The Lake District is rightly famed for its unparalleled views and romantic landscape making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in England. Here are just a few comments from articles that have been written in the press about Linthwaite Country House Hotel
Living Edge, October 2014
Simply Perfect
Forgive me, but I feel a rush of superlatives coming on. However, as each and every one can be used ad infinitum to describe every moment of a stay at Linthwaite House, there's never been a better excuse to come over all gushing. 
Words by Kate Houghton

Linthwaite House is but a five minute drive from Bowness-on-Windermere, which makes it an easy drive from Cheshire. The drive itself (once you've exited the horrible M6, that is) is rather stunning, with the raw beauty of Lakeland filling the senses until you arrive, when you are immediately plunged into an idyll of country house luxury where nothing is left to chance.

We arrive in the middle of the afternoon, spot on for a cream tea in fact, so after being shown to our room (stunning, more on which later!) we immediately repaired to one of the very comfortable drawing rooms and enjoyed freshly baked scones with damson jam and clotted cream. Absolutely beautiful. Next, while I could easily have picked myself a lounger on the terrace outside, with its glorious view across to Lake Windermere, curiosity won out and we headed instead for a stroll around the private tarn within Linthwaite's grounds.

It was at this point that we realised that the watch-words at this glorious place must be 'attention-to-detail', as every aspect of our stroll had been considered: wellies are available (Hunter, of course); the paths are regularly mowed, making it both easy to know where to go and keep feet dry, wellies or not; a petite summerhouse awaits half way along the lake edge, complete with chairs and blankets for weary walkers and a bench has been placed in the perfect spot for a breathtaking view along Lake Windermere. It's the perfect walk for non-walkers - taking 20 minutes and leading straight back to the gorgeous hotel gardens and terrace, where aforementioned loungers await, accompanied by attentive staff bearing G&Ts, should the mood demand. And it did!

After a doze in the sunshine it was deemed time to  move upstairs for a doze in the bath. The rooms at Linthwaite show the same attention to detail as everything else we've seen so far. Beautifully furnished, they wrap you in comfort, but with none of the stuffiness you often get at high end hotels. A soft feather quilt replaces stiff sheets, a comfy sofa the two hard chairs you usually find... and joy of joys, a Nespresso machine and selection of capsules. Add a bathroom filled with Molton Brown goodies and towels so thick they could carpet a lesser room and the job is done.

We should perhaps have been better prepared for the relaxed luxury we were about to experience, being as Linthwaite is part of the small but perfectly formed Unstuffy Hotel Company, which consists of just the one hotel, but pretty much sums up owner Mike Bevan's approach, which is to deliver the ultimate chilled-out hotel experience for guests, which judging by the dazzling list of awards, and my own experience, is exactly what he and his team do.

Linthwaite House offers one of the finest dining rooms you'll find anywhere, not only in the Lake District, where there is some considerable competition. Awarded three AA rosettes, Chef Chris O'Callaghan has created a menu that combines the best of local, seasonal ingredients with the imagination, creativity and ability of a talent that should be far better known.

Unable to make a single selection from the a la carte, we both chose the Tasting Menu... and disappeared into a culinary heaven I never wished to leave. The Tasting Menu mixes dishes from the a la carte menu with Chris's personal selection for the day, which in our case included an amuse bouche of carrot and ginger soup that I could have drunk a vulgar bucket of, never mind a delicate shot glass. Smoked mackerel rillette, carpaccio of beef, sea bream with crab and courgette cannelloni and a roasted rump of Cumbrian lamb all followed, all perfectly matched with delicious wines and perfectly sized to ensure we were able to polish off every last morsel without feeling gluttonous.

Special mention must go to the final dish of all... Salted Chocolate Mousse with Kendal Mint Cake. You really can't visit the Lakes without enjoying some of this traditional, original energy bar... and having it turned into the lightest of foams and laid alongside a rich, deep chocolate mousse, subtly studded with crystals of sea-salt, is perhaps the most perfect way to do it.

Linthwaite House is situated in the perfect position to enjoy the best the Lake District has to offer, and what better way to enjoy it than cruising the country lanes in a vintage car? Lancashire Classic Jaguar Hire has a fabulous collection of classic cars to choose from, and we went for the 1977 Beetle. Well, when I say 'we', I mean me, as my husband rather had his eye on an E-Type! I've always had a thing for Herbie though, so when a stunning cream Beetle pulled up in front of the hotel, my heart did a pitty-pat of pleasure.

Beautifully re-conditioned inside and out, our little 'Ringo' drew admiring glances wherever we went. We chose to cross over the Lake on the ferry, to Hawkshead, and felt positively papped by the number of people taking photos and asking about the car. We didn't admit for one moment it wasn't ours of course... we simply accepted the admiration as our due!

The Lake District isn't so far away, and every time I go I wonder why I don't visit more often. Now I have a very pressing reason to return... more of the unfussy, opposite of stuffy. luxury living that Linthwaite House offers. And Ringo of course... although I suspect the E-Type might win next time!

Sunday Herald, July 2014
In the fast lane to my affections
With the key to a classic convertible, the deep throaty roar of the engine and the dramatic glacial landscape of the Lake District, Susan Barr is smitten.

Some rituals, when performed, can transport you through time and take you to forgotten places. For example, slipping vinyl out of its sleeve and on to the record player. Or the gentle winding of an old watch. Or the thump-thump-thump of the typewriter keys. First there is joy as memories come flooding back. Then there is a sad, wistful smile and contentment washes over us as as remember with affection the mountain of scrunched-up pieces of paper thrown wearily into the bin and crackly old record trundling around as the needle casually bobbed up and down.

So it was with the turning of the key in one car's ignition. A convertible classic car in a gorgeous ruby red and sporting a tasty biscuit-coloured leather interior, Carmen was a cheeky little girl with one aim - to capture hearts. For those of a more practical nature, this was a fully restored 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Cabriolet built on the same chassis as the much loved Beetle.

Carmen may not have power steering, but she did sport an electronic clock and built-in fog lights and this was the fastest production VW of its day, winning much appreciation among car enthusiasts. 

Now it was time for Carmen to work her magic on me. I had arrived well prepared, armed with maps, picnic and headscarf (to avoid the Bridget Jones moment) and, after a brief formal introduction we were left unchaperoned.

Fortune was smiling on us. The sun was beaming through the clouds and Carmen's roof was down, revealing the classic beauty in all her glory.

The rounded, smooth lines of the bodywork was a sharp contrast to modern aerodynamic lines designed to cut through the air and reduce fuel consumption. To rediscover the real joy of driving there had to be sacrifices and an extra visit to the petrol pump seemed a small price to pay.

I had planned a route, but it soon became apparent that  Carmen was taking me on a very different journey. Even hours spent trudging around the muddy fields of classic car shows and admiring the old wrecks lovingly and painstakingly restored to their former glory had failed to prepare me for what lay ahead.

With the turn of the key, the deep, raspy engine fired into life. That was the moment I was transported back to my childhood and memories of our first family car - a light-blue Ford Anglia. It had none of the trappings of modern cars, but oozed character. Sometime just before the appearance of a wistful smile, I remember thinking 'how on earth did we manage without power steering?'

