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The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant

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The Leathes Head is 2021 Michelin Plated magnificent eleven bedroom Edwardian Hotel and Restaurant, 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 and fine dining experince. 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 and a Michelin Plate award 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
Hiking
Patio
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Allergy-free room
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English
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Dreamer34035780107 wrote a review 7 Apr
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Stayed for a romantic weekend for our anniversary. The food for breakfast and dinner, the room and service was excellent. I couldn't fault it and I would recommend staying at the hotel and we will be coming back. As we want to walk Great Gables, the peaks around Buttermere and Catbells. As the weather stop us this time. The food served in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast is excellent. We couldn't fault it. The bar makes excellent cocktails and a wide selection. The Hotel is easily walking distance to the loop path around Derwentwater. However, it can be wet so walking boots/waterproof shoes are recommended. In additional to some good walking routes, mentioned on their website. The bus stop for the Borrowdale bus (87) is just north up the road outside of The Borrowdale Hotel. Its quick and easy way to get to Keswick. The ferry on Derwentwater is also a nice choice, the loop/hop on and hop off ticket can get you into Keswick and back. The third stop (3 - Lodore) is nearby and the path to it is opposite the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Parkies4 wrote a review Mar 2024
Leeds, United Kingdom44 contributions11 helpful votes
A surprise return to the Borrowdale valley but the first time staying here. It was wonderful. The view from our room over the south end of the lake and Catbells was gorgeous. Dinner is a set menu and is fantastic. We stayed for 2 nights so experienced two different menues. Both were delicious. I will call out the amuse bouche in particular. Could have just eaten a pile of those. Lovely little bar and the bar top is a contour map of lakeland in slate which is exquisite. Staff so friendly and helpful. Struck a great balance of formal dining but relaxed, never stuffy. Probably have to mention the food again. It was great including the breakfast.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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David A wrote a review Mar 2024
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A lovely country house hotel. Excellent helpful staff. Wonderful food at the set dinner.Michelin recommended, and lived up to that very high standard. Our room looked out over Borrowdale towards Cats Bells and Skiddaw. The views were breathtaking. The bed room was spacious and comfortable. The bar is surprisingly. Stylish and well stocked it was better than many bars in much bigger hotels that I’ve been to. A nice touch was the table and two chairs close to the window so you could just enjoy the view. All in all a memorable trip and look forward to returning some day.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PaulMawby wrote a review Nov 2023
Markfield, United Kingdom35 contributions15 helpful votes
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Stayed here for 3 nights. The room was fantastic and spacious with mountain views. We also had a spa bath which was lovely. We only had breakfast but there was excellent choice and of high quality. Staff were very helpful and friendly. There are two 7kw electric chargers which were very handy too.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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redscarfox wrote a review Oct 2023
Redcar, United Kingdom976 contributions302 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights and dined in he restaurant on all 3 nights, All the food dinner and breakfast was of the highest quality. The bedroom and bathroom were roomy and well appointed. The bar was small but well stocked, especially with whiskeys, I enjoyed the local Lakeland version. The staff were all exceptional, we can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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culkein wrote a review Oct 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom164 contributions137 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed for one night including dinner. The room was small but comfortable and well equipped. The bathroom was modern and spacious.. The lounge was gracious. The set dinner was lavish - amuse-bouches, 3 courses and petit-fours - and the cooking was excellent. The menu was ox cheek, venison and a ginger cake all with accompaniments. We enjoyed glasses of good Argentinian Malbec. The service was very professional. Breakfast was also well cooked and efficiently served.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Although the hotel is close to the main road it is well set back and quiet
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Elise C wrote a review Oct 2023
Stockport, United Kingdom40 contributions8 helpful votes
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A delightful,relaxing location and excellent service. Our rooms was tastefully decorated , hair conditioner in the bathroom would be an excellent addition . Breakfast was delicious and the beautiful birds feeding outside the window were a bonus , along with the red squirrel. We will be back for another peaceful night and to try out the restaurant.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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squeezyweasel wrote a review Oct 2023
Perthshire UK7 contributions1 helpful vote
The perfect peaceful break in green and lush surroundings. Lovely old Victorian building with cosy contemporary rooms, an intimate bar, spacious comfy lounge and dining area with added entertainment in the shape of a busy bird feeder. The evening meals are simply top notch, with a five course set menu to make you groan with pleasure! And the breakfasts are similarly wonderful. We felt very spoiled. Full marks, chef! The staff are excellent. Nothing is too much trouble. We had some initial difficulty with the car charging port - there is a rather complicated method of getting the darn thing to work - but we got there in the end. Highly recommended. Go.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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andrew m wrote a review Sept 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom72 contributions56 helpful votes
Leathes is getting a good reputation for food and we were delighted to get in as table numbers are small. The chef is inventive , the food of a high standard . There is a good wine list and a comfortable lounge for a drink though I wonder how everyone crams in if all bedrooms are occupied. I think there are 12 letting bedrooms. There was a decent sized dining area though the six set of diners were put in a smallish room Sadly one set of diners were extremely loud which rather spolied the experience in a small area Not the fault of the hotel of course. The meal was a 5 course plus coffee and petit fours . Amuse bouche, bread of the day, and starter, mains dessert Please note there is no choice so find out the menu in advance. The maitre d was charming , introducing each course BUT herein lies the issue with here. Each table had to be served BEFORE the details were announced. This meant our ravioli starter was cold and had toughened. The mains also gone cold. Plates were lukewarm Id like to suggest they announce to each table on service what the meal comprises. No great effort and it would mean meals being hot. Wine list was perfectly adequate starting at £30. However a g and t will cost you £10.50 ...extortionate really. This is a lovely spot much better than the Borrowdale hotel for food *see previous review. The difference in price well worth it at £60 for dinner. I hope the iron out the service issue. We would certainly go back, maybe to stay.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen001_12 wrote a review Aug 2023
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom7 contributions9 helpful votes
We visited for a two night stay and were absolutely delighted with this lovely hotel. Set in beautiful grounds in the Borrowdale valley, it is typical of a Lakeland house. The food was exquisite; certainly Michelin star level and the service level matched this. Our bedroom was a little small, but beautifully clean and quiet with a comfortable bed and the bathroom was large with a bath and a shower. The hotel was well located; close to the lake and Lodore Falls and within a 10 minute drive of Keswick. Overall, a wonderful stay with exceptional food. Well done!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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£103 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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leathes head country borrowdale, leathes head country hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictKeswickBorrowdale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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THE LEATHES HEAD HOTEL & RESTAURANT - Updated 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Alpacaly Ever After (2.6 miles), Keswick Alhambra Cinema (3.5 miles), and Surprise View (0.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Keswick Kitchen, Fellpack, and eS Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant?
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 Hotel & Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Leathes Head Hotel & Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.