In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birthday and the region’s link to some of the country’s best known authors, Linthwaite, a luxury country hotel in the Lake District, is launching a Creative Writing Break.

The spectacular landscape of the Lake District has been a huge influence on some of England’s best-known writers including Beatrix Potter, who lived most of her adult life there, writing many books including ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. After her death in 1943, she left her 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust, which to date is one of the largest and most important legacies in the Lake District.

Other famous writers have included William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and John Ruskin. A highlight of the course will be a private viewing, dinner and poetry recital at Wordsworth’s family home, Rydal Mount, where the great author wrote many of his poems.

Designed to unlock a writer’s creativity, the residential course at Linthwaite is suitable for beginners to published authors. It will take place on 29th February – 3rd March 2016, just before the region’s annual literary festival ‘Words by the Water’ in Keswick on 4th -13th March 2016.

The three day Creative Writing Course will be run by Angela Locke, author of six internationally published novels and non-fiction/travel books and a prize-winning poet with five published collections. The course will help participants to find their creative voice, expand their minds and encourage them to write poetry, stories and prose in a supportive environment.

Linthwaite, situated only a few minutes from the famous Bowness-on-Windermere, is set within 14 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens including its own tarn. Its picturesque location, with panoramic views over Lake Windermere, will no doubt be an inspiration to guests and help in the creative process.

Linthwaite boasts 30 individually designed bedrooms, some of which feature hot tubs and free standing baths. It is renowned for its great attention to detail as exemplified by the provision of walking routes and Hunter Wellies which are available for guests to use to enjoy the local area .

The Creative Writing Break includes:

–     3 day Creative Writing Course based on site at Linthwaite

–     3 nights’ accommodation at Linthwaite (29th February to  3rd March)

–     Dinner on 2 of the nights inLinthwaite’s award-winning restaurant with 3 AA rosettes

–     Private viewing and recital at Wordworth’s home

–     Dinner at Wordworth’s home

Prices for the Creative Writing Break start at £462 per person based on double occupancy (one course participant) and £750 per person for sole occupancy and course participation.

To book the ‘Creative Writing Break’ visit www.linthwaite.com or call 015394 88600

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 Editor’s notes

Linthwaite is a luxury, four AA Red Star Hotel located on the southern lakes in Cumbria. Originally built as a country house in 1901, the hotel has been independently owned for 25 years.  Sitting in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers complete privacy and spectacular panoramic views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Luxury accommodation is found in thirty en-suite bedrooms, each one with its own individual interior design and AA Red Star facilities. The hotel features a 3 AA Rosette restaurant where guests can sample some of the finest dishes in the Lake District.

Awards 2016

  • ·         Conde Nast Johansens awarded Linthwaite with the ‘Best Service’ honour at the Conde Nast Johansens 2016 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence
  • ·         Linthwaite won the Good Hotel Guide’s, Editor’s Choice 2016 award in the Romantic Hotel category

Wordsworth’s Home – Rydal Mount

This was Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. It was here that he wrote many of his poems, revised and improved much of his earlier works and published the final version of his most famous poem ‘Daffodils’. See www.rydalmount.co.uk

Words by The Water Festival

The festival is on 4-13 March 2016 and takes place at Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DJ. The full programme is available on the website www.wordsbythewater.org.uk