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Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel has just had the pleasure of refreshing its links with author Beatrix Potter, by welcoming the son of the former owner who bought the house from her. Mr Tony Doxford spent a few days at the hotel in Bowness, which was literally a homecoming for him, as this was the house in which he grew up. Until recently, he stayed in the room that was once his nursery, which has now been redeveloped to suit the needs of the four star hotel. This time he stayed in what was his granny’s room.
Trips back to Lindeth Howe are very dear to Mr Doxford, who met up with managing director Stephen Broughton and hotel general manager, Alison Magee-Barker, during his recent stay. He took the opportunity to view the tree planted in memory to his younger brother, Ian, who passed away a few years ago and was able to enjoy the stunning gardens and views down to Lake Windermere once more.
Alison Magee-Barker says: “It was lovely to welcome Mr Doxford back ‘home’ and see him enjoying Lindeth Howe’s unique atmosphere once again. Lindeth Howe is a traditional country house hotel and one that places great store in its historic links and glorious past. The Doxford family are our link to the Potters and we like to hear about Mr Doxford’s happy childhood here and listen to his memories.
“Mr Doxford says that no matter what refurbishments we carry out, the house is always as welcoming as ever – a sentiment which many of our regular guests also echo when they come to relax with us. Lindeth Howe is still very much a family home, but today this is a much extended family, stretching around the world”.
Picture shows left to right : Mr Tony Doxford, Stephen Broughton and Alison Magee-Barker.