Lindeth Fell Country House Hotel | 30 Year Anniversary
When Pat and Diana bought the hotel for £235,000 in 1984, they were thoroughly thrown in at the deep end. This quote was one of Pat's favourites and he displayed it in the hotel:
“In the four parts of the earth there are many that are able to write books, many that are able to lead armies, many also that are able to govern kingdom and empires, but few there are that can keep a good hotel.” Mark Twain
Diana and Pat shortly after purchasing Lindeth Fell. On reading the guest book, one of their favourite customer comments is "We arrived as two old broilers ... but we left as two spring chickens." The original plan was always to make guests feel welcome.
Diana played an important role in the kitchen right from the beginning. For the first few months of the summer of 1984 she was the only Chef, and remembers her panic on the first morning when there were no instructions how to light the oven to cook breakfast! Many years later she is still renowned for her superb baking skills and her famous brown sugar meringues.
The original booklet produced by the estate agent in 1984. Paying 'only' £235,000 in 1984, Lindeth Fell has since made the most of the stunning natural surroundings and the wonderful Edwardian styling from when the property was completed in 1909. Both Pat and Diana had careers in the air before becoming hoteliers, with Pat's well documented adventurous and dangerous missions for the Royal Air Force, and Diana's more glamorous, though no less adventurous role as a BOAC Stewardess on trans-Atlantic flights aboard the Stratocruiser, frequented by the very rich and very famous.
Pages from the original hotel brochure in 1984. Starting work at 7am and finishing at midnight made it very hard work in the beginning.
Pat in particular was very very single-minded, either it was done properly or not at all. Diana continues with that attitude today, where guests are welcomed individually, by name and with genuine warmth.
The original tariff from 1984 with Bed & Breakfast at £19.95 per person.
Two years later in 1986, Bed and Breakfast cost from £25 per person, per night and you could add dinner for an extra £8 per night!
A sample menu from 1985. Initially, Diana did all the cooking, but with the growth in guest numbers, additional staff have been drafted in, allowing Diana to oversee the operation.
Some of the family celebrating Kate's 21st birthday at Lindeth Fell. Pat and Diana have been lucky to have the support of their four daughters at various stages over the last 30 years.
A more recent picture of Diana with daughters Sheena, Jo and Kate ( with husband Peter ), all of whom work with Diana at the hotel, ensuring the Kennedy family can continue to deliver the quality of service set out as the cornerstone of the business by Pat and Diana in 1984.
Sadly Air Commodore Pat Kennedy, a decorated RAF serviceman before becoming a much respected hotelier,
died in 2010 at the age of 92.
Diana and her four daughters, enjoying Kate and Peter's wedding, held at Lindeth Fell in October 2013. It is clear that the enthusiasm is still there for Lindeth Fell, even after 30 years and as Diana points out, "What else would I do if I didn't have the hotel to run?"