Then I remembered the answer... and the finely honed arm muscles. The steering wheel was big but manageable, the brakes felt strange and the gear lever was tall and lanky, but Carmen was quirky, fun and fantastic to drive.

It was like rummaging in the back of your wardrobe and unearthing that old jumper your Auntie Jean knitted. You know it might not be the height of fashion and the design isn't perfect. You may even have newer jumpers and warmer jumpers. But sometimes that old misshapen jumper just feels right.

Tentatively we ventured on to the roads of the Lake District. They were narrow and tortuous, flanked by old stone houses. Carmen effortlessly coasted round the bends, her compact chassis the perfect match for the winding streets. It was as though this little car had found her spiritual home.

Modern cars are a testament to advancements in engineering that have brought more gizmos than you can shake a stick at. As a classic car, Carmen had different attributes - poise, presence, personality and the ability to turn heads - that brought their own rewards.

She made friends with everyone. Tourists, farmers, shopkeepers and other motorists all admired this little bit of motoring history. Children waved and drivers waited patiently, giving the Karmann priory at junctions. Heading away from civilisation and deep into the dramatic glacial landscape, we were dwarfed by the hills along Kirkstone Pass that leads from Ullswater to Windermere. The car hugged the bends and the engine roared as it climbed, the sounds echoing through the valleys.

Arriving in Windermere, we headed for a well-earned rest at a luxurious country house hotel nestling high above the town with breathtaking views over the lake.

While Carmen sat soaking up the admiring glances from owners of luxury cars twice her size, I indulged in a spot of afternoon tea and a rest in a luxurious suite overlooking some of the sprawling 14 acres of well-manicured grounds.

The old-fashioned standards with the highest quality service combine with modern, well-equipped facilities to earn Linthwaite a fine reputation. Attention to detail really is everything, with staff providing service that is faultless. A particularly impressive touch with the turning-down of beds, with housekeeping leaving a personalised note giving the weather forecast for the following day. Ideal for walkers and those lucky enough to be venturing out in a cheeky little red car. There are even in-room spa treatments available for residents.

Linthwaite House is also the epitome of fine living and fine dining. Head chef Chris O'Callaghan brings a passion for eclectic British food and combines the best of local produce with exact culinary techniques.

It was the taste of luxury, quality and old-fashioned style... and, just like Carmen, the cause of much wistful smiling.
Britain magazine, August 2014
Rural Retreats
Hide away in a cosy inn, or treat yourself to a luxury night in a country hotel - here is our pick of the best places to say. By Ben Grafton

When it comes to places to stay in Cumbria, the region is abundant with traditional pubs and quirky hotels that are testament to the outgoing and welcoming nature of the locals. Most visitors come for the views and the chance to stroll through the Lake District's verdant landscapes, marvelling at the crystal clear waters. For others the region is all about the gastro pubs offering hearty traditional fares and fruity local ales.

One of the region's must-see sights is Hadrian's Wall, the 1,900-year-old Roman construction, which runs 73 miles from Wallsend in the east of England to Bowness-in-Solway in Cumbria in the west. However, throughout Cumbria you'll find so many sites that take you off-the-beaten-track, of the like that inspired the Lake poets, that you will quite literally be spoilt for choice, no matter where you stay.

Linthwaite House Hotel offers the best of the Lake District, with views of Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. The hotel's 14 acres of private gardens make it the ideal place for a short break; accommodation is luxurious, with king-size beds, private balconies and hot tubs available in the Superior and Preferred rooms. The hotel is ideally situated for walking, hiking, cycling or touring this William Wordsworth country, and it is especially renowned for its quality of food; its three AA Rosettes put it in the top 150 restaurants in  Britain. Roasted loin and braised shoulder of lamb, minted peas and chargrilled globe artichoke is a real highlight, while its vegetarian options are on par with anything else on the menu. Rooms from £95 (
Country and Town House, June 2014
In many ways, Linthwaite House, built in 1900 as a private home, is the perfect Lake District hotel: traditional yet also glamorous; professional but also warmly welcoming and deeply relaxing.

And the view over Lake Windermere… how can you beat it? Sometimes, when the sun slants across, it brings tears to the eye. Walk in to the hall, and you’ll find a carved mahogany fireplace with crackling fire, and beyond, unflashy sitting rooms and wrap-around conservatory with those mesmerising views. Outside in the wooded, gently sloping grounds there’s another – mini – lake with a secluded boathouse, perfect for an afternoon’s fishing. Back in the hotel, the glossy bar has a wall of tropical fish and the elegant dining room makes a fine setting for refined, delicious food. Linthwaite House has been privately and caringly owned for nearly 25 years. The bedrooms, two with hot tubs, are the last word in Lakeland luxury. This is a Lake District hotel that ticks all the boxes.

IN THE KNOW Linthwaite is close to Beatrix Potter’s ‘Hilltop’, Wordsworth’s homes and many other historic houses and gardens.
Exquisitely British, June 2014
Mike Bevans, Owner of Linthwaite House Hotel
Claire  Heighway - 17th June 2014

Tell us a bit about Linthwaite House, Mike.
We started Linthwaite in 1990, and wanted it to be the most unstuffy country house hotel in the world. We'd been in the hotel business before, employed by others, but this was our first foray.
I didn't like the preciousness of some of those old fashioned country house hotels. There aren't many left like that now. Most hotels do unstuffy brilliantly.
What makes Linthwaite House unique?
Service. It's what we do.
What's been your biggest challenge?
Maintaining standards. (Believe in kaizen.)
What has been your biggest highlight?
Hotel of the Year in 1995 for the England for Excellence Awards. Finalists included Hintlesham Hall and Hyde Park Hotel, London. And we won!
What or who inspires you?
My first boss, Phil Taylor. Ken McCulloch, the Scottish hotelier, and creator of Malmaison and Dakota brands. I admire also Firmdale Hotels, London; King & Corbin, The Wolseley etc., and the stuff Robin Huston's doing with the Pig brand is tremendous.
Do you have any advice for other hoteliers?
  • Fund it right.
  • Clear goals.
  • Top management team.
  • Remove your 10% weakest everything.
  • Kaisen.
What does your "typical" work day look like?
In no particular order - I talk to the team, meet and greet guests, do boring emails, respond to guests' comments, check the numbers, research the market a lot, and ask myself, “what can we do better?” 
Do you have any favourite British brands?
Firmdale Hotels, Rex Restaurants, The Pig, Dakota, Calcot Manor, and Barnsley House.
What do you think is the important aspect of building a successful hotel?
How do you manage the work/life balance?
It's much easier than it used to be. I have a great team. Like English Rugby, you win a trophy but the team needs to be re-built all the time.
What are your plans for the future?
Travel and be inspired.
Finally, what are your favourite places you can recommend to visitors of Lake Windermere?
  • Blackwell (Arts and Craft House)
  • Allan Bank, Grasmere. A National Trust property - refreshed and unstuffy.
  • FellFoot park, South Windermere.
  • Drunken Duck Inn at Barngates. Best of its kind!
  • Chesters by the River.
  • Waterhead Coffee Shop do a great blueberry scone. It's a little cafe opposite the Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside, right by the Lake. 
  • The bootboys walking site. For great routes around Windermere.
  • Stuart Sports, Bowness. A fine small independent outdoor clothing shop. 
Owner of The Lake District's Linthwaite House Hotel, Mike Bevans chats to us about business, who he's inspired by, and his favourite places to go in Lake Windermere. 
Hello Magazine, June 2014
Best for… pampering and pregnancy

