Lindeth Fell

North West England Cumbria Windermere

  • 14 Guest Rooms
  • Country House B&B

An elegant Lake District country house B&B which is also available for exclusive hire

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Standing amongst well-tended gardens, this Arts & Crafts country house offers bed, breakfast and much, much more in the Lake District National Park. Set back from the shores of Lake Windermere, overlooking the Coniston Fells, Lindeth Fell is an AA five-star B&B where food is very much part of the offering. That’s the case whether you book in for a stay in one of its 14 elegant rooms or whether you hire the whole place for a catered get-together with extended family or a group of friends.

That idea has a kind of Gatsby-esque appeal, although the house and gardens pre-date that era, having been finished in 1909. The house is the work of renowned local Arts & Crafts architects, Pattinsons, and the terraced gardens in which it stands are by the celebrated landscape artist Thomas Mawson. Together they offer a private, secluded and pretty place to retreat to – although it's within the most popular part of England’s most popular national park, there are seven acres of space reserved just for Lindeth Fell guests.

Inside, there’s a garden-facing dining room where your included two-course breakfast is served, along with afternoon tea – although when the weather is good, you won't be able to resist sitting out on the terrace. For bed and breakfast guests, there’s a menu of simple but well-executed fare available throughout the day and into the evening. Those who choose to hire the whole place can work with the chef-patron to create something completely bespoke.

The bedrooms are set across three storeys. There’s an accessible ground-floor option, plus two singles and a choice of classic, superior and master rooms. They offer a rising scale in terms of space, but all are rooted in the Arts & Crafts aesthetic, with panelling, colour palettes, fabric and furnishing to match. All this is paired with inclusions you’d traditionally expect from a hotel rather than a B&B: a Nespresso machine, a Roberts radio, a Smart TV, bathrobes and toiletries.

With this in mind, it’s not surprising to learn that Lindeth Fell is the little sister of the excellent Storrs Hall Hotel, a mile-and-a-half up the road. There, Lindeth Fell guests can park and dine at the hotel’s excellent restaurant at a discount and book an exclusive tour of Windermere on the hotel’s vintage launch, accessing the water from its private jetty. That’s the watery side of the Lake District taken care of. For the walks? Well, they’re available straight from the front door.

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Facilities

Lindeth fell has 14 bedrooms, including 2 that are single occupancy, (we are planning to add more bedrooms in what was the previous owners home), and redecorate some parts - but we'll work to maintain the homely feel. All bedrooms are ensuite with modern facilities, toiletries are supplied, and the bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and biscuits. They're decorated in keeping with the architecture, English country house florals and plaids, comfy contemporary furniture mixed with antiques. Rooms either have secluded garden views, or views over the gardens towards the lake and further mountains.

The gardens are really beautiful, mature and richly seasonal, we also have private off-road parking, and free wifi.

We serve a 2 course breakfast menu, (included in your room rate), a selection of hot and cold choices, with a Full English option of course. Everything is freshly home made, as is our traditional English Afternoon Tea - very proper with classic finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with scoops of jam and clotted cream, as well as a selection of cakes and desserts. It's absolutely heavenly on a sunny Summer afternoon out on the garden terraces.

We also offer all day dining, on a relaxed and casual basis, sandwiches and platters at the moment, but we're working to expand your choice. As a sister property to Storrs Hall Hotel, on the shores of lake Windermere, we can offer you 10% off a dining spend of £40 or more in either of their restaurants.

Suitable For

Lindeth Fell suits those of you seeking peace and quiet, total escapism. It is handily located in the centre of the lakes with easy access for getting out to explore, and is only half a mile from Bowness village, but its location and gardens make it feel totally secluded.

Regretfully we do not allow pets, and only children over 12 years of age, (talk to us if you want to plan a family getaway with Exclusive Use).

There is one room on the ground floor, which is suitable for guests with limited mobility.

Nearby

The Lake District is known as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the UK - you can pick and choose from so many things to do.

It also has some world class Cultural Attractions too - this is after all where the Romantic movement was created, (and less expectedly the genre of 'addiction literature' thanks to William Wordsworth's friend Thomas De Quincy).

We have loads of information for you on our 'Things To Do' page.

