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The Leathes Head Hotel

(99 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.4
  • Value 4.3
  • Friendliness 4.8
  • Cleanliness 4.8
  • Amenities 4.3
  • Service 4.8
  • Location 4.9
  • Breakfast 4.6

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The Leathes Head Hotel Information


Welcome to The Leathes Head, a luxury eleven bedroomed Edwardian Country House Hotel, situated in the unspoilt Borrowdale Valley and past winner of Cumbria Tourism Small Hotel of the Year. 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.

An Historic Cumbrian Hotel with Edwardian Elegance THE LEATHES HEAD IS A BEAUTIFUL EDWARDIAN PERIOD COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL BUILT IN 1909 IN THE HEART OF THE BORROWDALE VALLEY. Built as a home for Edith Hellon, the daughter of a Liverpool ship-owner, the house was constructed of locally sourced slate. Its setting, amid glorious landscaped grounds on a lovely grassy knoll, ensured its spectacular views. Edith never married, and in 1938 she gave some of the surrounding land to the National Trust before selling the house. She died in 1940 in Egremont, Cheshire and is buried in the Hellon family tomb in St. Hilary's, Wallasey. Since then the house has been extended and established as a hotel. It retains the character of the Edwardian Residence, with carefully restored original features apparent from the moment you enter. To this day there are still unique parts of the house that haven’t changed over the years. Our beautiful tiled entrance hall floor was hidden under carpet for the past 50 years, and for a floor that is over 100 years old it is in amazing condition.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitized tableware


  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wakeup call
  • Bike lock-up
  • Laundry
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Ice machine
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Sun terrace
  • Breakfast served in restaurant


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Secure parking
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Accessible parking

Business Facilities

  • Photocopying
  • Printing


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Half-board
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • River rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Theater
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Adventure
  • Backpacking
  • Mountain sports
  • Retreat
  • Watersports
  • Wild life
  • Paragliding
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    3:00 PM 10:00 PM
  • Check out
    11:00 AM
  • Child Policy
    Adults only
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties allowed including bachelor parties
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from M6 (16.0 miles)

    Travelling to Borrowdale by Car:
    Come off the M6 motorway at junction 40 signposted Penrith
    Follow signs for the A66 Keswick for around 16 miles
    At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Crosthwaite Road / A5271
    Turn left onto High Hill / A5271 and continue until the roundabout
    Turn right onto the B5289 for Borrowdale
    Go straight on through the 1st roundabout and turn right at the 2nd
    Continue down the Borrowdale Valley for 4 miles
    Turn left up the driveway, the hotel is set back from the road

  • Train from Penrith (16.0 miles)

    Travelling To Borrowdale By Train:
    The closest main line station to the Hotel is at Penrith, on the West Coast line. From the station, you can either take a taxi directly to the hotel which will take around 40 minutes and cost around £40.00. Or catch the X4 or X5 bus that runs to Workington via Keswick, alight at Booths supermarket in Keswick. From there you then catch the number 78 bus service that runs down the Borrowdale Valley and this will be able to drop you right at the front entrance.

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