“Enjoy the watery beauty of England’s Lake District from the comfort of a bijou hotel with a truly personal touch”
When Linthwaite was converted from a family home in 1969 it had just 5 rooms, since then it's grown to 30. The ones to snap up if you can afford it are those with a view of Lake Windermere, or the-top-of-the-pile Loft Suite.
The luxurious but subdued décor was designed with the help of Amanda Rosa, the style guru behind the Malmaison hotels. Fabrics and textures are plush, with contemporary silk cushions, leather lamps, marble-topped tables and sleek wooden bedheads.
Our favourite was first-floor Luxury Lake View Room 4: its picture window has one of the finest panoramas of Windermere, plus a huge bathroom with a stylish egg-shaped tub. Similarly impressive is the Luxury Lake View with Hot Tub (Room 21), which has a bright garden-view bay window and a private veranda with outdoor Jacuzzi.
The Loft Suite 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).
Bathrooms in all but Room 3 have baths - just the thing after a stomp on the fells - and some have TVs so you can watch while you soak. Molton Brown toiletries and waffle robes complete the luxury.
Hotel restaurants often disappoint. This one delights, not only with its top-notch food but with its décor. The formal eating area has tables dressed in crisp white linen and walls hung with abstract photographs of the Lakes; smaller rooms lead off it, offering a bistro feel.
Much of the produce is locally sourced, including Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and corn-fed chicken from Goosnargh in Lancashire. Presentation is precise - verging on the fussy, perhaps, but the quality justifies it.
Breakfast goodies include homemade muesli, freshly squeezed juice and cooked options such as Cumberland sausage, local free-range eggs and French toast with oak-smoked bacon and organic maple syrup. We tried the Scottish kippers, not so local but equally nice, followed by superb homemade croissants.
Lunch is available, either as a bar snack, a 3-course meal or a picnic to take on walks, as is a sumptuous afternoon tea. But the highlight is the 4-course dinner - as it should be at these. Waiters take your order as you sample canapés by the fire in the lounge. We chose sesame- and coriander-crusted tuna and lightly poached salmon with pickled beetroot, followed by pork tenderloin with swede fondant and slow-braised beef with a red wine sauce. All were mouth-wateringly good. Desserts are a little unusual, with plenty of tempting fruit and chocolate options, but we plumped for the selection of excellent Cumbrian cheeses.
If you’re here for a few nights and want to try other places, you're spoiled for choice, just ask the team for the favourite local recommendations.
Children of all ages are welcome, and there's lots to keep them amused locally (see below). Extra beds, cots and children's menus are available at the hotel, but under 7s aren't allowed in the restaurant at dinner (after 7pm).
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Junior (Garden) Suite has a sofabed, as does View Room 8, which is a designated family room.
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.
Keep a close eye on children in the grounds, which have stone steps and a tarn (small lake).