We stayed here for the weekend in February 2013 and could not fault anything. It is a small hotel, beautifully appointed with delightful grounds which include a small tarn. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome by staff who were friendly without being familiar, attentive but not overbearing.
When you see rows of brightly coloured wellies in their own shelving in the porch you get a sense of what is coming: no detail is overlooked. The reception feels warm and cosy - the small log fire pays a part here and the lounge has large windows offering a delightful view of Lake Windermere. Seating is cleverly arranged so that, even when you are adjacent to another party you feel in your own space.
There are nooks and crannies everywhere and clever decor including some beautiful etched glass panels on the stairs - all of which provides tasteful surroundings and a peaceful ambience.
We had chosen a "Preferred Room" and had a great view of the lake. The room was spacious enough for a king sized bed and two comfy arm chairs. The bathroom had a bath with shower and an option of dimmed lighting.
The nibbles before dinner are a taste of what is to come - the food is fantastic. We had pigeon to start on the first night which was full of flavour and perfectly cooked. The main course of venison was equally tasty and we just about found room for a pudding which was themed: we had "rhubarb" and "caramel" - delightful. After dinner the bar and lounge areas are great for relaxing with old trunks being used as tables. There is a good selection of magazines and newspapers.
The following morning, after a full english breakfast (sausages are very meaty) we walked from the hotel on a route recommended by Don - one of the BOOTboys. If you are looking for a walk during your visit check out their website which has a link from the hotel site - find it under "explore" or just download the free walks offered. Our route was called "The Windermere Three Peaks" and covered Brant Fell, School Knott and Orrest Head. We were lucky to have sunshine - although it was cold - and the peaks were just high enough to gain sufficient altitude for some spectacular views without challenging us too much.
Back at the hotel we walked around the tarn to loosen off, ordered a well deserved bottle of Prosecco and enjoyed the last of the suns rays.
Although this is not a hotel to visit on a budget we felt it was well worth the cost. Drinks are standard hotel prices and there is a good selection of wines, beers and spirits.
I would definitely return to the Linthwaite and recommend it - whether you stay, have dinner or simply visit for afternoon tea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the Lake District's best country house hotels, but unstuffy! Great views, acres of private grounds, fishing, golf nearby, hiking, walking, extreme sports all within easy access. Great food, from fine dining to the Unstuffy Hamburger! Many wines by the glass and beers from local macro breweries. Lots of staff to pamper you and help you relax. Two rooms have private hot tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Linthwaite Hotel Windermere
- Linthwaite House Hotel
- Linthwaite House Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District