The Hotel: Situated in a picturesque location in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, among the trees above the eastern shores of Lake Windermere, this bijou hotel offers luxury, tranquillity and breathtaking views of the region’s best-known lake. After a day of discovery, sightseeing and exploring the trails, walks and major heritage attractions nearby, relax and unwind with afternoon tea on the terrace – but be sure to save room for dinner at the award winning restaurant serving modern British produce. To make the most of your surroundings, opt for a Lake View Room with hot tub and savour the evening sunset from the steaming tub on your own private deck, with a glass of fizz to hand.
The spa: Guests have complimentary access to The Old England Spa, a fully equipped spa and fitness centre less than a mile away in Bowness-on-Windermere. Linthwaite also offers its own luxurious in-room treatments, including massage, facials and manicures. For the ultimate pregnant pause, expectant mothers past their first trimester should opt for the Thémaé Pregnancy Massage, an indulgent 75-minute treatment designed to alleviate tired muscles and improve circulation.
The stars: Victoria Wood, Steve Coogan, Sally Dynevor and Jonathan Edwards have all been spotted checking in to Linthwaite.
The detail: Rooms at Linthwaite start at £95 per person per night including breakfast. The Babymoon package starts from £234 per person per night, including breakfast, dinner, Herdy babygrow and the Thémaé Pregnancy Massage; visit
Retirement Today, February 2014
Perfect Stay

The Lake District is an iconic destination that has been inspiring visitors for centuries. For those searching for luxury accommodation, fine dining with breathtaking views then Linthwaite House ticks all the boxes for a perfect break. 

The hotel overlooks Lake Windermere with 14 acres of gardens, it has 30 bedrooms ranging from standard doubles to suites but all with luxury fixtures and fittings. The interior of the hotel oozes comfort and hospitality with friendly welcoming staff on hand to cater to ones every need. Our room for the night was The Junior Suite, complete with king size bed, walk-in shower, bath, separate lounge and nespresso coffee machine.

Linthwaite has built a serious reputation as a destination for foodies with chef Chris O'Callaghan gaining 3 AA Rosettes for food, putting it in the top 150 restaurants in the UK. After much deliberation, we decided to opt for the Tasting Menu tempted by a mouth watering array of dishes (there were seven in total) which included smoked venison carpaccio, with parsnip, blackberry and allerdale cheese, roasted duck breast confit leg, with celeriac and poached plum. Pudding included a salt dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate madeline and kendal mint cake. With food of this quality surely it can only be a matter of time before that all important Michelin star is awarded!

Attention to detail can be seen everywhere at the Linthwaite, providing a commitment to guest welfare with unrivalled luxury making it a unique and special stay. 
North West Evening Mail, December 2013
Be prepared to take the pressure out of cooking

There's so much pressure to cook the perfect Christmas dinner, it can take the fun out of the occasion for whoever's in charge. For tips on how to achieve impressive results, without the stress, Jo Davies speaks to head chef Chris O'Callaghan

After 16 years in the industry, head chef Chris O'Callaghan knows everything there is to know about preparing the perfect Christmas dinner.

Christmas Day for Chris and his colleagues will involve 15 hours in the kitchen preparing food of the highest standard for guests at Linthwaite House, overlooking Windermere.

The award-winning Lake District restaurant serves 'modern British' food, and guests staying this Christmas can look forward to a gin and tonic salmon starter with a tonic water sorbet and a ballotine of turkey among the innovative dishes on offer.

But when he's not cooking for a crowd, the 31-year-old, who learnt his trade from one of the top British chefs, Alan Murchinson, likes to keep it simple.

Describing his perfect Christmas dinner Chris says, "I'd have duck over turkey every day, with a nice bit of carrot and suede and roasted veg.

"I wouldn't go doing what we do in the restaurant. I'd do something really simple and quite straight forward.

"I wouldn't have a lot because I'd have some nice cheeses afterwards as well."

For a break from traditional turkey, Chris has suggested a delicious duck recipe which should form a stunning centrepiece of your Christmas dinner, along with tips about how to avoid a last-minute panic. 

In this hectic period his first piece of advice is to become a savvy shopper. "Things like carrots, parsnips, potatoes - you can get them the week before," he says.

"With the supermarkets being open 24 hours use it to your advantage. Go when it's quieter which makes it a bit easier to select the best produce. You can get produce every day up to Christmas."

"Chris's advice is buy the best produce you can. "If it's got a high water content it's going to taste quite watery and the flavour is going to be dumbed down," explains Chris. "If it's grown organically it's going to be reflected in the taste."

And for people whose memories of bland, tasteless boiled sprouts have put them off forever, it might be time to give our homegrown Brussels another try. "Brussels sprouts used to be quite bitter but the main growers in the UK have bred most of the bitterness out of them now," explains Chris. "The actual flavour has changed over the last decade."

Linthwaite House buys only British produce, and from Cumbria or the surrounding counties where possible. "You don't have to do turkey for Christmas," he says. "We use Goosnargh duck and Lakes Speciality Foods is our butcher, but you can get good Barbary duck breasts which will suffice for Christmas day and will be more cost effective.

"If you render the fat down and cook it low on the skin side and remove the fat by cooking it slow you can use the fat to roast the potatoes. "The legs are quite greasy and fatty but the breast you can crisp up and there's nothing better than crispy duck."

If you can prepare the vegetables and meat in advance it will free up time on Christmas Day. "Get yourself ready," advises Chris. "Try and do as much as you can during the day, or a couple of days before. You can get your meats prepared to go into the oven the day before, you can prepare the veg the day before and you can make the stock two or three days before. It might mean doing stuff on Christmas Eve, but it's better than doing it on Christmas Day."
The Scotsman, September 2013
Instead of whisky, southern comfort

Stuart Farquhar seeks shelter in the Lake District and finds a gem

"Go south, young man," (sort-of) said my meteorology-minded father when I asked him where my partner and I should escape to for a weekend break. I had wanted to go north, to climb mountains and drink whisky, but low pressure sweeping down from Iceland spelled rain in the Highlands. "Try the Lake District," he said. "It's like Scotland, but greener."

He was right. My partner and I rolled into Bowness on Windermere on a cloudy but dry Saturday afternoon. Several thousand people from all corners of the globe had clearly had the same idea, attracted perhaps by the rewarding hiking scenery, the waterspouts on Lake Windermere or maybe just the homely charm of the town itself.

With the countryside around Bowness can be joyfully serene and people-free, the town can fur into a heaving swell of tourists if you arrive at the same time as a fleet of coaches. Take a steep and staggeringly narrow road up from the shops and restaurants, though, and you can escape the hubbub to find a luxurious sanctuary nestling in the verdant wooded slopes above Lake Windermere. 

