We spent three nights at Lindeth Howe with our teenage daughters on a special offer package that compared very favourably with the room rack rate, particularly since dinner was included free of charge. Rooms were in good condition, scrupulously clean and very well serviced, with an evening turndown and prompt refilling of anything we used on the well-stocked hospitality trays. We noted the complimentary upgrade to a Superior double, I assume so that we could be next door to our daughters' Standard twin, which was not mentioned but was much appreciated. The pool, spa and fitness facilities are small but adequate, and again clean and modern. The public areas are welcoming and quiet, and the staff were excellent - yes, one or two had the occasional blip with their English, but not in any way that was a problem, and more than made up for by their friendliness and obvious desire to do a good job and make guests as welcome as possible. We liked the way the hotel balances the needs of older and younger guests - a special early high tea is served for small children, and full waiter service is laid on in the library for families dining with little ones, so that the dining room remains a quieter environment for adults and older children, who eat a little later. And the food was really fabulous. I disagree strongly with an earlier comment that it was old-fashioned - yes, it's nouvelle cuisine with a local twist, but really beautifully done, with ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. It's not cheap, but I've paid much more for far worse food, and the five-course table d'hote menu, which changes nightly, was varied, well thought-out, beautifully cooked and presented, and plentiful enough for the healthiest appetite. I'd also hesitate to describe the breakfast as "basic", and I wonder whether that reviewer stuck with the fruit, cereal and juice available self-service, and didn't opt for the cooked and continental selections, which are cooked to order and all included in the one price. My daughters definitely recommend the cooked breakfast! If there was one thing we had to pick on it would be the music in the public areas, which seemed to be confined to a single (admittedly very soothing) selection, which went round and round on a loop about an hour long. We soon got to anticipate the next track, particularly during our leisurely evening dinner, and would suggest investing in a couple more tapes or CDs for variety's sake. However, this is just a niggle. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed Lindeth Howe, would cheerfully recommend it to anyone for a special break, and would happily go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover peaceful surroundings and breathtaking views of the English Lake District at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel. Located within walking distance of the lakeside village of Bowness-on-Windermere, Lindeth Howe overlooks Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the country and the Cumbrian fells beyond.This unique 4 star country house hotel was once owned by the best-loved children's author Beatrix Potter, and boasts 34 beautiful bedrooms, cosy lounges and a fantastic 2 AA Rosette Dining Room which is also open to non residents. Guests are also invited to relax by our indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and indulge themselves in various body treatments and massages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lindeth Howe Country Hotel
- Lindeth Howe Country Windermere
- Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District