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“Under new management but just as good!”

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The Leathes Head Country House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Borrowdale
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Under new management but just as good!”
Reviewed March 29, 2011

The Leathes Head is under new management. The new manager and staff are keeping up the excellent standards set by Roy and Janice. David Jackson the hotel's very talented chef is still there and the menu has in fact expanded.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

Booked a short break to celebrate our pearl wedding anniversary.Hotel everything i hoped it would be and more.I could not fault the hotel or the setting.The hosts were very attentive and could not do enough for us.The meals were very tasty.We had a lovely relaxing break.We would recommend this hotel whether for a relaxing break or as a base for hillwalking.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2010

We stayed in the superior room which was recently redecorated with ensuite modern bathroom and large bath. We had a nice view from the room towards Cat Bells and surrounding fells. It is a good location for various hikes in Borrowdale valley. There is a lovely garden where we saw a red squirel feeding on bird's food! The couple that manage the hotel is friendly, nice and very efficient for their age. The breakfast menu has around 7 meals to choose from and is delicious. The dinner is 4 course meal with a selection from 3 dishes for each course. Vegeterian options are guaranteed. Bottle of wine is prices reasonably starting around £15. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2009

We stayed at The Leathes Head in February for a one night wedding aniversary stay. It was like staying in a private country house. The welcome was great with complimentary tea and cake in front of a real fire.
Fellow guests were chatty and it gave the hotel a real homely atmosphere. The food is very good, The only downside to the hotel, in my opinion, was the mattress on the bed. Both of us slept really badly and that let down the weekend. I wish that we had upgraded to a king sized bed as I think that would of suited us better.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

In our previous visits to the Lakes we kept searching for that somewhere special & then we stumbled upon the Leathes head.

Since then we have sampled the Leathes head many times over the years, which feels far from the madding crowd but close enough to partake in local activities, if we want to.

The service, comfort, food & relaxed atmosphere never changes. A little jem of a place where I wish I could stay every month!

Whenever we are stressed or just in need of a break we book a few nights for R&R & we have always come away feeling relaxed & revived.

Looking forward to our next stay, which will be soon, I hope..

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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wiltshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2009

We needed to discover a good hotel,somewhere in Cumbria, and suitable for a partially disabled person, as we were on route from Wiltshire to Arran and Islay for a ten day holiday. The internet and Trip Advisor came up with Leathes Head, and what a find that was!
Our downstairs room was fitted with everything you could ever want, and was extremely comfortable.The owners were most attentive and professional. The chef was turning out excellent food, and it seemed a pity that we were only staying for two nights !
We have no hesitation, whatever, in recommending the Leathes Head Hotel in the delightful Borrowdale valley (south of Keswick), for either a stopover or, better, a longer restful stay. We shall be back ! Thank you!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Stirling, Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 28, 2008

Had seen other good reviews, and seemed a safe bet.

But it really did exceed our expectations. The room was fine (not modern, but good older style), the bar and lounges were very relaxing with a fire in one, and lovely views from another.

The owners really do well with the meals (was a DBB deal), with a four course menu that changes daily. The breakfast as well was very good.

Talking to others, it seems they have a good lot of regulars, which is also a good sign.

Only slight negative was quite a hard mattress on the bed, which took some getting used to.

Is very good value, and a perfect weekend or mid-week retreat, with plenty to do locally.

  • Liked — Meals, location, lounges
  • Disliked — Bed, room bit old-fashioned.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Leathes Head Country House Hotel
Address: Borrowdale, Borrowdale CA12 5UY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Borrowdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Leathes Head Country House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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