Linthwaite House Hotel proved to be the ideal base for our weekend in the Lakes. The Tudor-style building, which enjoys stunning vistas over Lake Windermere, seems quintessentially English, surrounded as it is by a country garden complete with croquet lawn. Our room was spacious and bright, the bed luxurious and the bathroom boasted a shower with water pressure sandblaster would be proud of.

While Linthwaite House has a traditional look and feel, it's certainly not stuffy, especially in the restaurant, which attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to its formidable word-of-mouth and online reputation. 

One evening began with canapés, which included savoury macaroons filled with a light salmon mousse. Delicious home-made bread (the rosemary and cumin flavoured is a highlight) and superb local beer accompanied my main course of lamb with aubergine, halloumi and mint, which lived up to the restaurant's reputation as the area's fine-dining top dog. 

The quality here is reflected in the price, but it's hard to find fault with Linthwaite House Hotel - Bowness is prime base for exploring the Lake District and Linthwaite manages to tailor traditional style to modern tastes perfectly.
The Westmorland Gazette, August 2013
You need to be turned on by the way a dish looks

Chef profile
Chris O'Callaghan, Head Chef of Linthwaite House Hotel, Windermere

The essential ingredient(s) in any kitchen
Team work, coffee (you need to have energy in the kitchen - coffee is usually what gets the team going) drive, ambition, direction and imagination. If you don't have imagination you're not going to get anywhere quickly. You'll be yesterday's news if you just sit where you are.

The first kitchen I worked in
The Bridge Wood Manor Hotel in Chatham, Kent. It was my first job out of school. I'll not comment on how old I was but I started very young.

My first professional job
I was a commis and on my days off I used to be a pot washer. I just couldn't get enough of the environment in the kitchen. It was much better than school. At lot of women worked there as well and the alcohol cupboard was never locked either. I remember the sous chef there always had a can of Coke at his section but it was always filled with brandy.

The first dish I prepared
Langoustine Bisque. My first chef was French and the first thing he asked me to do was peel the langoustines and then make a sauce out of the shells.

The signature dish associated with me
That would be roasted duck breast, confit leg, celeriac, watermelon, hazelnut. It's the most popular dish at Linthwaite at the moment. It's got a lot of textures and flavours that are slightly different but work very well together. It's one of those dishes you don't know what it will be like when you read it on the menu. It's a dish I've researched a lot and spent a lot of time on getting it where I want it to be.

My food philosophy
Taste, technique, presentation; The most important thing is the taste and flavour, that's what people are going to remember; Technique: personally for my own satisfaction I like to have certain element that are a slight cut above the rest. You need to respect the amount of skill and new techniques that these new guys are using to stay on top; Presentation: people eat with their eyes, if it's not appealing they are not going to enjoy the meal as much. You need to be turned on by the way it looks before you taste it.

My biggest kitchen disaster
When I was about 20 years old I went to work in a hotel called Bareiss in Baden-Baden, a town in the Black Forest region of Germany. The town was the same size as Kendal but with nine Michelin stars. It was an awesome experience but the chef didn't speak any English at all and refused to speak it with me. I knew I was putting myself out of my depth but not quite that much. I got by blagging it mostly and and by trying to get through it a day at a time. I got used to it in the end and we all communicated a lot better.

My favourite chefs/biggest influences
Marco Pierre White, Philip Howard, Chris Horridge, Daniel Clifford and Bret Graham. When I was working in Chatham, I was told that I had to survive the week and then I'd get paid. I survived but was told they didn't have the money so they gave me White Heat Cook Book instead and then Canteen Cuisine. Philip Howard does so much for the industry and has had two stars for a long time. Square is one of my favourite restaurants and I love The Square Sweet and The Square Savoury cookbooks.
I worked with Alan Murchinson for give years and Chris Horridge for two years. Chris had a massive influence on my life, working with him for five years right when I was starting to think of my own ideas. I was fortunate enough to be part of his team and he passed on a lot of knowledge and taught me how to manage different skills and how to think about extracting flavours.
I spent my last holiday at Ledbury and Midsummer House. Daniel Clifford's kitchen at Midsummer House was one of the best I've ever seen - it has anything you could ever think of, and the whole team worked so well together and were very organised. It's something I'd love to achieve myself, seeing his energy and dedication to his trade. When I helped out at Ledbury with Bret Graham we worked 6am-1am and served 60 covers for lunch and dinner. It was a great experience to see how Bret led his team, knowing how tired and exhausted they were but how he inspired all of them - they all got behind him. It was very inspirational for me to see how he led his team with that much energy through passion and respect and not through fear.

Away from the restaurant, my favourite meal is
Whatever the Mrs cooks me when I get home. I love fish fingers and fish and chips, it's fun and reminds me of when I was younger, except of course, I drink it with a large class of rum and coke now.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle, August 2013
Lakeside luxury in idyllic setting

Lisa Hutchinson takes a look at a lovely Lake District hotel created from one man's dream

It's opulent, sophisticated and has views to die for. The Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District has gone that extra mile to offer the perfect place for a romantic weekend.

Its setting is idyllic, with breathtaking vistas overlooking Lake Windermere. As the sun goes down, it glistens on the water, making a perfect backdrop for early evening drinks before dinner.

It's simply beautiful and a must for a treat. The hotel is chic and elegant but you're quickly made to feel at home. The staff are attentive but not overpowering. The rooms are luxurious, stylish and sumptuous, all tastefully decorated. 

And it's all the dream of owner Mike Bevans, who has worked so hard to achieve it. "Everyone who has worked for years in hotels dreams about owning the perfect hotel," he says. "At Linthwaite, we fell in love with the house's superb location and breathtaking views of Lake Windermere, and we decided to develop it into one of the best luxury hotels in the Lake District."

How right he is. His 30 bedrooms include some of the finest I have ever seen. We stayed in the new luxury loft suite - an apartment-style accommodation decorated in subtle pale blues and beiges with matching elegant furniture.

The bathroom is stunning with a huge bath which has room for two; there's a massive walk-in shower, double sinks and even a built-in TV. The suite has all mod cons, too. My hubby was a boy with his toys as he flicked through the CD mini hi-fi with Bose speakers, DVD players and linked into wi-fi internet connection.

There's even a very impressive looking telescope with which to stargaze when the lights go out.
Urban Coco Magazine, July 2013
"Arriving at the hotel on the hottest Friday afternoon of the year so far, we ascended the private drive and were greeted by the handsome house hotel, which proudly stands in front of a captivating lake view and rolling hills. As we walked through the well groomed private gardens, I knew immediately that this was one of the best locations for a luxury break.

We were welcomed by friendly staff, who showed us up to the room and gave us a mini tour of everything that the hotel had to offer. Our room was light and airy with a very comfortable bed and all the mod-cons - including (to my delight) free wi-fi and, in the bathroom, a line-up of Molton Brown products.

