Our reviewer enjoyed glorious Lake District sunshine and a warm welcome at the 4 AA Red Star Linthwaite Hotel in Windermere
Product: Linthwaite House Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JA Phone: 015394 88600 Price: £135.00 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
What is on offer:
A small, privately-owned boutique hotel, furnished with style and comfort but minus chintz and swags. Individually designed bedrooms, some with glorious views of Lake Windermere and hot tubs. First-class attention from a dedicated team of staff who carefully manage to deliver a friendly, professional and unpretentious service. Linthwaite also has a 3 AA Rosette restaurant which is open to non-residents for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The owners' dedicated aim is to be 'the best 'unstuffy' hotel in the Lake District if not the world'.
What our reviewer said:
Spring sunshine, daffodils bobbing their heads in welcome along the roadside and Wordsworth's famous opening line of poetry ringing in my ears. The Lake District was showing off its inspiring beauty to a townie visitor who had previously only loosely enjoyed its tourist delights through the rain, mist and crowds of an August Bank Holiday many years earlier.
This trip was in early April and the weather had decided to be good - in fact the week before there had been an inch of snow outside the hotel's front door. After stopping off in Windermere, for a coffee and a staggering parking fee of £3 for a two hour stay, we drove the short distance to the dazzling white hotel sitting halfway up a hill with a stunning outlook across the lake.
The change of pace from tourist honeypot in Windermere to a haven of peaceful retreat happened as soon as we left the road running alongside the lake.
Built as a private house in 1900, the property has an enviable outlook high above the area and with glorious panoramic views across the lake - Skidaw, the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District, can be seen on the horizon to the right of the hotel.
This is a destination worth the hours of motorway travel and a real tonic for the soul. After a friendly welcome from reception we were shown to our superior standard room with king-sized bed, iPod dock, flat-screen TV on the wall and a modern coal-effect fire beneath. Remote controls for all these mod-cons and the fire could be lit for a cosy-effect at night. By now the heat was rising and the thought of a fire in an already warm room was making me hotter. I later discovered our room had under-floor heating that cannot be altered. It was designed to be economically friendly and I imagine in the colder months it is an added bonus for visitors.
Massage treatments are available in your room with advance booking or guests can take advantage of free access to the spa at the Old England Hotel on Bowness Bay - around one mile from the Linthwaite.
Outside is a tiered terrace with plenty of seating for guests to relax back in - many visitors to the Linthwaite choose to spend all their time in the hotel grounds and it is easy to understand the attraction. If you are escaping the noise and pace of city living why venture outside the gates.
The wildlife on the doorstep included spotting two roe deer crossing the gardens bathed in an early evening sunset, pheasants calling each other, then the distinctive noise of a woodpecker. Just 100 metres from the hotel's front door is a tarn. This natural, spring-fed water is about one-and-a-half acres in size and is stocked with brown trout. An idyllic summer house rests on a raised platform above the water and is a lovely spot to sit and ponder. By following the paths cut through the hotel's grounds you arrive at an area in the woods where you can see all the way up the length of Lake Windermere.
Dinner at the Linthwaite is in a truly romantic setting and wine and canapés on the terrace with the sun going down while considering the dinner menu was a delight.
The hotel prides itself on offering the highest standards of service but it is the friendliness of the staff that makes your stay so enjoyable.
For a special occasion this is the perfect getaway destination… five-star relaxation, comfort, peace and just the right amount of attention when you need it.
- If you like to take your dog away on holiday the hotel offers two dog-friendly rooms which have their own external private entrances. While dogs are not allowed in the hotel's public areas there are 14 acres of grounds to explore and the hotel has a list of dog-friendly pubs for lunch excursions.
- Prices for a short stay in a Standard room start from £135-145 pppn for dinner, room and breakfast
- Single rates available on request