Linthwaite House in Cumbria has reopened its doors following a 12-month, £10 million renovation project. The refurbishment, which was led by Leeu Collection, has seen the site transformed into an exceptional and elegant country house hotel.
The hotel’s 30 bedrooms have been renovated by interior designer, Beverley Boswell, who has transformed it with a new signature style. Beverley has worked with the Leeu Collection previously having completed work on all of their properties in Franschhoek South Africa, including Leeu Estates, Leeu House and Le Quartier Français.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Beverley said: “Initially the project started off as a soft refurbishment which ended up being a full refurbishment. The major change was that the client added a bar & conservatory which has become a bar/lounge/dining area.
“Since the hotel is in the Lake District and typical of the architecture in that area, our interpretation for the design was ‘modern English’. We worked with some of the best furniture makers and suppliers in the UK in order to produce a luxurious, boutique hotel. We have used colour and pattern in a sophisticated, yet playful way by introducing references to Africa through emerald green velvet chairs with Ralph Lauren’s leopard print on the back.
“The bedrooms are furnished with furniture from Chelsea Textiles and custom upholstery by Ridge Interiors in London.”
The hotel’s light-filled bar & conservatory has been opened up and extended so that guests can better enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of Windermere and the surrounding fells.
Restaurant Stella allows guests 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, and her passion for Italian cooking.
“In the restaurant (Stella) the rooms have low ceilings and are a little awkward so we put in a new timber floor and used a grass cloth wallcovering from Thibaut to create interest and texture” said Beverley.
The hotel’s grounds have also been refurbished with work undertaken by Franchesca Watson and now include striking new sculptures and a standalone bar that overlooks the croquet lawn and garden chess set.
Beverly said: “My favourite areas are the bar, lounge and conservatory because of the openness and the dramatic view. When you arrive at Linthwaite, the feeling is that you have come to stay in a luxurious home – that is the client’s ethos for all of his hotels. I think the collaboration of extraordinary art, beautiful design and landscaping creates a special product which is unique to the Lake District.”
Beverley added: “The main building is up and running and they have had their first paying guests and are getting very good reviews. The comments about the interiors have been positive and have been described as comfortable, bespoke, elegant and luxurious, which describes perfectly what Beverley Boswell Designs is all about.
“This project is important to us because it is our first hospitality project in the UK and it was a wonderful opportunity to work with a great team to produce a luxurious country house hotel.”
The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House: In focus
The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House – a principal reception room at the hotel – is a significant feature of the new-look Linthwaite House. The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House comprises generous informal seating, a bar, dining zones for hotel guests and non-resident functions, and is situated adjacent to a large terrace, designed to accept a marquee for large events.
The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House replaces a much smaller Victorian-style conservatory that previously existed at the hotel. Mark Jones of Westbury Garden Rooms was the creative designer on the conservatory project, while Chris Oakley of Gensler was the project architect and Galliford Try completed the building and base works.
The new bar & conservatory is a single storey structure with a central dividing wall, large pocket sliding doors, painted timber frames and fascias and granite base walls to match the host building. The roof is weather finished in high-performance flag membrane and sedum living roof.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality, James Upton, Managing Director of Westbury Garden Rooms, said:
“The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House has a generous height, which is always needed in a larger room, with painted frames built in Accoya, giving an internal ceiling height of 2,700mm. The building includes a high performance flat roof with a matching pair of feature pyramid form roof lanterns.
“Adjacent to the host building, the exterior of the flat roof is sedum planted to create a green ‘living roof surface’.
“The Bar & Conservatory at Linthwaite House was a great opportunity for Westbury Garden Rooms, so not only is it significant, it also gave the contractor the opportunity to demonstrate its skills and expertise. For 30 years, Westbury Garden Rooms has built up an excellent reputation for design, quality and innovation.”
“It was exciting for us to be chosen for this project as we were up against two other premium brand specialist suppliers. We were extremely pleased that our design and proposition was chosen and recommended to the hotel owner by the architect.
“Our designer met the hotel owner and overall design team which gave great insight into their expectations and overall feel of what was requited for this high-end hotel.”
The project is clearly a source of pride for Westbury, and James went on to say that, “We are the designer, builder, planner and timber manufacturer of all our conservatories, orangeries, kitchen extensions and pool houses. From the initial consultation to the final coat of paint, every step is undertaken in-house.
“We pride ourselves on the designs that we produce and the ability to fulfil the clients’ wishes in every aspect, without compromise. Our expertise and craftsmanship ensure that we produce a top-quality product every time, with all our products manufactured in house, in our UK factory.”
Moving forward at Linthwaite House, six newly created Woodland Suites will open in autumn this year and will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, an open plan bedroom, bathroom and living space.
Linthwaite House is the latest addition to the portfolio of Leeu Collection, the manifestation of founder Analijit Singh’s vision for sophisticated and unique travel experiences. For more information, please visit: www.linthwaitehouse.com.
Ridge Interior Furnishings Ltd
Ridge Interior Furnishings Ltd is a leading furniture manufacturer specialising in work specifically for the trade. There’s no showroom; all items are made-to-order at Ridge Interior Furnishings’ workshop and factory and are built to meet clients’ requirements.
Since 1984, Ridge Interior Furnishings Ltd has provided furniture for a wealth of great projects, from high-end private houses in Kensington to stunning palaces in Saudi Arabia. The company work with and supply directly to interior designers, so no two jobs are the same and Ridge Interior Furnishings has the capabilities to adapt accordingly.
Most recently, Ridge Interior Furnishings has been involved with the work at Linthwaite House. For this project, the company supplied a range of furniture, including chairs and fitted banquette seating for the dining room, sofa beds and headboards for bedrooms, chairs for the bar area and sofa beds, desk chairs and headboards for the Woodlands Cottages.
Rebekah Otley, Co-Managing Director for Ridge Interior Furnishings Ltd, said:
“This project was great for us and gives us further exposure within the trade.”
“At Ridge Interior Furnishings Ltd, we pride ourselves on our quality – it’s pure craftsmanship. We’re members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, we supply a high-end product, backed by great customer service and this has led to a great deal of repeat business.
“Anything we are given an image of, we can make, from armchairs, sofas and sofa beds to headboards, cushions and more. Sometimes we are given a CAD drawing, other times it’s simply an image from Pinterest – whatever is required we can make it happen.”