For me, it was in the finer details that I truly knew that this was a luxurious stay: on your first steps into the hotel's entrance, guests are greeted by a selection of brightly coloutes Hunter wellington boots - in every size you can imagine for guests to borrow! And if you're looking for a relaxing evening, guests are invited to rent out DVDs from reception for free. For a small price you can pair this with a movie goodie bag: popcorn, ice cream, nuts, crisps, soft drinks and a chocolate bar - if you're feeling really luxurious, you can add a half bottle of champagne!

We gathered on the terrace in the beautiful sunshine to enjoy canapes and wine and the opportunity to chat with the hotel manager and friendly staff. We were then escorted to the hotel restaurant to start a four course treat. We began our meal with warmed bread rolls and the chef's coice of amuse-bouche - a tomato foam served in a white china cup, which was different but extremely flavoursome.

To avoid any 'food envy' moments, my guest and I chose the same starter of dressed crab with a cucumber and mint sauce that's poured on arrival. For the main course we opted for roasted Herdwick lamb with pomme Anna, wild garlic and broccoli puree, pairing our courses with a truly aromatic white wine. To end this incredible feast we samples the raspberry souffle (which takes about half an hour to cook - but well worth the wait).  This was my favourite course as it was accompanied by a delicious champagne jelly and clotted cream ice cream. Feeling more than satisfied, we wandered into the hotel conservatory with the remains of our wine to watch the sun descend behind the beautiful rolling hills and watch the moonlight glisten on Lake Windermere."

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Manchester Evening News, June 2013
"It was just what ‘her indoors’ really needed after a week from hell at work – a peaceful oasis of calm and luxury in which to unwind and forget the troubles back at home.
Linthwaite House is a stunning period property (circa 1900) – built in a breathtaking location overlooking Lake Windermere – which has been turned into a beautiful boutique country house hotel.
Set in 14 acres of wooded hilltop, some 400ft above one of England’s most famous beauty spots, the hotel is a five-minute car ride – or a very pleasant 20 minute stroll – away from the lake and the picture postcard, if somewhat touristy, village of Bowness.
The big patio area at the front of the house is a fabulous spot to sit and take in that view while the super-attentive staff bring G&Ts (well in my case best Lakeland bitter) and we were fortunate enough to have also bagged a room with the same knock-out vista.
Linthwaite – which also boasts its own tarn, lake, putting green and croquet lawn – must employ an army of gardeners because as far as the eye could see there were manicured lawns, immaculate flower beds and perfectly pruned borders of bushes and shrubs.
And a stroll around the grounds revealed a summer house and strategically-located seating areas where the superb views could be properly appreciated at leisure.
The interior of Linthwaite is described in their brochure as ‘Raffles meets Ralph Lauren with a contemporary twist’.
A major refurbishment in 2009 saw a new kitchen, four extra bedrooms and a state-of-the-art loft suite added taking the total number of rooms to 30 in what is surely one of the Lake District’s finest hotels.
All the ‘public’ rooms are tastefully decorated, comfortable and welcoming and our bedroom matched that great view with a huge walk-in shower, oversized beds and a cosy yet upmarket feel.
But the best was yet to come. The restaurant turns out to be Michelin-listed and serves ‘modern British’ food in a nouvelle cuisine style under the stewardship of a new generation of talented young chefs.
I enjoyed seared loin of tuna with avocado, pickled ginger and wild rice for a starter with braised pork cheek, smoked belly, apple and sweetcorn for main while her indoors tucked into terrine of smoked chicken and leek with an earl grey and prune purée followed by roasted duck breast, artichoke, apple and tarragon. All this was finished off with raspberry soufflé in champagne jelly with clotted cream and ice cream and a rum baba with sour cherry meringue, coconut crisp and cherry ice cream.
The restaurant has three dining rooms – one of which was originally the billiard room of the grand house – two of which can be used for private dining or weddings, and are open for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Linthwaite is the perfect setting for a romantic anniversary or honeymoon break, and is also a perfect base for a walking holiday to make the most of the stunning views and bracing walks to be had all over this beautiful region.
There are many more attractions when the weather is wet (or for the less energetic), from the Bowness World of Beatrix Potter attraction to lake cruises and various museums.
These include the steam boat museum at Bowness and the Lakeland Motor Museum at nearby Backbarrow, a must for all petrol heads. It contains a fantastic collection of historic and famous cars and the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition, with a number of the speed king hero’s record-breaking cars and boats including the wrecked jet boat recovered from the bottom of Windermere in 2001 where it lay since the crash which killed Campbell in 1964 – which is now being lovingly restored.
And if you do get to venture outdoors the hotel has a nice touch – wellies, brollies and hats hanging at the front door to be borrowed – well this is the Lake District!" 
Travelbite editor Sarah Gibbons
Travelbite editor Sarah Gibbons goes in search of the ideal 'stay-cation' in the Lake District and discovers another hotel 'hot spot' - Linthwaite House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere

"The first thing I noticed was the view, miles of undulating hills, pine forest and the glistening waters of Lake Windermere.

With the hotel's elevated position overlooking the lake and surrounding Lakeland fells, it was clear that the panoramic vistas would be one of the great perks of the hotel; a fact that was quickly confirmed when we saw the view from our room.

It was clear, however, that the hotel offered far more than a great view. On entering, past a line of colourful wellies but the door, a crackling fire, cosy but sophisticated furnishings and instantly friendly staff made my partner and I feel right at home.

Our 'preferred room', one of the hotel's 30 rooms and suites, was light and airy with a very comfortable king-sized bed and all the usual mod-cons including free wi-fi. I was especially pleased to see a large glass bottle of water in the fridge, which gets replenished daily - as the hotel's in-room pamphlets points out, this is much more Eco-friendly than supplying plastic bottles of water. This is one of Linthwaite's many initiatives in its quest to 'go green'.

Alongside a television and a reasonable variety of channels we also had a DVD player in our room. You can rent out DVD's from reception (for free) and they have a fantastic selection, split into genres. They also offer movie goodie bags; for £8 (for two people) you can get popcorn, ice creams, nuts, crisps, soft drinks and chocolate bars; and if you really want to splash out you can upgrade to a luxury goodie bag which includes a half bottle of champagne (£37). This proved to be a fantastic easy to relax in the evening and we were thrilled that the hotel offered this service after a long day's walking.

During our stay we enjoyed a superb meal at Linthwaite's restaurant, which is recommended by the Good Food Guide. The evening began with a drink (I opted for a G&T) and canapes in the conservatory whilst we perused the menu. It was a very enjoyable way to start the evening, gazing at the sun descending and reflecting in the rippling waters of Lake Windermere.

The candle-lit restaurant had a nice atmosphere; the tables were close but not close enough to hear your neighbour's conversation (always a good thing) and the general ambiance was relaxed and unstuffy.

We began our meal with warmed rolls and a pre-starter of delicious leek and potato soup, served in a white china cup. I followed with a starter of soft shell crab, both served and dressed with a light tempura, accompanied by lemongrass and mago which was very refreshing. I did, however, have slight food-envy of my partner's cured trout with avacado and wasabi mayonnaise (I had a small taste; the trout melted in my mouth. Delicious!). For the main course, I went for perfectly-cooked, pan-fried sea bream, globe artichokes, lemon puree and a tomato and coriander dressing which worked wonderfully with the delicate fish. For dessert, I went for something I had never tried before - a coffee panacotta - served with an orange puree, amaretto jelly and white coffee ice cream. I polished it off with ease.

