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. The bedrooms are the last word in lakeland luxury and, for those wanting a more back-to-nature experience, there’s a tarn with a secluded summerhouse and six Fell Suites in the wooded, gently sloping grounds. Back in the hotel, you’ll find a crackling fire in the hall’s carved mahogany fireplace, beyond which beckons an airy bar and conservatory, with those mesmerising views. Guests can eat here or in the hotel’s main restaurant, Henrock; both are overseen by award-winning chef Simon Rogan who makes use of the freshest local Cumbrian ingredients. Add a croquet lawn, pétanque and outdoor chessboard, as well as bicycles and rowing boats to borrow, and you have a Lake District hotel that ticks all the boxes.
Doubles from £215
+44 (0)15394 88600; leeucollection.com/uk