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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
Fax / photocopying
Adults only
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room features
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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On arrival the hotel looked like something from a postcard with beautiful views of the fells, but unfortunately we were greeted by dirty cups left at the front door!! (Which may I add were still there the next morning). Checked into our room which was stunning, we paid extra to stay in the spa room and we are glad we did, as could not fault the room or its cleanliness. Once settled in we popped down to the bar, where we met 2 ladies. We sat down and waited around 5-10 minutes for service, however, no one around (the two ladies had been waiting longer than us). So I popped my head into the office and asked if any one was serving and we were attended to. I understand it’s a quiet time of the year and staffing levels may be lower, but tend to you’re guests. So onto the dinner service which was in with our room package. Got a drink at the bar and went to sit in the lounge with a lovely wood burner blazing. We recieved menus and asked for the special (surely with only 12 items on the menu you can remember it’s a onion and thyme soup, potato and egg yolk ravioli and a main of pea and panchetta risotto). However, we received bread at the table which was nice and an amuse, which was beautiful. It was seasoned very well; mushroom with roast garlic and we thought this was setting the tone for what was to come. Excitement was in the air boom !!! Unfortunately it went downhill from there. I had the tartlet to start my partner had the ravioli. We tried each other’s food an it was bland an under seasoned the tartlet case was made with a sweet pastry not savoury(strange I didn’t think I was yet on deserts)Anyways At this point I had finished my drink and I didn’t want to ask the server as I thought I would be offered a refill, sadly not. For our mains we ordered fish and the lamb. The lamb was undercooked and chewy, however the cumin yoghurt dressing was tasty. The fish was bland and tasted like it had been hanging about the fridge a little while. Finally, on to our our deserts (yes my drink is still empty). I asked for cheese board, which came with goats cheese. I asked for this to be changed for the cheddar, however, still got the goat cheese an extra cheddar. I felt the place had so much potential but Theres room for improvements, who knows. just appeared that there was a lack of care on this occasion. imagine .. if I was a Michelin inspector checking in on there progress ????
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Our stay in Leathes Head hotel was very pleasant, it has been our best location so far for walking in a peaceful and spotless part of the countryside. Clean and comfortable room, we had a great view, also hot tub bath, a fancy shower, great variations of tea in the room; the very comfortable mattress and pillows, and duvet can really spoil you on your holidays. We had a great birthday party with the company of family and friends, the hotel has great dining for big groups with amazing view and the service was exceptional, Thank you so much guys for taking Care of us especially Leigh, Charlie, Peter, and Lisa. The food was delicious and well presented, nice touch from the Jeff especially for our gluten free breakfast and courses requested.
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I felt a real sense of sadness when we were walking to the carpark of the Leathes Head in Borrowdale for the final time last weekend. We were there to celebrate my sisters 40th and the experience was quite frankly, unforgettable. The moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed, shown our room and soon felt at home. Dinner was exceptional with delicious local meats, fish and other high quality produce. I think the wide selection of wines stood out to me the most as I love a glass of red. The next day we ate a filling Cumbrian breakfast and then walked around the local area which includes several landmarks such as the Bowder Stone which is an easy but very scenic walk from the hotel. The grounds of the hotel are also full of beautiful wildlife and Red Squirrels can even be spotted here! I want to express my warmest gratitude to the staff who made our stay so exceptional. Thank you Leigh and team, you are worth your weight in gold!
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Stayed here over the weekend. Food, service, wine list and rooms were phenomenal. Ate from the a la carte on the first night (highly recommend the lamb and the beef) and had the 6 course tasting menu on the 2nd night. Both nights the food was excellent. Breakfast was very good, set me up for the day ahead. Rooms were clean, comfy and modern. Big thanks to all the staff (Charlie, Peter, Noel, Frank Leigh and Lisa) for looking after us and making my birthday weekend even more special. We will be back.
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Just come back from a lovely weekend stay at the leathes head . This is a small cozy country house. Modern comfy rooms , nice bar and relaxing lounge with welcoming log burner .the food was excellent. The wine list very good and the staff are great . Thanks leathes head for making a special weekend very special indeed.
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Response from The Leathes Head Hotel, General Manager at The Leathes Head Country House Hotel
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you Stephen for your kind words. We are pleased you chose us to host your exclusive use weekend and even more pleased that you had a special weekend. We hope to see you again soon.
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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 Catbells Lakeland Walk (1.8 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 Fellpack, La Rosa Roja Wine and Tapas, and Kat's Kitchen.
Are there any historical sites close to The Leathes Head Country House Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (4.2 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 inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.