A delightful country-house hotel overlooking Lake Windermere, with utterly romantic views of the surrounding Lake District”
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 Bar & Conservatory (leather sofas, striking artwork, fabulous G&Ts), a wraparound terrace, and an elegant restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, Henrock, serving small plates inspired by his global travels. When done feasting, wander the gardens outside and discover African-inspired sculptures peeping through the foliage. Your inner poet will love it.
- We fell head over heels in love with the views (and so will you)
- The rooms are stylish, comfortable and come with lightening-quick WiFi and high-def smart TVs
- The restaurant Henrock led by Simon Rogan serves produce from his own farm just a few miles away, while the 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
- We visited just after the hotel's £10m refurbishment, when staff were still finessing some minor elements of service
- The hotel's location is utterly romantic, but no longer hosts wedding receptions. (Instead, come here to pop the question!)
- Dogs aren't allowed in the bar or restaurant - you can sit with them on the terrace though
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- Boutique Hotel
- 36 rooms
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Rowing boats
There are 36 rooms and suites. All 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. 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 Luxury and Superior rooms, each offering fantastic panoramas. Similarly impressive is the Lake View Hot Tub Suite, which has lovely garden-views towards Lake Windermere.
Families will love the Fell Suites and Junior Suites. All have king-size beds; pleasingly outdoor hot tubs and lovely views feature too. Standalone cottages, housing 1 Junior Suite and 2 Fell Suites each are set in the secluded, picturesque grounds. Bathrooms come with a bath, walk-in shower, dual sinks and underfloor heating. These suites can also inter-connect and have sofabeds, so are ideal for groups or families travelling together.
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Mineral water
- Satellite TV
Lakeland hotel restaurants often disappoint. Many are too same-same; others fight obsessively to ‘out-gastro’ one another.
Since our visit, acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan has opened Henrock restaurant here, so-called after a rocky outcrop protruding from Windemere. Small plates and sharing dishes take centre stage, showcasing produce from Rogan's 'Our Farm' concept a few miles away in the Cartmel Valley. Expect dishes inspired by his globetrotting adventures such as whole roasted dover sole with shiso salsa verde or Herdwick lamb with date molasses. The restaurant is open for dinner daily until 9.30pm.
The elegant 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 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 and light bites are available from noon until 9.30pm and served in the fabulous Bar & Conservatory, where afternoon tea is also served (between 1pm and 5.45pm). Picnics can be arranged if you’re in the mood for an afternoon’s hiking.
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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- 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.
- Borrow a rowing boat to explore the tarn, or a bicycle to explore the surrounding countryside
- 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 Rydal Water, starting from White Moss Common and 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:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel has family-friendly suites and extra beds. Children are also welcome in the hotel restaurant and a kids menu is available. Cots are available in all rooms except Classic Rooms.
The hotel has bikes to borrow 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 are also lots of local activities to keep the kids amused.
Family friendly accommodation:
The Fell Suites (in standalone cottages in the grounds) and the Fell Suites with Hot Tub have lounge areas with sofas that can be converted into beds for extra sleepers. These rooms can also inter-connect, making them ideal for groups or families travelling together
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children's menus are available from 5pm - 7pm, and are served in the bar only. Kids are welcome in Henrock but no children's menu is available
Kids Activities on site:
- Bicycles to borrow
- 14 acres of gardens and woodland
- Giant chessboard
- Beatrix Potter library
- Rowboats on the lake
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
- Giant cinema screening family movies at the Rheged Centre (near Penrith)
- Wet thrills & spills at Centre Parcs' World of Water (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)
- Hospital: 12.8km (Kendal)
- Shops: 3.2 km (Bowness)
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.
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.
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.
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
- Manchester 150.0 km MAN
- Blackpool 100.0 km BLK
- Beach 30.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.3 km