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Lindeth Fell Country House, Bowness-on-Windmere, Lake District
This elegant country house, on the slopes above Lake Windermere, is more luxury hotel than guest house. Run with great charm and warmth by the Kennedy family, it offers all the right old-fashioned comforts but with a light contemporary touch and meticulous attention to detail. Public rooms, too, maintain the grace of a period house but with an informal feel. Spacious gardens and woodland, which are fun to explore or wildlife-spot, give you a feeling of privacy, and can be enjoyed just as much while tucking into afternoon tea in one of the sitting rooms. It makes a comfortable retreat for both active types and more gentle explorers.
The peacefulness of the setting after a day exploring local sites like Grizedale Forest or Coniston Water is a delight.
Linthwaite House, with a Simon Rogan restaurant, is a 10-minute walk away, while lake cruises and the car-ferry to the western shores are a five-minute drive away.
By car: 1 hour 30 minutes from Manchester, 3 hours from Edinburgh and just under 5 hours from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
We love the window seats in the two sitting rooms that just cry out for you to curl up there with a book and a cuppa. Anyone, of whatever age, who likes a country house style but prefers an informal atmosphere will feel at home.
Service & Facilities
The Kennedys and their staff have the knack of creating a warm, jolly atmosphere while remaining professional.
- Free parking
- Family rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Facilities for disabled guests
While first-floor rooms generally have the widest views, the beamed second-floor rooms are delightfully cosy. We love that all rooms, of whatever category, have the same top-quality 'extras' including coffee machines, digital radios, bathrobes and a small decanter of sherry.
Single, Classic, Superior, Master
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, White Company toiletries, bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, TV, radio, tea and coffee facilities, decanter of sherry
Food & Drink
Dining in here is a real treat. Breakfast hits all the right buttons with freshly squeezed orange juice, Mrs Kennedy's home-made marmalade, soft boiled eggs and soldiers … you just have to smile. The supper plates are beautifully served, and the bar is handsomely stocked, including a good range of malts for winding down the evening.
Breakfast: everything from home-made granola and porridge to poached haddock, omelettes and the full grill.
Dinner: there's no regular evening meal, but it can be ordered if desired. Tradtional British cuisine.