Linthwaite House Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Linthwaite House Hotel Bowness-on-Windermere
A Real Country House Treat
We have just returned from a VERY enjoyable stay at an excellent Country House Hotel in the most beautiful setting - in the English Lake District. It was a special occasion for us - a 25th Wedding Anniversary - and we had wanted something special. Linthwaite House Hotel proved to be everything we had wished for - exactly as the promotional brochure had described. Very relaxed and welcoming, excellent food and friendly service.
We would definitely recomend it to others!
Wow! What can I say? An absolutely outstanding hotel, in beautiful settings complete with its own tarn! With acres of scenic gardens it is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away. The food was the most delicious I have ever tasted, and the staff were attentive and cheerful. I was most impressed by my showround, the young lady (Mary I think?) made us feel most welcome and at ease. Staff were also able to advise of local attractions and walks which was helpful. I wholly recommend a short break at Linthwaite and I shall be be back soon!
Fantastic stay! What an experience!
My fiancee and I have just returned from an amazing stay at Linthwaite House. From the moment we arrived everything was perfect - our room was modern and spacious with a glorious lake view; the food was just fantastic, and the staff - well, they couldn't have been more helpful or cheerful (it's nice to be somewhere where people enjoy their work). This hotel promises to be "unstuffy" and it really is. Don't go there if you want a chintzy traditional country house - but if you want good food, great service and complete relaxation, it's a must! (PS: We were so impressed we've booked our wedding there!!)
Still great after 8 years!
My wife and I have just returned from a two-night stay at the Linthwaite, our previous visits being 8 years ago. It now has a new extension and new staff but in all other respects is almost the same. Food is just as excellent - no point even considering going into tacky Bowness- and the lounge, bar and conservatory offer spectacular views. Staff are very friendly and obliging - they'll even give you a fishing rod to use in their own small tarn! Very clean and charming rooms with stereo (they'll lend you CD's), plus usual facilities. Worth a night out just for the food but chances are you'll want to stay as well! Pleased it's still maintained the same high standards and hasn't fallen victim to complacency!
Good hotel, but don't pay full price
I've just returned from a very relaxing midweek break with my fiance at Linthwaite House. Its a great location, 10 minutes walk from Bowness but far enough away to feel secluded. Our room was comfortable if a little small, and the hotel staff were friendly and accomodating. The terrace is a major plus on a sunny evening, there are stunning views over the lake and its a great place to while away a few hours.
The hotel advertised rates of £95 per person including dinner. On laterooms we were able to get a room for £109 per night bed and breakfast (i.e. £55 each). I'd advise against paying the dinner included rate. We ate in the hotel one evening; the food was good but not outstanding and while the staff were pleasant, service was erratic (we were served a bowl of olives containing stones, presumably from a previous diner, when we complained and sent these back, the same bowl, complete with stones, was brought out for the table next to us). All in all dinner is way overpriced at around £40 each. Furthermore there are several good restaurants within a short taxi ride from the hotel.
In conclusion, for us this was a great place to rediscover the beauty of the Lake District, and we really enjoyed our stay, but unless the restaurant improves or lowers prices, go for a bed and breakfast deal.
Aggrieved of Audlem - not Crewe
Have just returned from a two night break with my partner and am disappointed with Linthwaite. The accommodation did not meet with standards of similar hotels which we have stayed in and was therefore, we felt, over priced. Staff were unprofessional at times and we were especially disappointed with the greeting we received. We were unable to park when we arrived due to a wedding reception and so had to park at the front of the Hotel. We asked the Receptionist whether the car could be parked for us once the wedding party had left. She was very curt in her response and informed us that this was 'very american' and that there was no one at the Hotel who was insured to do valet parking. (Imagine our surpise when the information material supplied in our Hotel room stated that valet parking was available!) She then continued to mock the distance we had driven and also the lack of luggage we had brought.! This lady was not nice. This Hotel has the makings of being extra special but it must first identify its staff weaknesses.
