 miles, for minor emergencies. Anything serious is Lancaster, 18 miles
  • The nearest town is Bowness, 2 miles
Kid Friendly:

Location

Linthwaite House Hotel is just above the town of Bowness on Windermere, overlooking Lake Windermere, in northwest England's Lake District. It's in the county of Cumbria.

By Air
The nearest major airport is Manchester (150km / 95 miles away), which has many international flights. There’s also a small airport at Blackpool (100km / 60 miles away), with flights from various airports in Europe. For a list of airlines serving these airports, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange a taxi with advance notice. If you pick a taxi up at the airport it’s likely to cost double that. Most guests hire a car and drive - the journey from either of the airports listed above takes just under 2 hours.

By Car
Linthwaite House is a 5-hour drive from London, most of it on the M1 and M6. If you want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations.

By Train
The nearest train station is Windermere (2 miles away), which is served by trains from Oxenholme, near Kendal. You can reach Oxenholme by direct train from London Euston (the journey takes just over 3 hours), as well as Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. See Seat 61 for more details.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.com

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • Manchester 150.0 km MAN
  • Blackpool 100.0 km BLK

Other:

  • Beach 30.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Beautiful place to stay, overlooking the lake. Newly refurbished. Spacious rooms. Food (dinner) was not totally in balance with the rest of the hotel, missed some taste. Breakfast was excellent. Staff very friendly, as well as the manager.

9/10,

Best food we had all week on a foodie holiday. Service was great. The rooms are clean and modern with good bathrooms.

9/10,

We had a wonderful stay at beautiful Linthwaite house last September. We just wish we'd stayed longer, to enjoy the beautiful Lake District. We would love to visit again one day, many happy memories of charming old country house with wonderful dining options.

10/10,

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