The husband and wife duo who own Linthwaite Hotel in the Lake District are gearing up to celebrate their 25th year at the helm of the hotel this July.
Mike Bevans, together with his wife Jean, have been sole owners of the 30-bedroom boutique in the Lakes since 1990 and have won multiple awards in its 25 years.
Despite 25 years at the top, Bevans’ original plan for the hotel was to expand, develop and then move on to something bigger, but the couple soon realised their love for the place and decided to stay at it.
Bevans explains: “Our intention early on was to build Linthwaite up into a great hotel that was open all year round (it used to shut like many others from November to March) and sell it on, with the intention of buying a bigger one and so on. We were going to take on the world.”
Since their purchase in 1990, the Bevans have transformed the boutique and Linthwaite Hotel now boasts a 4 AA red star rating and was named ‘Most Excellent Country House Hotel’ by Conde Nast Johansens.
Bevans continues: “Inevitably there has been lots of change since 1990. We’ve made three major investments to extend and upgrade Linthwaite in line with our ambition. So, what started out as a modest 11 bedroom, two-star hotel that was open throughout the warmer months, is now a 30 bedroom, four-red star hotel with a clutch of awards to its name. And we open all year round.”
“The best thing throughout, without a doubt, has been the people. We’ve been lucky enough to attract great staff and great guests. There is no hotel without them.”