A Wonderful Find
Liked the look of Linthwaite's website, and found a good deal, so we booked to go in February (brave people with the Lake's weather reputation!) but were smiled on by the sunshine, and the good fortune of finding this gem of a hotel. After staying at some other pompous country house hotels, Linthwaite is refreshing in its quality but relaxed friendly atmosphere. This isn't a cheap place to stay, but we found a great value offer on their website where you just pay for bed and breakfast and can dine free. Having said that, I've paid the same (and more) amount of money for staying a places not in the same league as Linthwaite. Most liked: views, views, views!, log fires, peace and quiet of the grounds, the gardener (always seems to find time for a chat!), Rachael in reception who gaves us copies of printed walks which start from the hotel's door, amazing decor (no fussy floral prints), dinner - equally good as the one we had at Holbeck Ghyll which has a Michelin star, fantastic breakfast (a great send off), the staff remembering my name - and smiling! Least liked: a difficult one as it really was so good... the speed bumps on the drive on the way in... and having to leave! Hint: go and see Blackwell Arts and Crafts House: it was 10 minutes walk from the hotel and well worth a visit. Hint 2: the conservatory at the hotel is a great place to have a Martini, they make them superbly!
A Fantastic Christmas Again!!
We have just returned from our second Christmas spent at Linthwaite House and have already made a provisional booking for next year. The service was excellent, the managers quickly learned our little foibles and always had a ready smile. The food was excellent, there was a good variety and it was always well cooked. The atmosphere was one of an old country house made ready for Christmas - roaring fires, plenty of food, christmas carols, entertainment and good company. If this wasn't enough there was a host of little extras - christmas present and card left in the room, bowls of fruit and chocolates around the hotel to name but a couple. We can't wait for next year.
Deep, happy sigh!
Where to begin..? Idyllic setting. Lovely rooms with beautiful views.
Cozy, thoughtfully appointed lounges. Magnificent dining. Charming and attentive staff. And a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that trickled down to the guests, who lingered in the bar and lounges in the evenings, chatting amiably with fellow guests before retiring upstairs to their big, comfortable beds ... awakening the next morning to birds chirping in the beautiful gardens outside their windows. Deep, happy sigh.
In the middle of a hectic tour of England, our three-day stay at the Linthwaite was a welcome respite. A chance to relax, have a drink on the sun terrace overlooking the lake, and feel truly pampered. It was therapeutic. And I can't wait to go back.
Doesn't quite hit the mark
We stayed at the Linthwaite for two nights and although it's got all the right ingredients to be a wonderful place to stay, somehow it just misses the mark. It's nice enough and the room was spacious however the bathroom was disappointing and the service was extremely patchy. It's kind of ok but nothing special. We booked via Expedia and got a cheap rate which was good because otherwise we'd have been very disappointed.
The food is regular good, not special good. And as far as we were concerned they should definitely keep the owner out of the restaurant - too loud, too overbearing, too big-headed. Go there if you can get a decent rate but don't pay rack rate whatever you do!
TripAdvisor Reviews Linthwaite House Hotel Bowness-on-Windermere
Travel Blogs from Bowness-on-Windermere
... night and I was asleep but 8.30! Today was a shorter walk with several medium climbs across moors of Heather which is now flowering and really beginning to stand out against the ground. Once again it was dry underfoot, though paving stones much of the way were ******* the feet, particularly after yesterday and unfortunately I have a couple of blisters returning. We had out first glimpses of the North Sea a few times today as we went up and down along the ridges ...
... I am stationed in Bowness. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I must tell you in my opinion, this is a place which is somewhat pretentious and the food, while very interesting, dramatic and tasteful, does not compare to the taste and presentation of the food at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House.
First, the maitre d' was shabbily dressed. Yes, he had a shirt and tie, but they were ill fitting. He looked as if he were dressed ...
... to get there, oh well, we'd better get our walking feet on then! Left the site and walked the 2 miles or so DOWN into Keswick, out the other side through a few fields into Portinscale, gave a little wave to our cottage and followed the signs to the lake, several miles later we arrived at the bottom of Catbells, skirted around this and onto the waters edge, we weren't really sure where the carving was but soon ...
... the centre and have a wander then tea. Chips and a variety of accompaniments later, consumed sitting on a bench in the town centre with a wooden fork, delllllicious, it was back to the campsite. It has clouded over tonight and the wind has got up, not sitting out tonight, so Howard and Debs went back to their tent to watch a bit of Bake Off and we went back to the van for a film. Think it's going rain tomorrow ...
Up to the sun shining, kids playing! Kettle on full English cooked (well French sausages but the rest was English). Left the site around 11am, our aim today was Walla Crag and around Derwentwater. A steady climb to the top left us a pooped out but the view was worth it, the whole of Keswick lay beneath us, with Derwentwater to our left and Bassenthwaite lakes to our right. After the obligatory photos it was back down the other side. At one point Deb slipped and ...