There is something rather ethereal while driving along the winding roads of Cumbria that lead to Lake Windermere, it feels like you are in another time, another era even, far away from the hustle of real life.
Our UK travel writer Rachel McAlley was invited to stay at the newly revamped Linthwaite House, where she spent a night not only in luxury but surrounded by unique sculptures both inside and outside the hotel.
At the top of a tall Cumbrian hill we found the beautifully presented Linthwaite House, located overlooking Lake Windermere, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is set in acres of pristine maintained gardens, and is surrounded by secret hideaways, walking trails, vast lawns, and is enveloped by a number of unusual sculptures.
Linthwaite House is part of the Leeu Collection portfolio of sophisticated escapes in the UK, South Africa and soon to be in Italy too. Founded by Analjit Singh an international investor, who saw the potential of Linthwaite House, Leeu Collection recently invested over £10m in the refurbishment of this iconic hotel in the Lakes.
The entrance to Linthwaite House is seriously understated with old fashioned, deconstructed sewing machines hanging from the walls, a boot room for dirty wellington boots and walking boots, a subtly hidden reception desk, and a great blazing open fire. A very warm welcoming entrance indeed.
We were happily whisked into the lounge conservatory for welcome drinks, where large open doors lead to the quaint patio and staggeringly wonderful views of Lake Windermere.
Once checked in, and after a short while spent admiring the views and the hotel interiors, we prized ourselves from the conservatory sofas and ventured upstairs to Room 5, a family room perfectly kitted out for our family of three.
Immediately we switched the smart TV to the kids channels for our 7 year old, we then took a few moments to look over the freshly manicured gardens of Linthwaite House, where we spotted a large croquet kit, a boules pitch, and a giant chess board amidst the flowers, plants and trees. Ideal for family fun time during our stay.
I decided it would be rude to not have a bath, so I filled it with scented salts, provided by Linthwaite House’s parent company Leeu Collection, who offer these little treats to each and every guest. There was also a bottle of Leeu Collection’s own South African vineyard wine available to purchase – a nice little extra.
We reserved an early table for dinner at the in-house Italian restaurant Stella, and the front of house team were eager to please all the guests dining. We chose starters, mains and desserts after speaking with the head Maitre d’ who advised us on the specials of the day. Our stand out dish from the menu was the pan-seared scallops served with crispy pancetta and balsamic stewed strawberries – it was delicious.
After cheese and desserts we made our way back to the bedroom for an evening of TV and relaxing in our family room. Our curtains had been drawn, beds turned down, and water placed at the side of our beds – a really nice touch.
A very comfortable night was had by all, and morning arrived with the smell of fresh air and fresh coffee, it was time to head for breakfast.
We took the same table as we had for dinner the previous evening, and the restaurant was filled with international guests, and plenty of fresh juices, cereals, pastries, fresh fruits, and so much more. We ordered coffee, tea and toast while scouring the menu.
Our little one chose a very exciting breakfast, cheese on toast, and she beamed from ear to ear with the prospect of this. We opted for a full Cumbrian breakfast, plus smashed avocado with poached egg on sourdough, and we can honestly say that all three breakfasts were excellent (especially the locally produced black pudding on the full Cumbrian).
We ventured back into the gardens for a short morning walk and to take some photos of the view, the sculptures, and the house itself. Linthwaite House is a truly photogenic location and absolutely Instagram friendly.
It was time to say goodbye to the Lake District, to pack our overnight bags and take the winding roads back down past lake Windermere and on to our next destination. Checkout was as easy as check-in, and the reception team was as lovely as ever.
Thank you to Leeu Collection and Linthwaite House for looking after our every need at their beautiful hotel.
Rachel McAlley was hosted by Linthwaite House. The family room was priced at £405 for 1-night including breakfast, dinner was priced separately and cost £120 (without wine). To book Linthwaite House in the Lake District visit www.linthwaitehouse.com alternatively visit www.leeucollection.com for more information about the company.