Ralph Lauren meets Raffles at top lakeside address
Linthwate House has poetic views over Lake Windermere and the lofty Lake District peaks. Set on an idyllic Wordsworthian hillside, its stylish interiors set off this lovely Edwardian house to a T.
- Pimms on the terrace, with its views of Lake Windermere.
- Popping the question in the little private summerhouse beside the tarn.
- Soaking in the outdoor hot tub of Suite 21.
- Trout fishing, croquet and long walks in wellies.
Hit the Spot
Above the shores of Lake Windermere.
There's a sunny terrace for afternoon tea or cocktails, a wraparound glass-walled conservatory and cosy bar, not to mention lounges with crackling fires in winter.
Good to know
Skip the Windermere weekend crowds by going midweek.
Minimum StayTwo nights at weekends
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingThere is free guest parking
AirportManchester – 88 miles
TrainOxenholme station (Intercity) or Windermere – two miles.
PetsNo dogs allowed
ChildrenWelcome. No children under seven allowed in the restaurant after 7pm.
LocationLinthwaite House Hotel, Crook Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JA, United Kingdom
30 rooms and suites
Rooms in the original house have more of a country feel, while those in the new wing are sleekly contemporary. Some have canopy beds, and all come with fluffy bathrobes and wi-fi. The best have lake views.
Guests are clamouring to stay in Room 21 (a Luxury Lake View room), complete with its own private outdoor hot tub. A second, Preferred Double room also has its own outdoor hot tub. The swishy Loft suite, with its retractable glass ceiling and fabulous egg-shaped bath, also takes some beating.
Eat & Drink
Polished wood floors, tall vases of lilies, a montage of mirrors and beautifully framed photographs set the tone in the Billiard Room and Mirror Room at Linthwaite House. Both dining rooms offer great views of the wooded grounds, and well spaced tables add privacy.
Tuck into roasted quail breast with sweet carrot, glazed shallots and crisp pancetta, followed by venison loin with braised shin, pearl barley broth and pickled pear. Leave room for the tarte tatin with apple crumble icecream. There's an open-to-view kitchen where you can see the kitchen brigade at work. Have drinks on the terrace in summer, with its views over lake Windermere.
Full breakfast is served until 10am. Menu options include fruit smoothies, smoked haddock and veggie options.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Visit William Wordsworth’s former Lakeland homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, cruise on Lake Windermere, hearken back to your childhood Peter Rabbit days by visiting Beatrix Potter’s home Hilltop, or tour the gardens and Lakeland Motor Museum at Holker Hall. And lace up those walking shoes for a day tramping the fells – the views are magnificent.
You can pre-book a special summer's day Wordsworth Picnic at lovely Rydal Mount, the poet's home for 37 years (call 015394 33002). Filled with fresh-baked goodies, hampers makes a great al fresco lunch for a wander around the gardens. There are picnic rugs and tables in the grounds, and a tour of the house is included free of charge.
Indulge in an in-room beauty treatment such as a massage, facial, body wrap, manicure or pedicure.