Leeu Collection has unveiled more details of the £10 million refurbishment of its Lake District hotel Linthwaite House, which will now reopen in March 2018.
The original intention was for Linthwaite House to start operating again this month, however, with work being completed on new guest rooms – the Woodland Suites – in the property’s extensive gardens in the first quarter of 2018, a decision has now been made to wait until all the work is finished before welcoming guests again from 1 March 2018.
The six Woodland Suites, two of which are interconnecting, feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. With each room averaging 66 square metres, the Suites have an open-plan bedroom (with king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms with a bath and walk-in shower) linking to a large living space with all mod cons. Meanwhile, all the guest rooms in the main building have been completely renovated and now feature luxury amenities and finishes throughout.
At innovative new restaurant, Stella, visitors will be able to sample some of the finest cuisine in the Lake District, influenced by international celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia and her passion for Italian cooking.
Linthwaite House’s popular light-filled Bar & Conservatory, with outstanding views of Lake Windermere, will serve an all-day dining menu (including pizzas), a selection of afternoon teas and cocktails in the evenings.
There have been some notable changes in the manicured grounds, in addition to the construction of the Woodland Suites.
The newly created raised wooden Windermere Deck stands next to Linthwaite’s tranquil private tarn (or small lake) and enjoys views to the north of Lake Windermere and the mountains beyond, providing a magical woodland setting in which to enjoy light meals and early evening drinks.
The new open-plan Garden Cabin bar overlooks the lawn in front of Linthwaite House and provides a sociable space for conversation over drinks. Guests will be able to help themselves to the honesty bar before sinking into a comfortable chair and relaxing while soaking up the Lake District views. Alternatively, they might like to try their hand at a game of boules or chess, making use of the hotel’s giant outdoor chessboard.
A marquee in the grounds will offer a flexible venue for up to 240 people that ‘brings the outdoors in’ and provides a beautiful garden setting no matter what the weather conditions.
All of the interiors have been created by designer Beverley Boswell who has brought the Leeu Collection’s signature style to Linthwaite House; Beverley was also responsible for the interiors at South African sister properties Leeu Estates, Leeu House and Le Quartier Français. Landscape artist Franchesca Watson has been responsible for the new garden design.