I booked the hotel as a one night stay for my wife and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary at pretty short notice and this review is a tricky one for 1 major reason; the location dictates the very high prices, as is the case throughout Bowness.
The hotel is a lovely old building that`s very well appointed and maintained, in a beautiful setting. We had a room looking down the fell to Windermere and Belle Isle which obviously goes some way to inflating the price. The rooms were nicely and tastefully decorated, including the bathrooms which in the main tend to let these old buildings down. Big bed, flat screen, empty fridge with supplied water and milk and Molton Brown toiletries, all nice touches. They also have a private Tarn which can be used for Fly Fishing and swimming for braver souls
The staff were excellent, friendly and very professional. We walked down into Bowness for lunch, about a 15 minute walk down the hill and not too taxing. After a pub lunch we got a Taxi back, easy to find by the jetty and around £4.00.
We had booked the dinner package, for which you are assigned a 30 minute time slot for canapés. Dress code is smart for evening dining, but not overly oppressive. The menu isn`t extensive with only 5-6 choices of starter & main, but they will take advance notice of special requirements. We found the dining room to be nicely decorated, with a nice quiet ambience and again the staff were excellent, managing to keep low key but attentive. The food was good, but not outstanding and some of the dishes were trying a bit too hard with so many flavours battling it out on the plate (particularly the starters). The quality of all of the ingredients in every dish we ate was of a very high standard, including the breakfast which was very good. The wine list is extensive and you will find something to suit your taste, if not your wallet.
All things considered this was a really nice experience in a hotel where the staff do actually care and the owner obviously thinks carefully about what you want, when you are spending a not inconsiderable sum of money. I can fully understand why Linthwaite is voted #1 in the location and when you look at what else is available in the same price range (especially when you walk into town past some of the £200+ p/night properties), it actually represents value for money for Bowness. But that`s the biggest issue with the whole area and not specific to Linthwaite House, none of the properties is actually worth the £200 + tariff, but you`re in Bowness and you want quality and you know how much it will cost up front, so the choice is to enjoy or stay at home !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The latest addition to the Leeu Collection portfolio is Linthwaite House, a 30-room country house retreat overlooking Lake Windermere in England’s scenic Lake District. Breathtaking views, private gardens and woodland grounds, and an award-winning restaurant make for an idyllic stay. Linthwaite House will be closed for refurbishment from Monday the 19th of June until Wednesday the 1st of November. Leeu Collection will be upgrading this popular Lake District boutique hotel in order to bring you an even better, more beautiful Linthwaite House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Linthwaite Hotel Windermere
- Linthwaite House Hotel
- Linthwaite House Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District