The private Lakeland escape that is Lindeth Fell was built in 1909 and converted into a hotel in the 1970s. Today, it is still run by the same family, which shows the passion and dedication that its owners have for it. Front of house, this translates into no-nonsense, classic British charm and unpretentious, understated hospitality.
A warm welcome in an oak-panelled hall, complete with parquet floor and grand fireplace, awaited us as we entered the quirky Edwardian country house. Its communal spaces, lounges and breakfast room are cosy. Some have little nooks and window seats, perfect for curling up with a book and a warm mug of tea.
After a day of exploring, we escaped up a creaky staircase to our large, Windermere master room with a view of the lake it is named after. All creature comforts are provided, including home-baked cookies and a nightcap.
The 14 rooms vary in size, but all burst with character. Traditionally decorated, some include original period features, while others, such as the loft rooms, make playful use of the house’s natural idiosyncrasies.
Mornings are a delight at Lindeth Fell, with one of the best-cooked English breakfasts we’ve ever tasted, in an adorable dining space with wall-to-wall windows offering a majestic view of the property’s lush gardens, seven acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, meadows, woodlands and even its own tarn. We found great pleasure in choosing a path to lose ourselves in it and imagined the different characters it must take on with the changing seasons.
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While you’re Out There
Lindeth Fell does not have its own restaurant apart from breakfast, but there are plenty of amazing places to eat (the Lake District is Michelin-star studded, but also full of fantastic gastropubs and local eateries) within a short drive from the property. Even in low season, it can be hard to get a reservation, including at the local pub, so make sure to plan and book ahead.