Leeu Collection (www.leeucollection.com)’s acclaimed – and ever-popular – Lake District property, Linthwaite House, has re-opened following a year-long refurbishment costing in excess of £10 million that has seen it transformed into an exceptional contemporary country house hotel.
Linthwaite House’s existing 30 bedrooms have been renovated by internationally renowned designer Beverley Boswell (www.beverleyboswelldesigns.com), who has introduced the Leeu Collection’s elegant and sophisticated signature style; Beverley was also responsible for the interiors of South African sister properties Leeu Estates, Leeu House and Le Quartier Français, all in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands.
Beverley worked with the best British furniture makers and fabric designers to create modern, but comfortable country house interiors that reflect the subtle colours of the Lake District’s stunning natural beauty. For example, “Baby Bear” leather sofas were sourced from Soane Britain, greyed oak console tables from William Yeoward, chandeliers and lights from Porta Romana, and bed throws from Johnstons of Elgin. Subtle references to Leeu Collection’s African connections come in the shape of re-interpreted Soane signature shellback chairs that have been upholstered in green velvet with a leopard print backing and the myriad art that adorns the walls.
Uplifting colours were used in the innovative new restaurant Stella, where guests will be able to sample some of the finest cuisine in the Lake District, based on locally sourced and organic produce that highlights the best of the Cumbrian region and the season, influenced by international celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia (http://divarestaurants.com/chef) and her passion for Italian cooking. Once again, the African connection has been highlighted via the use of zebra print scatter cushions.
Linthwaite House’s perennially popular light-filled Bar & Conservatory, which has been opened up and extended so that guests can better enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of Windermere and the surrounding fells, will be serving an all-day dining menu (including pizzas to rival those of Florence), a selection of afternoon teas and hand-crafted cocktails in the evenings.
Rates start from £285 for two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis in high season (July, August and September), but a “Welcome Back” rate of £200, representing a 30% discount, is currently available till 31 July 2018. Low season (November through January) rates will start from £200 for two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis.