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The Leathes Head Country House Hotel

Keswick CA12 5UY England
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#3 of 6 hotels in Borrowdale
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The Leathes Head is a magnificent eleven bedroom Edwardian Country House Hotel, situated in the unspoilt Borrowdale Valley. The hotel is set amongst three acres of private grounds and is surrounded by stunning scenery, meandering rivers and some of the most spectacular fells in North West England. With superb views across the valley and easy access to Keswick, this is the perfect place for a relaxing break. The entire Borrowdale Valley is ringed by glorious fells known and loved by seasoned walkers. Lake cruises, water sports, mountain biking trails and plenty of other Lake District activities are all within easy reach of the hotel. We are proud holders of two AA Rosettes for food, and our guests can enjoy dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients; sit in the traditional bar to enjoy a drink or watch the wildlife from the comfort of the conservatory windows before retiring to one of the individually furnished bedrooms, with views of the surrounding countryside and hotel gardens. The hotel is proud to be nominated two years running for Hotel of the Year in the Cumbria Tourism awards.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Allergy-free room
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
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Julieballetmum wrote a review Oct 2021
11 contributions3 helpful votes
Lovely country hotel in a beautiful part of the Lake District . Comfortable room with a good en suite shower. The bar although small was good and the lounge was spacious and had excellent views of the surrounding countryside (binoculars provided). On arrival we were greeted and given a tour of the facilities with everything explained before being shown to our room. Breakfast was excellent with a good choice of options. Dinner was a taster menu, every course was explained and the food was to an excellent standard.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Curious_Traveller636 wrote a review Oct 2021
London, United Kingdom227 contributions94 helpful votes
We are on our way to Scotland and decided to stop one night in the Lakes, and decided on the Leathes Head Hotel. It was a slight detour and we are very glad we did. Charlie our host met us and apologised from the outset that he was covering on his own and to bear with him: he didn’t need to apologise. Everything worked beautifully from meeting in the bar at 6.30 to order drinks, to having a glass in the lounge where the fire enhanced the atmosphere, to a lovely light dinner. We can see why Michelin endorsed the kitchen. The menu is limited and some people might struggle with that, but from the amuse bouche, to the artichoke, then brill then blueberry dessert, before two chocolate petits four, we loved it. Sourdough bread also worthy of a mention. Astonishingly good wine list via Cortney and Barrow and mark ups reasonable, although limited choice by the glass which is expected in a small hotel. Comfy room and bed: very hot shower. We booked a mountain side view and boy did we get it. My wife last stayed in the Lakes 30 years ago and woke to thick fog and couldn’t see a thing. Not today. Stunning views. Breakfast is also great with plenty of choice. Good tea and coffee in the room. The team have adjusted well to Covid times. In summary, we loved it and highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Scenic384634 wrote a review Oct 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our favourite hotel for the last 24 years. Disappointed with recent stay. Paid top price for Room 11, this room is not on the website, cheap furniture very dated, tiny shower room and tatty. Staff were great, very attentive. Food was delicious but a fixed menu, no extra veg! Would have liked more choice. Wine list should have a wider selection, top on price. I felt sadly hotel were being greedy. We have had some great times at this hotel set in beautiful countryside but now feel it’s time to make new memories elsewhere.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Drewber40 wrote a review Sep 2021
72 contributions49 helpful votes
Stayed here for two nights as a treat, including dinner. Some things on the dinners were not to our taste, but it was good to try them. The breakfasts were very good, especially enjoyed the sausages and black pudding. The staff were very busy and very friendly. The room was a little tired in places and one of the pillow cases was dirty. Overall it was a good experience.
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Date of stay: September 2021
caroline H wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
Absolutely brilliant. Staff were very attentive and food was amazing. Room was so comfortable and very clean. They obviously take Covid seriously. Definitely stay again and would recommend to everyone. If you’re looking for a hotel that accommodates your personal preferences stay here!!! Loved it and definitely coming back
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is good, roads are narrow so drive carefully
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US$182 - US$233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Leathes Head Country House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Alpacaly Ever After (4.2 km), Derwentwater (5.4 km), and Surprise View (1.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Round, Panino Italiano, and Fellpack.
Are there any historical sites close to The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (6.7 km), Watendlath (2.3 km), and Crosthwaite Parish Church (5.8 km).
Does The Leathes Head Country House Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Leathes Head Country House Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.