By morning I was already looking forward to breakfast, especially seeing we were planning another day of hiking. The choice was extensive, from a selection of cereals, fruit and yogurt to a full menu of cooked options. Tempted by both the sweet and savoury, I decided to try one of each for the two mornings I was staying at the hotel. The first morning, the home-made rosti, caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms and soft-fried egg caught my eye. Served in a neat stack, if definitely set me up well for the day and I polished off every last morsel and still had room for toast. The next morning I opted for the pancakes with blueberry compote which was equally delicious.

Our stay at Linthwaite House hotel had certainly offered everything I was looking for in a Lake District 'stay-cation': a great location with wonderful views, delicious food and most of all personable and helpful staff. I will definitely be back."
The Sunday Telegraph, February 2013
"Another of the Lake District's landmark hotels, this whitewashed manor was built as a private residence in the early 1900's and still has the feel of a country house.

It's the epitome of country elegance: antique trunks and armchairs in the lounge, burnished wood and hunting prints in the dining room, views across the croquet lawn from the conservatory. Rooms feel more modern than the rest of the house: insist on one with a lake view, or splash out n one of the indulgent hot-tub suites." 
Liverpool Echo, March 2013
"The wonders of Windermere are many. It boasts England’s largest lake, the Beatrix Potter museum and the perfect balance between the modern amenities of a prominent rural town and the traditional architecture and old world quaintness you would expect from such a popular British holiday haven. And a few hidden gems too, one of which was our final destination – Linthwaite. As the centre of Windermere gradually makes way for the rural landscape, it’s a matter of minutes before a tree-lined country road invitingly spirals upwards to this luxury hotel, which you just know is going to be accompanied by something special once the journey reaches its summit. And so it proves, when the walk to check in bypasses the front door and continues out onto the veranda. It’s the hypnotic appeal of this part of the world. If you’re fortunate enough to get a vantage point like this, giving you a ringside seat to Lake Windermere and the hills that linger majestically above it, then it must be savoured. It’s your own personal balcony above the best this country has to offer. And it also makes you wonder how breathtaking it would be on a clear sunny day – but even the dull drizzle that hovered during our visit couldn’t detract from the location’s splendour, and that doesn’t diminish once you step inside. So how is it best to describe Linthwaite’s appeal? The website says “professional without being pretentious”. General manager Andy Nicholson backs this ideal up by labelling it “unstuffiness”. It might not be a word, but it captures Linthwaite’s charm perfectly." 

