Linthwaite Country House Hotel must be one of the most beautifully situated hotels in the country; adjacent to Lake Windermere and enjoying stunning views across the Lake from the grounds, lounges and many bedrooms. It has 14 acres of its own grounds, which even includes its own tarn which guests are free to explore.
It is a small, friendly and cosy hotel, which is tastefully decorated in a modern and sleek way that doesn’t feel fussy or overly formal. We received an extremely warm welcome and were shown around our room with wide-reaching views across the Lake. The room was large, yet cosy, luxurious and indulgent with every detail well designed and thought out. After a long day out exploring the wilds of the Lake District National Park, Linthwaite is a wonderful place to return to, with immaculate bathrooms, thick towels, crisp sheets and even a DVD library to hand to unwind with.
All staff are extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and proactive, yet entirely willing to assist and extremely personable. Linthwaite is a small, independent hotel and offers free use of a local spa, gym and bookable beauty treatments in house, meaning guests can enjoy the intimate feel of a small hotel, yet all the amenities of a larger establishment.
Linthwaite has its own excellent restaurant which is well worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Reservations are made half an hour before you sit down to eat so that you can enjoy watching the sun set in one of the comfortable lounges, or on the terrace if the weather’s fine, accompanied by an aperitif and some delicious homemade nibbles. Special diets are catered for with advance notice, and we were offered a beautifully presented, specially prepared selection of delicious treats to enjoy with our champagne.
There is a tasting menu and an A la Carte menu to choose from, with the main menu offering around four choices for each course. We particularly enjoyed a starter of dressed crab with lemongrass jelly and butternut squash, and a poached fillet of lemon sole for the main course. The wine list is excellent and extensive and staff are extremely knowledgeable and willing to advise when it comes to wine pairings.
Breakfasts are excellent, offering a wide selection of delicious and interesting treats, such as roasted plums, potato rösti with caramelized onions, French toast and homemade smoothies, as well as the more usual offerings.
Linthwaite Country House Hotel is highly recommended as a wonderful place to relax in complete luxury, with superb food in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.