Marry an all-action outdoors break with a little bit of luxury in the Lake District.
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Whenever you visit the Lake District, it’s best to assume it will rain at some stage. Pack your waterproofs and choose a base that provides plenty of home-from-home comforts for days when those carefully laid plans to stride out and conquer one of the classic peaks has to be put on hold.
Lindeth Howe is a country house hotel that fulfils those criteria and it also has its own history. Much loved children’s author Beatrix Potter wanted the house at first sight and persuaded her parents to buy it, and it was here that she drew Timmy Tiptoes in 1911.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Miss Potter was later to become such a fabulously wealthy author she could afford to buy just about any local property that took her fancy – and she did, frequently, building up an enviable Lakeland property portfolio in the process.
But it is easy to see why Lindeth Howe was one of the first homes to catch the young writer and illustrator’s eye. Just outside the lakeside village of Bowness-on-Windermere, it overlooks the largest lake in the country and the Cumbrian fells beyond.
The views are impressive, the white painted house is imposing, but as soon as you step over the threshold it just feels like home. Rooms are large, bright and airy, the beds are incredibly comfortable, and mod cons include wifi, indoor pool, sauna and fitness rooms.
But it’s the old-fashioned pleasures that make a stay at Lindeth Howe memorable, even on those soggy days when the trees bend against the wild winds and the rain seems like it will never end. These are the occasions when it’s time to snuggle up in the library, call for another tray of tea and shortbread and unwind with a good country house murder mystery… or perhaps a cute tale involving mischievous bunny rabbits. Each to their own.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It is fair to say that the elements gave us a grand tour during out visit – we arrived in blazing sunshine and departed in a cloudburst. Thankfully Lindeth Howe is the perfect base to ensure that you won’t be bored. If, like me, you are a fair weather walker the hotel pool is a must for burning off any excess energy when the fells are out of bounds to all but the most hardy.
Other indoor pursuits close at hand, and a must-see to the many thousands of Potter fanatics who make a pilgrimage every year, include Hill Top Farm, a delightful small 17th century cottage where herself wrote many of her famous stories, Dove Cottage, which was William Wordsworth’s home during his most creative period and the Wordsworth Museum, and the Aquarium of the Lakes.
At Lindeth Howe the evening meal is served by candlelight and tends be a quiet, grown-up affair although high tea is available for families with younger children. This takes care of the little ones, who are doted on by the friendly staff, leaving dinner as a calming experience and something to savour if you have had a taste of the frantic bustle of nearby Bowness, where the tourist buses start arriving early in the morning and just keep on coming. The five course dining experience, including an amuse bouche and sorbet of the day, is something to relax into and takes full advantage of the Cumbrian food on the doorstep including air-dried ham, local farmed beef and Bandale blue cheese .
If time is limited and the weather is uncertain, but you want to see as many sights as possible, I’d recommend the daily scenic tours offered by Lindeth Howe’s sister company The Mountain Goat which has a variety of day trips with knowledgeable guides and plenty of stopping off points to get your bearings and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. On a day of gusting winds and squally showers this was the ideal way to see the landscape.
Our tour included a cruise on Coniston Water and a visit to Tarn Hows, one of the most renowned beauty spots in the Lakes and a perfect starting point for a walk if you’re making your own way.
Lindeth Howe makes a perfect base for a Lake District break at any time of the year and, all-importantly, whatever the weather.