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RR, Conwy, February 2012
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay again at Linthwaite. The room was lovely, very comfortable and very clean. The staff as always, were very welcoming, polite and helpful, Special reference to Rachael - who gave us a very warm welcome on arrival. Also, Sarah G.M who was most obliging, courteous and interacted well with guests. She was well informed regarding the choice of dishes on the dinner menu and advised what could be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements and taste - a rare thing in some hotels! The dishes were tasty and of a very high standard, compliments to the chef. All restaurant staff were lovely - very efficient and professional, and yet with personal touches. Thank you for a lovely stay at Linthwaite - we love your seasonal offers. The added bonus - we were able to complete the jigsaw!" 
Lisa Ettridge, The Blackpool Gazette, February 2012
"If petrol station flowers and a lacklustre card have landed you in hot water on Valentine's Day in the past, this year a more luxurious dip could ensure the path to true love runs smoothly. There can be few pleasures in life finer than sitting in a bubbling hot tub with a chilled glass of wine watching the sun set over a breath taking view of mountains and a sparkling lake. 
But this February 14, that's exactly what one lucky couple will be experiencing in the elegant luxury of Linthwaite House. Set in a quiet location near Windermere, this romantic retreat, a member of the Pride of Britain consortium of independent hotels, is rapidly growing in popularity as a wedding venue. 
Its charm comes not only form its handsome appearance and home-like hospitality, but the unique experience of staying there. From the open log fires and sumptuous sofas of Linthwaite's lounges and conservatories, its opulent bar and mind boggling wine list - attention is given to the tiniest detail. 
Brightly coloured wellington boots line the hall to enjoy the hotel's pretty grounds or you can settle in with a jigsaw, a board game or a borrowed book and wile away the afternoon in tranquil comfort. 
A programme of endless refurbishment means the hotel's rooms are constantly updated. Good quality furnishings, beautiful fabrics in muted colours and thrilling mod cons give you an urge to bounce on the bed with excitement when you enter the room. 
Lovebirds can settle in with a romantic DVD, play special songs on an iPod docking station and even watch TV during a soak in the bath in some rooms. 
Guests staying in the superb hot tub suite could easily lock themselves away from the world and soak away the aches and pains of a long walk or enjoy the exquisite views pre-breakfast. 
But dodging the dining experience at Linthwaite House would be to miss something very special. Guests can dress to impress and enjoy pre dinner drinks and canapés, or simply rock up in comfy clothes and nobody bats an eyelid. Service is attentive and friendly without being intrusive and waiters appear as if by magic to top up your wine glass. With four courses of fine fare boasting indulgent options such as mosaic of rabbit confit and pan roasted diver scallops to start.  Mains include roast fillet of Cumbrian beef and fillet of cod, mussel and clam risotto and tempting desserts like warm raspberry soufflé and bitter chocolate sorbet guarantee a mouth watering experience. Breakfast is just as impressive with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a full Cumbrian or fresh fruit and cereals on offer. 
When leaving Linthwaite, you do feel as though you have stayed somewhere special." 
Jenny Needham, Northern Echo, January 2012
"Jenny Needham kicks off her walking boots and laps up a bit of rest and relaxation on the edge of Windermere.
It was a cold, cold day in mid-January, and the car park at Linthwaite House hotel was full. The comfortable lounges were abuzz. And that evening, almost every table in the two atmospheric dining rooms was taken. Not bad for a hotel in winter, in this country, in the middle of a recession.
So what’s the secret recipe? Well, there’s the convivial atmosphere; the efficient but unstuffy service; the absolutely scrumptious dishes cooked using locally sourced ingredients… and the lovely views of Lake Windermere from the wraparound conservatory.
There’s the location, on a quiet hillside a stone’s throw from busy Bowness; the extensive grounds with their own tarn; and the comfortable bedroom suites. On a cold, cold weekend in mid-January, it was the perfect relaxing retreat and we loved it.
The 30-bedroom hotel is owned by Mike Bevans, who says he’s been in the business “for ever”. He worked in Brighton for most of his early career, before heading for the Lakes to help develop the Langdale estate timeshare business. When that was taken over, he decided to move on.
“For the first time in my life, I was jobless and someone said, ‘Why don’t you buy your own hotel?’ So, probably quite foolishly, I sold my house and got some backers.” After looking at about 45 properties east of Windermere – “location is everything” – he stumbled upon Linthwaite. It was the perfect place: a bit out of town but with 14 acres and wonderful views of the lake.
“It was a prime site,” says Mike. “After all, we are selling peace and tranquillity, a respite for people from their busy daily lives; that’s what we do.” The hotel was originally built as a five-bedroomed house at the turn of the 20th Century, probably as a rural bolthole for a wealthy Lancashire mill owner and his family. By 1990, it had become a rather unprepossessing two-star hotel, “okay, but deadly dull,” says Mike.
“We had a budget of £250,000 and spent almost double that completely renovating it.” And what a transformation. “We didn’t want it to look like an archetypal country house hotel with swags and chintz and that was the brief to the interior designer,” says Mike. The outcome was “Raffles-meets-Ralph-Lauren”, a style which has evolved over the years into something a bit more contemporary without losing any of its charm.
As you enter the hotel, there’s a carved mahogany fireplace with crackling fire in the hall – in an effort to be green, the logs come from the woods just outside – the sitting rooms are unflashy and comfortable with huge piles of magazines and tables fashioned from old travel trunks. The little bar just off the sitting room has a fish tank embedded in the wall.
There are two dining rooms, one the former billiards room, which leads onto another. Here, two walls decorated by someone with a mirror fetish reflect back the flickering flames from the candlelit tables.
Our bedroom was neutral, calming and comfortable, with a huge dressing room squeaky-clean bathroom and enormous bed.
Upstairs again is the magnificent 56 square metre Loft Suite with glass roof for star-gazing, the perfect retreat for honeymooners. At the front, the terrace is undergoing something of an extension and decking is being added. “We want to take advantage of the views and encourage non-residents to come up and have lunch outside in the summer,” says Mike.
In the hallway there’s a row of brightly coloured wellies in different sizes which can be borrowed when you want to wander through the landscaped wood to the summer house by the tarn. It was once used as a reservoir for the
Storrs area of Bowness and is fed by natural springs. Gung-ho guests are welcome to swim here in the summer. “I’ve been in when it’s really hot,” says Mike. “The water is so pure you can drink it as you swim.”
As it was still winter, a swim didn’t really feature in our plans, so we wandered down into Bowness and took a 50p ferry ride across the lake for a walk. The Windermere Ferry – the only one in the Lakes to carry cars – takes about 15 minutes to cross from Ferry Nab just south of Bowness to Ferry House at Far Sawrey. Back in Bowness later that day, we did a spot of shopping. Naturally, every other outlet is an outdoor clothing store and the woman in Edge of the World who sold me some much needed gloves asked where we were staying. “Linthwaite,” I said. “Lucky you,” she replied.
Ironically, for a hotel in the heart of walking country, Linthwaite does everything in its power to persuade you to kick off your walking boots and forget about the great outdoors. Asked about the secret of a running a successful hotel, Mike says: “It’s so important you don’t intimidate people. Even though I hate the phrase, you have to make them feel at home. That’s why my business is called The Unstuffy Hotel Company.”"
Fiona Duncan, The Telegraph, October 2011
"I'm not fond of Lakeland hotels as a breed – expensive and stodgy – but there are three around Windermere that make fine places to stay.
I've already reviewed Holbeck Ghyll and Relais & Châteaux Gilpin Lodge, so now for Linthwaite House, built in 1900 as a private home. If I were choosing for myself, this is probably the one that I would stay in.
But not, I have to say, for the glitzy new Loft Suite or the Hot Tub Suite or the "Raffles-meets-Ralph-Lauren" decoration in the bar and dining room – all shiny wallpapers and embossed velvet banquets – or for the oversized headboards in the bedrooms and the televisions set in bathroom mirrors in the luxury ones. Call me old fashioned, but while I don't want stodgy, I don't need a bathroom telly amid scenery worthy of an ode.
No, what I like about Linthwaite is the carved mahogany fireplace with crackling fire in the hall, the unflashy sitting rooms, the wraparound conservatory with wonderful lake views, the gently sloping grounds. My favourite detail? The original doors on the gents and ladies loos, with their brass vacant/occupied plates. Perhaps I'm the wrong person for this job.
But I do realise only too well that in order to survive and thrive, hotels like these have to move with the times and stretch themselves to reflect the preoccupations of their guests.
They all opened around a quarter of a century ago, in the days when most guests simply looked for peace and quiet, satisfying food and a nice cup of tea, and they have all had to rise to the challenge of today's demands: no hot tub, no show.
OK, perhaps I exaggerate, but people (not me) seem to be looking for some sort of twist: a feeling of glamour, a spa, a cookery demonstration, something to talk about back home. A hot tub.
"That was my kitchen, back in the day," general manager Andy Nicholson told me as I surveyed the little bar off the sitting room, exotic fish tank embedded in one wall. "I was head chef here 10 years ago. As you can see, it was tiny."
Not so the new kitchen, which has a wall of windows, so that the first thing you see when you arrive at the hotel is the chefs beavering away at your dinner.
And a very good dinner it is, too. Really, the food in country-house hotels is often superb. Of course it should be – they are expensive – but it's good that I rarely hear complaints, only praise, on that score. It's ambience and service that are more likely to be in question.
Not here. Not the service. Not with Andy and Mike Bevans, owner for the past 21 years, at the helm. Andy knows the names of all his guests and they are beautifully looked after.
"I'm wheat intolerant," one told me. "You wouldn't believe the lengths they have gone to, getting in special products and adapting the menu for me." Vegetarians take note: there is a great veggie menu alongside the main one, with dishes that can be served as starters or main courses. I tried the polenta with herbs, girolles and broad bean fricassée: delicious."
Linthwaite was mentioned in the daily telegraph as one of the top 10 wedding venues in Britain, according to, along with other prestigious places such as Lanesborough Hotel, Hanbury Manor, Allerton Castle and the BA London Eye.
Heat Magazine, May 2010
"Linthwaite House combines tranquility and excellent service with yummy food and super-chic rooms, and even better views. The acres of gorgeous grounds offer a true taste of the Lake District and you're sure to return from a stay feeling ultra-relaxed."
Jackie Annesley, London Evening Standard, May 2010
"...We were heading for Linthwaite House, overlooking Lake Windermere... Through the rain the award-winning Linthwaite beckoned, a 1900's house on a hilltop in fourteen acres of lawns, woods and lake. We'd barely checked in before the children, like unleashed dogs, bounded into the grounds, whooping like banshees. Meanwhile, we dried off by the reception fire (using only wood cut from the grounds - it's admirably green)..."
Good Hotel Guide 2010,
"In a great location, this timbered, creeper-covered, white and stone house has amazing views over landscaped gardens to Lake Windermere. Public rooms have oriental rugs, potted plants, cabin trunks, memorabilia, and an enclosed veranda faces the water." 
The City Magazine, January 2010
"Although there is a wide of accommodation in the Lakes, we were drawn to the charm of Linthwaite House... The special thing about Linthwaite, we found, was the atmosphere. Although every room, fitting and meal is luxurious in every way, the staff are friendly and 'un-stuffy'... Leaving Linthwaite House was hard, and we could have quite happily stayed on for another week."
East Riding / Hull Mail 2007
"From the friendly staff to the decadent furniture and the utterly relaxed pace of living, everything at Linthwaite House Hotel conspires to make you forget you ever had a care in the world."

