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Linthwaite House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District
In mature gardens and woodland set high above Lake Windermere, the hotel feels beautifully private even though the honey-pots of the lake and Bowness are a five-minute drive away. The Edwardian villa has been extended over the years and is now modernised to provide airy, elegant rooms with a contemporary country-house style. The look is expensive and sleek with the main rooms capitalising on the views, plus there's an exotic collection of modern art and sculptures artfully hung on walls or scattered around the grounds. Food is under the guiding hand of Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, a pioneer of local sourcing and foraging. This is a place for chilling out as much as exploring the Lakes.
It's only a mile from Blackwell, a superb example of the Arts and Crafts style and another house with fabulous lake views.
The hotel is a three-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Bowness, on the Western shores of Lake Windemere.
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
While families are welcome, this is more a place for chilling out than running around, although there are walks - and wellies to borrow - from the hotel. It was lovely to come back to a grown-up drink in the stylish cocktail bar after a day getting wet and wind-blown on a walk.
Service & Facilities
It's great to be able to pull on walking boots and go for a walk straight from the hotel, and then leave them in the porch to dry off afterwards. Dogs are welcomed with a bowl, blanket and treats.
- Coffee house
- Family rooms
- Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk
- Free parking
- Outdoor games
- Rowing boats
While not all rooms have lake views, they do all have a wonderful feeling of serenity, which is beautifully calming. If you've a well-padded wallet, the Lakes Suites in cedar-clad buildings a five-minute walk from the hotel have a cool Scandi style, floor-to-ceiling windows and feel very private.
Classic, Luxury, View and Deluxe Rooms, Junior, Hot Tub, Loft and The Lake suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, walk-in shower, spacious bathrooms for wheelchair access
Food & Drink
Wines are stiffly priced but many are from small, interesting producers plus there's a great selection by the glass if you want to experiment. We love the roasted carrots, cooked sous-vide with roasted black garlic to sticky yumminess.
Henrock: elegant restaurant by Simon Rogan with a focus on local ingredients. Internationally-influenced á la carte menu served daily. Mains from £26. Lunch and afternoon tea available in the Bar & Conservatory.