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Experience the Beatrix Potter magic at Linthwaite House

June 30, 2019

Hotels & SpasLifestyle | by Baldwin Ho

Having stayed at the palatial Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, it was an obvious choice for us to consider visiting Linthwaite House when we were looking for the ultimate staycation in the Lake District. 

The fastest way to get to the Lake District is via Virgin Train: from London Euston to Oxenholme, it took only 2 hours 38 minutes with departures every 2 hours and prices from £48. Although, I would strongly recommend upgrading to first class with spacious seats offering extra legroom and the best part of the journey is the endless array of complimentary food and drinks served directly to your seat including hot meals and alcoholic beverages.

The hotel is situated on a gentle slope with some of the most spectacular views of Lake Windermere you will find in the region. The picturesque village of Bowness-on-Windermere and Lake Windermere is a leisurely stroll or short cycle ride away from the hotel. And one of the most popular attractions in Cumbria: The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is nearby and continually drawing in the tourist crowd.

However, with 14 acres of superbly well-manicured green woodland space, you can be excused for not wanting to leave the hotel grounds. The artwork is not only dotted inside the hotel but throughout the grounds and this comes as no surprise given owner Analjit Singh is an avid art collector. The signature lion sculptures of Leeu Collection are prominently on display as soon as you enter the hotel.

The quaint Edwardian house has been lovingly restored last year, so the historic facade is contrasted with an arty, modern interior. Natural light plays a prominent feature in the building; the conservatory area has floor to ceiling windows so you can enjoy the views of Windermere even when the British weather takes a turn for the worse. 

We stayed in their luxury room which is around 25m squared and has a sumptuous king-sized bed with luxurious linen guaranteeing a dreamy night’s sleep. The bathrobes and towels are some of the fluffiest you will encounter and if you pay slightly more to upgrade to the hot tub suite then you can step into your private enclosed veranda, unwind in a heated hot tub whilst looking into the scenic countryside.

There are plenty of activities on offer here including rowing and fishing on their private tarn, boules, croquet, and outdoor chess or you can borrow their hiking boots to stroll along the idyllic countryside.

Dining is a key part of the Linthwaite experience and their head chef, Gianluca Interranti, has successfully delivered a menu which is Italian with a distinctly Cumbrian twist. Dishes like asparagus cappuccino exemplifies this perfectly with locally grown asparagus complemented with appetising Parmesan foam. There is something to please everyone on the menu, as I enjoyed a tender tasting Cumbrian beef whilst my vegetarian guest was served with a creamy truffle pasta dish. They had a selection of desserts on offer which varied from the light to the most indulgent imaginable, such as classic setteveli tort, which included seven layers of chocolate. I reluctantly opted for the lighter option which was blood orange gele’ with crispy biscuit, almond citrus salad, and a dark chocolate sauce. It did leave a pleasing, sophisticated sweet taste to the palate and a fantastic way to end the evening at Linthwaite House.

If this sounds like your kind of holiday, they actually have staycation offers from time to time which includes 2 nights stay inclusive of a satisfying breakfast (where you can order a full Cumbrian breakfast) and dinner at Stella, their signature restaurant on a night of your choice, so do check out their website.

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