Linthwaite House will be closed for refurbishment from Monday the 19th of June until Spring 2018. Leeu Collection will be upgrading this popular Lake District boutique hotel in order to bring you an even better, more beautiful Linthwaite House.

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Leisure Activities in The Lake District

For the less energetic, you can enjoy a gentle stroll around one of the picturesque villages or do a little shopping – it is a great place for some retail therapy. Or take one of the many relaxing lake cruises.

There are department stores, specialist shops and factory outlets in the main towns, from Lakeland Limited in Windermere to Hawkshead in Bowness-on-Windermere, which has something for everyone. Below is a line-up of some of the better shops around the Lake District.


Blackwell Arts & Crafts House just down the road offers fine crafts and books. In Bowness just a mile away, you will find Peter Rabbit and Friends. On nearby Ash Street go to George Banks Jewellers for quality watches and jewellery, and then there is Helen’s Chocolates. Up the hill and on the right you will find a really good cooking shop and further on is Stuarts Sports (outdoor gear).


On up to Windermere where you will find kitchenware stockist Lakeland; Booths, which is full of local food and drink; Windermere Wines, which stocks wine and beer too; and Gina Ricci, which sells outdoor clothing and accessories, including brands such as Barbour and Dubarry.


Ambleside has a plethora of outdoor shops, including well-known Cunningham’s and Gaynor’s, which is vast. Tysons are the best at boot fitting – well worth it if you are serious about walking the fells. The Old Court House Gallery offers arts and fine cards, and Henry Roberts stocks books and maps. Zeffirelli’s serves coffee and excellent vegetarian options. Chesters by the River, situated to the left of the Skelwith Bridge Hotel, offers great shopping and food. The owner also has the famous Drunken Duck Inn at nearby Barngates.


In Grasmere you will find the famous Gingerbread Shop and Sam Read’s book shop, which sells a range of books from Wordsworth’s poetry to Wainwright’s guides. Also try Herdy’s shop, which is full of ideas for Christmas. For coffee, tea or a snack, try Baldry’s – they sell some pretty gifts too. There is also a gallery showcasing Heaton Cooper’s Lake District paintings.


Hawkshead is a great little car-free village which is known for Hawkshead, an outdoor store, and the Beatrix Potter gallery. Poppi Red is an intriguing gallery that has its own tea shop. Also pop in to Henry Roberts book shop and Hawkshead Relish.


Keswick is about 23 miles (37 kilometres) away from the hotel. George Fisher, with its boot-fitting facility and café, is the best outdoor gear shop in the Lake District. Keswick is an easy town to stroll through with a good antique shop in the centre. Bryson’s craft bakery and tea shop is also worth a visit (as is its sister shop back in Bowness at the bottom of town).


Kendal is a good size market town just 7 miles (11 kilometres) away with all sorts of shops, galleries and tea rooms. Our favourite is Armstrong Ward Lifestyle near Booths, which sells an array of homeware, including Emma Bridgewater, gifts, arty items and quality children’s items. Also in Kendal is the Made in Cumbria shop, Frank Stainton’s wine shop and Baba Ganoush Food Shop & Canteen.