Just a 5 minute walk from us is Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, part of the Lakeland Arts group who also have Windermere Jetty a 5 minute drive away, previously known as the Steamboat Museum.

A really beautiful walking area just South of us is Ghyll Head Fell - we've devised a walking guide which is downloadable on the Things To Do page. You have a spectacular view of nearly all of the lake, surrounded by the central and Western mountains, over to where the lakes meet the Yorkshire Dales. There are also options for walking through native woodlands and around small flower filled tarns. This fell has an amazing diversity of wild flowers, particularly Bluebells in Spring - one of the best areas in the lakes and hardly anyone knows about it.

We also give you top tips for the lesser known lakes, heading South, to the coastal towns and villages, some amazing beaches, and the unique limestone 'Knots'. They're overlooked because they're so different to the more commonly featured hills and mountains, but they really are worth a look. They're also home to some of the countries

Food & Drink

Cumbria is a foodie county, you do very well for dining out here - it has the most Michelin Starred restaurants in the UK only second to London, including Simon Rogan's 3 Michelin Star L'Enclume in nearby Cartmel.

There are some great country pubs, and even award winning chippies in Bowness - or take a trip to the seaside at Arnside.

We have information about places to eat and drink on our Food & Drink page, on the dining out section.

Cumbria has always been lucky to have been a great grazing area by the nature of the landscape and climate - farming has stayed pretty old fashioned for the same reasons, what is now called sustainable and eco. It produces some great food, from the famous Herdwick Lamb, to Salt Marsh reared meat. Plus wild game, orchard crops such as the local damson, Hazelnuts in our ancient woodlands, and funghi. Not to mention the coastline, where we find one of most famous products - Morecambe Bay Shrimps.

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

From £125 - £315 a night.

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The Owner Says

Lindeth Fell is an Edwardian Arts & Crafts house, a popular architectural style enthusiastically adopted in the Lake District by wealthy industrialists building holiday homes in the lakes. It remains substantially intact, with period features such as wood panelling, stained glass windows, and plasterwork ceilings. It was enjoyed and appreciated by generations of people, and that lingers on - it's how we want you to experience your time at Lindeth Fell, just relax and enjoy the creature comforts, and how beautiful it is. It sits high on a hill above lake Windermere, with panoramic views of the Coniston mountain range, wrapped by private grounds with plenty of free, off road parking. These views are enjoyed from the West facing sitting room, bar, and dining room.

It has verdant gardens purpose designed at the same time it was built, by Thomas Mawson. It is utterly secluded as the gardens cleverly wrap them themselves around the house and cascade down the hill in a series of terraces and lawns - it has a timeless and private 'Secret Garden' feel. The terraces add extra living space to the house, especially as a place for Afternoon Teas and a pre-dinner drink, which is what they were devised for. Mawson was an understated genius for creating liveable gardens, which bring so much extra to this beautiful place, (he also designed public gardens in The Hague, Baltimore, and Vancouver, and is bafflingly under-rated).

We offer a bit more than you'd expect of a B&B, with casual all day dining; and we're developing an Exclusive Use opportunity, where you can book the whole house and create a bespoke catered break for you and your friends and family. 2023 has been our first Summer at Lindeth Fell, its understated timelessness has hidden depths of cleverness in how the place helps you relax and feel at home - it's a quality we're keen to cultivate for the 21st century.

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Location

Contact Website  01539 443 286  Lindeth Fell, Lyth Valley Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JP

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Getting There

From the M6 or the A6 head towards Windermere on the A590/A591. If coming south through the Lake District, use the A591. Then at Plumgarth's Roundabout, take the exit on to Crook's Road/B5284 . Continue for six miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn right here on to the A5074. Lindeth Fell will be on the right after a couple of hundred yards.

The postcode is LA23 3JP.

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There is no public transport to Lindeth Fell. The nearest train station is Windermere - two stops from the West coast mainline station Oxenholme. There is a taxi rank at the station and we advise pre-booking your taxi, a 10 minute drive to Lindeth Fell, which will cost around £10 - £15.

Features

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Laundry service
  • Sensational Views
  • Walking
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Wedding Venue
  • Car-charging points
  • Activities
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Foodies
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Historic
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Waterside
  • Lakeside

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