Linthwaite House – Windermere, Cumbria
Linthwaite House, built in 1900 as a private home, is in many ways the perfect Lake District hotel: understatedly elegant and professional but also warmly welcoming and deeply relaxing. And the view over Lake Windermere, with the sun slanting across the water, is simply unbeatable. You’ll find a crackling fire in the hall’s carved mahogany fireplace, beyond which beckons the light, and an airy bar and conservatory, with those mesmerising views. Outside, in the wooded, gently sloping grounds, there’s a tarn with a secluded summerhouse and six Lake Suites, with views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. Take out a rowing boat for breathtaking views of Lake Windermere. Back in the hotel, there are two dining options: the casual Bar and Conservatory and the hotel’s main restaurant, Henrock. Both are overseen by award-winning Chef Simon Rogan and make use of the freshest local Cumbrian ingredients. The bedrooms are the last word in lakeland luxury. Add a croquet lawn, pétanque, outdoor chessboard and fishing on the tarn, and you have a Lake District hotel that ticks all the boxes.
Doubles from £200
+44 (0)15394 88600; leeucollection.com/uk