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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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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
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Flatscreen TV
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Mountain_Bike_Rider wrote a review 12 Jan
Leeds, United Kingdom372 contributions180 helpful votes
Very different to the more conspicuous and larger Hotels adjacent to the Borrowdale Road. A very peaceful location and I'm sure in summer quite lovely. On a cool Twixmas it was the standard of service, quality of rooms and general comfort and warmth of the public areas that made our stay so pleasant. Food was also very good, yes they have changed the Chef but I thought food was of a very high standard from mainly local ingredients, very well cooked and presented. Service was a tiny bit hit and miss as everyone was dining at same time. 2 nights out of 3 it was spot on. Only minor negative was the cooked breakfast, not quite up to scratch on one morning and on two occasions there was a slight mix up of when porridge should arrive, preferably not at same time as Eggs Benedict. However overall a very enjoyable and reasonably priced stay, will add to my list of favourites in the Lakes and hopefully return in better weather to more enjoy the grounds and location.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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bene-bonviveur wrote a review Dec 2021
11 contributions5 helpful votes
We were led to Leathes Head by it being in the Michelin Guide. We love food and travel widely to Michelin starred restaurants and anywhere with a good reputation for food. The Michelin Guide is only concerned with the food but, due to the restaurant’s location, a visit tends to need an overnight stay: so I’m reviewing both food and accommodation. As the main draw for us was the food, I’ll leave that until last. The hotel is in a great location in Borrowdale with lovely views but sadly let down in a number of respects. The main one being it was absolutely freezing! I’m no lightweight on that front as we have a 19th century house ourselves which is so draughty your fringe lifts if you stand in front of the single-glazed sash windows. But Leathes Head was really, really, cold. Staff should have some clue about this by the fact their guests were wearing blankets (even at dinner) and topping the fires up themselves. I felt several radiators and all of them were turned up full but giving off tepid heat at best; suggesting the boiler was on a low setting. My other half wore a jumper and scarf to bed! At 10pm the bar closes, as do all of the doors downstairs on a timer whereupon there are no staff at all to be seen. Not quite the warm welcome we were hoping for on more than one front. On to the food. I can only assume the chef warranting the restaurant’s entry in the Michelin Guide has now left as, I’m afraid to say, the food we had certainly isn’t up to standard. The appetiser was pleasant followed by scallop with compressed pickled cucumber and horseradish. Sadly the delicate scallop was completely overwhelmed by the strong pickling liquor and horseradish. The main course of ox cheeks was disappointing, being un-seasoned and lacking a sauce to bring the dish together; the small amount of rocket purée was insufficient and the dish overall dry and lacking flavour. We had an optional cheese course but this too was dry as it was served without any accompaniments to cut through the richness of the cheese and provide some ‘wetness’ to take the edge off everything being so dry. A ‘micro-dot’ of kombucha was served but impossible to eat being, literally, a dot. The pudding was a confused caramel parfait. On a more positive note, the members of staff we met were friendly and welcoming; unfortunately let down by lack of comfort and quality of food.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask the hotel to turn up the boiler
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Julieballetmum wrote a review Oct 2021
11 contributions13 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
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Curious_Traveller636 wrote a review Oct 2021
London, United Kingdom228 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
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 (2.6 miles), Derwentwater (3.4 miles), and Surprise View (0.9 miles).
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 (4.2 miles), Watendlath (1.4 miles), and Crosthwaite Parish Church (3.6 miles).
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.