The 30-bedroom four AA Red Star Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, becomes the fourth property in the company's portfolio.
Leeu Collection managing director Hector de Galard said: "Linthwaite House is a perfect fit for Leeu Collection and the first step in expanding the Leeu Collection footprint internationally.
“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.”
Leeu Collection, owned by Analjit Singh, currently operates two hotels in the Western Cape's wineland town of Franschhoek - Leeu House and Le Quartier Francais. Its third, a 17-bedroom boutique hotel called Leeu Estates, is due to open in June on a 68-hectare vineyard outside Franschhoek.
Singh said the acquisition of Linthwaite House Hotel, run by previous owners Mike and Jean Bevans for the last 25 years, echoed his vision of 'creating unrivalled escapes and offering visitors extraordinary experiences'.
“I am enthusiastic about the evolution within Leeu Collection, acquiring unique properties and giving them the ‘Leeu touch’. Always remaining true to the pillars of the brand, namely inspiring art collections, unique architecture and design; manicured and detailed landscaping that reflects respect for the environment; superlative service with attention to the smallest detail; spectacular views and a world class wine portfolio.
"We are determined to create unforgettable experiences in superb settings and Linthwaite offers just that.”