South African hotel group, Leeu Collection has acquired its first UK property, the 30-bed boutique hotel, Linthwaite House in the Lake District.
The collection currently operates two hotels – Leeu House and Le Quartier Francais – with a third, Leeu Estates, due to open in June 2016.
Linthwaite House, situated in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, has been independently owned for the past 25 years and comprises 30 bedrooms and a 3 AA Rosette restaurant.
The boutique has already scooped two awards in this year alone, including a Best Service honour from Conde Nast Johansens 2016 Awards for Excellence as well as the Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice Award in the Romantic Hotel category.
“Linthwaite House is a perfect fit for Leeu Collection and the first step in expanding the Leeu Collection footprint internationally,” says Hector de Galard, managing director, Leeu Collection. “It strengthens Leeu Collection’s position in the hospitality sector and underlines our determination to create exceptional retreats, not only in South Africa, but around the globe.”
The Leeu Collection is owned by entrepreneur Analjit Singh, and the word leeu is the Afrikaans word for lion.
Singh said: “I am enthusiastic about the evolution within Leeu Collection, acquiring unique properties and giving them the ‘Leeu touch’. We are determined to create unforgettable experiences in superb settings and Linthwaite offers just that.”