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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.

Bookings are now being taken by phone on 01539 488 600, via email on reception@linthwaitehouse.com and online at https://leeucollection.com/.




About Company:
Originally built as a five-bedroom family residence in 1901, Linthwaite was converted into a B&B in 1969 and has grown over the years into what it has become in 2018: a 36-bedroom boutique hotel set within 14 acres of landscaped gardens with a private tarn (small lake). Leeu Collection, a dynamic and fast-growing hotel group owned by Indian entrepreneur Analjit Singh acquired Linthwaite House from Mike Bevan (who had owned the property for over 25 years) in April 2016. Its location, above Bowness-on-Windermere and with panoramic views across Windermere to the stunning fells of the South Lakes, offers guests complete privacy. Leeu Collection (in Sanskrit singh means lion, which is leeu in Afrikaans) comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa (Leeu Estates, a 17-room country house retreat and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, a 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a romantic 32-room hotel with two independent villas also located in the village, and Linthwaite House. Another Leeu property is due to open in Florence in 2021. Extending beyond the offering of luxury accommodation, Analjit Singh is a partner in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, which produces award-winning wines in the Swartland wine region some 80km north of Cape Town. Several restaurants complement the Leeu Collection hotels in Franschhoek. Heritage Square is home to Marigold, Franschhoek’s first Indian restaurant, and, adjacent to Leeu House, stands Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in partnership with the award-winning Cape Brewing Company team, which serves bespoke brews and Mexican inspired food. Additionally, Leeu Collection recently announced that it has taken a 10% stake in Alajmo SpA, the Italian family business established by brothers Massimiliano (Max) Alajmo, the world’s youngest three-star Michelin chef, and Raffaele (Raf), the company’s Chief Executive and maître des lieux. Everard Read in partnership with Leeu Collection is a considered space in Franschhoek showing modern and contemporary artworks by Southern African artists. The Gallery includes a sculpture garden, interspersed with herbs and vegetables and is located adjacent to Le Quartier Français.
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