Inspired Weddings Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2007
"A fantastic hotel, in one of the most delightful parts of England. If you are looking for that extra special idyllic wedding venue, then look no further than Linthwaite House. Linthwaite offers out of this world menus and impeccable service in beautiful surroundings."
Enjoy England October 2007
"Linthwaite House, in the middle of landscape heaven...does everything possible to persuade you to kick off your walking boots and stay has every comfort... Sink into well-stuffed couches after filling up on the sublime cooking."
Northern Life August / September 2007
"Spectacular view... superb hotel."
Daily Mirror May 19th, 2007
"A beautiful hotel... Linthwaite House Hotel is one of those gems you'll want to keep a secret... Incredible views of Lake Windermere, beautiful rooms and a dedication to gastronomic excellence... it's a special place."
Mature Times, 17th November 2014
You Must Visit Windermere in Autumn
It wasn’t meant as a test but Rob the assistant manager listed the hotel’s choice of four fine rums with impressive ease before I realised they were written in the drinks booklet lying unseen in front of me. His response was faultless and polite – typical of the service throughout our weekend at the genteel Linthwaite Hotel.
The welcome had been warm as soon as we entered the hotel – a grand Victorian house above Lake Windermere – and were greeted by a blazing log fire.
Our room, in the ‘preferred’ category, was tastefully furnished in greens, creams and browns with a king-size bed and sofa and a large bathroom complete with twin shower and double-size bath and Molton Brown accessories.
Among the pleasing little touches was a proper bottle of fresh milk in the fridge instead of the inferior longlife variety.
We went down to dinner and joined other guests in the lounge – complete with another fire – for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles including homemade hummus.
The hotel was full – a sure sign of its success – with a predominantly mature clientelle and no children, although there was no suggestion they were not welcome.
Dinner was a real culinary treat, as we hoped from somewhere that prides itself on its food.
The Linthwaite has an impressive string of quality awards including 4 AA red stars and with 3 AA rosettes is rated among Britain’s top 150 restaurants.
I opted for the four-course dinner with a starter of carpaccio of beef with blackberries and parsnip and horseradish mayonnaise and a main of roasted halibut with Allerdale creamed potato, mussel and clam chowder and samphire.
My wife chose the two-course option, beginning with the egg yolk truffle ravioli, mushroom duxelle, cep mousse and chestnut mushroom and the vegetarian main of smoked beetroot risotto, orange, Yorkshire fettle and thyme terrine.
We picked a fine Muscadet from the eclectic and well-annotated wine list and it was all beautifully presented by very attentive staff. Although the service was slightly slow – as a result of the restaurant being so busy – we were in no hurry.
We rounded off the meal by sharing a selection of five English cheeses before returning to the lounge and its log fire and enjoying the rum nightcap. In summer we might have sat on the hotel’s large terrace and soaked up the rays of the setting sun while gazing down on the lake half a mile below us.
Breakfast the following morning was equally as enjoyable with my wife saying her vegetarian rosti was the best she had ever had. Well-fed and relaxed after little more than 12 hours in the hotel, we set off on foot to explore the area – equipped with a map of a five-mile walk from the hotel’s own extensive list. For those who need them, the hotel will prepare you a £10 packed lunch.
Our walk took us down the hill to the ferry across the lake – 50p for pedestrians – and onto the beautiful west shore and up into the woods above it.
On our second morning we explored the romantic setting of the hotel which stands in 14-wooded acres, walked around its very own tarn – where guests can fish for trout – and took in the sublime view north up the lake to the distant peak of Skiddaw before finally leaving with some reluctance.
Windermere must have one of the highest concentrations of similar country hotels in Britain. High on its hill, the Linthwaite stands above them, both physically and in terms of quality, comfort and service. It is the epitome of the English country house hotel.

Olive Magazine June 2004
"Priding itself on its atmosphere, the hotel's public rooms are homely yet stylish, with wonderful views" 
Cosmo Bride June/July 2004
"Wow! Wedding Venues" 

Ken Bennet Evening Herald, January 2005
Listed in the best of the world feature
Essentials Magazine, May 2005
"Get the man in your life to whiz you off to Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District." 
Daily Telegraph, June 2005
"Thoroughly English hotel enhanced by Ralph Lauren style comforts...Don't miss tea in the conservatory. Well drilled service, but delightfully unstuffy."
Country Living June 2005
"Set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens with views overlooking Lake Windermere, this is the perfect place to relax. The service is friendly and the food is highly recommended. "
I Do Magazine Summer 2005
"Linthwaite's landscaped gardens and picture postcard views make it the perfect place to say "I do" - which may be why it has won so many accolades, including AA's Most Romantic Hotel in Britain." 

Pure Taste Magazine 2006
TV presenter Diane Oxbury - My Favourite Five Eating Places - Linthwaite House - "I came across this hotel when we were out filming for North West Tonight. It would be hard to beat its location with views over Windermere. It's grand in appearance but warm in its welcome which to me is the perfect combination." 
The Independent's 50 Best Places for a Romantic Meal - February 2006.
"Linthwaite benefits from a spectacularly serene location with tree framed views of Lake Windermere." 
The Scotsman April 2006
"The decor is smart and contemporary - there's not even a hint of chintz. From the moment you enter the hallway, with its blazing log fires and antique travel trunks, you are imbued with the quiet contentment of the hotel." 
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Olive Magazine July 2006
Olive Magazine's Al Fresco Dining Recommendations - "If you're touring in the Lake District this summer make sure you drop in at Linthwaite House. As well as a fine restaurant there's a terrace set in between the house and Lake Windermere, complete with fantastic views of the Old Man of Coniston." July 2006
The Times, 1st July 2006
Included in the Saturday Telegraph's recommended "In Country" Hotels as a great place for mountain biking September 2006

10 Top Bites Near the Sights - The Times, 1st July 2006

Northern Echo October 2006.
Though the term 'boutique' is now quite frequently applied, I got the sense that this hotel had rightful claim to it. Its country house faade, complete with thickly growing ivy, made it seem home from home. The service... unobtrusive yet efficient, is in short exactly how I would have wished it." 

Sunday Times November 12th 2006
"Memorable desserts and an excellent cheese list littered with regional specialities" 
Adam Raphael - co-editor of the Good Hotel Guide
Lists 10 hotels which serve supreme cuisine with a good night's sleep. Linthwaite was included. 

The Observer, November 2006
"Linthwaite House has views of the Langdale fells, log fires and a legendary afternoon tea." 
Jenny Eclair, January 2007
Mentioned in Hotel Magazine as comedienne Jenny Eclair's Favourite Hotel - she is quoted as saying "the view was ridiculously good" 

Sunday Telegraph Travel Section January 2007
"With superb views across landscaped grounds to Lake Windermere and the Old Man of Coniston beyond, Michael Bevans' personally run hotel stands out among Windermere contenders for its high standards, from the always satisfying food to the spotless comfortable bedrooms. Service manages to be crisp and amiable at the same time; you are made to feel you are on holiday and not on parade."