Lake District landscape inspires local hotel’s makeover


An award-winning hotel in the Lake District has reopened its doors following an extensive makeover that pays homage to its local surroundings.

The Leathes Head Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley near Keswick now boasts a new look that has been inspired by its locality, including a new showpiece bar featuring Kirkstone Brathay slate, new Cumbrian oak display cabinets and a metre-wide basket light, alongside a revamp of seven of its 11 bedrooms and bathrooms.

Manager, Jamie Adamson hopes that the new stylish bar will encourage more guests to stay longer and really capture people’s imagination.

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The whole interior has been crafted by local tradespeople – with products coming from the likes of Ambleside and Bothel – and the design overseen by consultancy Other Works.

The hotel, which was highly commended in Cumbria Tourism’s Small Hotel of the Year and won its second AA Rosette last year, continues to go from strength to strength.

Manager of The Leathes Head Hotel, Jamie Adamson, says: “We are always striving to take the hotel to the next level and this major overhaul over the last few months is all about helping our guests make the most of the unique Lake District landscape right outside the window.

“We are particularly proud of our stylish new bar area, which uses local, natural materials to showcase the best of what Cumbria has to offer. We are hoping the bar itself will be a real conversation starter and encourage people linger that bit longer!”

Pippa Murray from Other Works adds: “There is an amazing network of skilled craftspeople in Cumbria and getting the chance to work with some of them has been a dream project. Designing and working with local materials in the valley where the finished products will be used has been a really fulfilling experience and we’re glad to be continuing our long and happy association with Cumbria.”