Just a few miles north of Kendal off the A590 is Staveley. This is home to one of the makers of tomorrow’s antiques Peter Hall’s beautiful wooden objects. Also in Staveley is Wheelbase, which is one of the biggest cycle shops in the UK. Hawkshead Brewery, which had to move from Hawkshead due to its size, offers great beers on tap and to take away, as well as tapas and meals. Or you could opt for More?, the artisan bakery next door. Inglefield garden centre, on the road going north out of the village, offers plants and unusual trees.
On the way out of Cumbria South to Junction 36, M6 is the multi award-winning Barn Shop at Sizergh, just off the A590 south of Kendal, which offers delicious food to take home from the best producers in Cumbria, as well as crafts and gifts. If you’re going north up the M6 call in at the Westmorland Services for top notch food – it’s owned by farmers.
Why not treat yourself to a little pampering in your room? We are delighted to offer in-room treatments for one of the ultimate Lake District spa breaks.
Amanda and Menno, a husband and wife team from Body & Sole Therapy in Kendal, offer various in-room massage treatments such as:
Reflexology – £70.00 (1 hour)
Massage of the feet to aid relaxation and help bring about a balance within the body.
Aromatherapy – £70.00 (1 hour)
Gentle massage of the body using essential oils that have different properties to relax/stimulate/stress relief.
Indian Head Massage – £70.00 (1 hour)
Massage of back/shoulders/neck/scalp/face to stimulate/relax. Also using pressure points to bring about feelings of well being.
Swedish Massage – £70.00 (1 hour)
Invigorating massage to stimulate circulation, relieve muscle aches, aid relaxation and fights stress.
Sport Massage – £70.00 (1 hour) (male therapist)
Deep massage to specific muscles to release muscle ache and tension.
Aromaflex – £90.00 (1½ hours)
Aromatherapy back massage and reflexology treatment.
Themae Pregnancy Massage – £70.00 (1 ¼ hours)
Foot & body massage to ease aches and improve circulation. (You must be past your 1st tri-mester)
Manicure – £45.00 (1 hour)
Pedicure – £44.00 (1¼ hours)
Facials – £70.00 (1 hour)
Using Germaine de Capuccini products.
Deluxe Facial – £85.00 (1½ hours)
With back massage.
Themae Collagen Facial – £75.00 (1 ¼ hours)
Using traditional Japanese culture anti ageing techniques With foot soak and foot massage. While the facial mask is at work you can also enjoy a gentle hand massage
So Delicate – £75.00 (1 hour)
For sensitive skin to take away any redness, sensitivity and tendency to react.  It soothes and strengthens the skins natural defenses to progressively recover its normal functions.
Eye Contour Treatment – Specialised – £85.00 (1 hour)
Treatment for eye contour area that uses a micro current to help reduce lines and bags under the eye area.  Includes cleanse, tone, mask and moisturizer for rest of face.


Seaweed (Detox) Body Wrap – £90.00 (1½ hours)
Including massage.
Hydrating Body Wrap – £90.00 (1½ hours)
Aloe Vera hydrating gel including massage.
Red Grape Wrap – £80.00 (1¼ hours)
Excellent antioxidant wrap, body scrub followed by back and back of leg   massage then red grape wrap applied and finally moisturiser.
Hot Pinda Spice – £120.00 (2 hours)
This treatment starts off with gentle body stretching performed with a Turkish foulard and followed by a spice body scrub then a hot pinda (steam heated rice and spice filled bag) massage, then your silk body wrap cream is applied and left on for approximately 15 minutes while a mini Indian head massage is enjoyed finally the silk is massaged in as the moisturiser.
Specialised Facials
From Spain and Italy’s Number 1 skin care company Germaine De Capuccini.
Time Expert – £90.00 (1 hour)
Concentrated anti-wrinkle treatment with a triple action that neutralizes dermo-contractions, fills in expression lines and softens wrinkles.
Time Expert White – £100.00 (1 hour)
Anti-aging to help treat age spots, pigmentation problems and bring luminousity back to the skin, has micro-dermabrasion techniques and glycolic facial peel to reveal clearer skin. (Cannot be done within 6 months of a chemical peel or using Vitamin A)
Strategist Refine – £85.00 (1 hour)
Inspired by micro-dermabrasion techniques this treatment deeply retextures the epidermis to reveal glowing skin (Cannot be done within 6 months of a chemical peel or using Vitamin A)
Hydracure – £85.00 (1 hour)
Calms the skins extreme thirst, excellent for dehydrated skin, before/after prolonged sun exposure.
Execel Therapy O2 – £90.00 (1 hour)
Oxygenating facial designed for all skin types to combat the aging process by bringing new life into the skin, especially useful for smokers.
Mens C Plus Energy – £85.00 (1 hour)
Designed with men’s skin in mind, re-energising and detoxifying helping to combat skin fatigue, dryness, wrinkles and premature ageing.
Some treatments may require 24 hours notice, and are subject to availability. Please contact reservations on 015394 88600 or email for more information or to make a booking. Charges will apply if cancelled within 24 hours.
We now also have an arrangement for your pleasure, with the Old England Hotel’s spa in Bowness, which they opened in 2008. It comprises eight tranquil treatment rooms; a subdued relaxation room; a 20-metre heated pool; an air-conditioned, day-lit Technogym, and thermal suites with saunas, aroma steam rooms and all manner of invigorating showers.