Leathes Head Hotel

Borrowdale, Cumbria

In arguably the Lake District’s most picturesque valley, Borrowdale, this Edwardian country house has spectacular views and is a favourite of outdoors lovers who like their creature comforts. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In arguably the Lake District’s most picturesque valley, Borrowdale, this Edwardian country house has spectacular views and is a favourite of outdoors lovers who like their creature comforts. Many walks can be taken from the doorstep; on return, there’s tea by the log-burner in the lounge or on the terrace overlooking the garden with its birds and wildlife. Guests often report spotting red squirrels. ‘Well-presented’ bedrooms all have views, and are gently traditional with pale colours, soft carpets and a contemporary bathroom. One reader praised Cat Bells with its views of the eponymous fell ‘one way and over fields the other’. Chef Noel Breaks’s ‘excellent cooking’ is a big draw with a daily-changing set menu that might include treacle-cured trout with cauliflower panna cotta or duck breast with blackberries, potato and sage terrine. Lamb from nearby Yew Tree Farm is always popular. Almost all is made from scratch, including the bread, which also features at breakfast alongside dishes such as eggs Benedict and the full Cumbrian with vegetarian option. The views from the conservatory dining room guarantee a memorable meal. (SP, JB)

Hotel details

Address

Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UY
England

Telephone

01768 777247

Bedrooms

11. Some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

lounge, bar, conservatory restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, terrace, 3-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public rooms.

Children

not under 15.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £150. Set 4-course dinner £48.95. 1-night bookings refused Sat May–Sept.