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Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Linthwaite House ( recognized as the 29th best hotel in the United Kingdom and the only one in the Lake District to make the list.


Linthwaite House

Just a year after it completed its £12-million-plus renovation, Linthwaite House is honoured to be included in the Condé Nast Traveler awards, among peers that include long-established luxury hotels such as Cliveden House, Gleneagles, Summer Lodge and Coworth Park.


Said Analjit Singh, Founder of Leeu Collection, which owns Linthwaite House, “I am delighted that the hard work of the entire team has paid off and been recognised by the most highly regarded travel awards in the world. We highly value our customers and work hard to ensure they enjoy amazing experiences when they stay with us, by always partnering with the best in class, such as Simon Rogan who operates Linthwaite House’s Henrock restaurant, so we are extremely grateful to them for recognising that effort and taking the time to vote for us”.


More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted an incredible number of responses rating their travel experiences across the globe.


“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. Editor of Condé Nast Traveler . “The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next.”


The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.


The 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.


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Leeu Collection (in Sanskrit singh means lion, which is leeu in Afrikaans) comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa (Leeu Estates, a 23-room country house retreat and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, a 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a romantic 32-room hotel with two independent villas also located in the village) and Linthwaite House, an historic 36-bedroom property in the UK’s Lake District. Another Leeu property is due to open in Florence in 2021.

Leeu Collection works closely with leaders in the food and spa industries to ensure a first-class experience at all its properties. The world-renowned La Colombe team has restaurants at Leeu Estates and Le Quartier Français, while the award-winning Darren Badenhorst runs the F&B operations at Leeu Estates and Leeu House. In the UK, Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan oversees the food offering at Linthwaite House. South African brand Healing Earth, which is dedicated to award-winning quality, unparalleled service excellence and memorable experiences, manages the Leeu Spa in Franschhoek.

Extending beyond the offering of luxury accommodation, Analjit Singh is a partner in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, which produces award-winning wines in the Swartland wine region some 80km north of Cape Town.

Everard Read in partnership with Leeu Collection is a considered space in Franschhoek showing modern and contemporary artworks by Southern African artists. The Gallery includes a sculpture garden, interspersed with herbs and vegetables and is located adjacent to Le Quartier Français.