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Leathes Head Garden

13 July

It doesn’t get much better in the Borrowdale Valley than on days like today, with temperatures in the twenties and plenty of sunshine. There hasn’t been much rain for weeks so the waters in Derwent water are low. ‘The Bog Garden’ at the hotel is a dry as it has been since this time last year, although the plants seem to be still thriving. It is peaceful in the garden; an opportunity to sit and enjoy the views across to Catbells and Skiddaw. The fellside bracken will not stay this green for too many more weeks. Along the valley in Keswick, the annual activity stimulated by the start of this year’s Convention is underway, in stark contrast to the tranquility here.


Leathes Head Garden

30 June

As the month ended, the hot weather cleared and grey skies replaced blue ones. Still, this gave the hotel garden’s many flowering plants and scrubs a chance to show off their colours. Hydrangeas, rhododendrons and cotoneaster have always done well in this part of the Lake District. As do the scrubs on the terrace at the front of the hotel, like meadow sweet, which is very popular with honey bees. Elsewhere this year there has been a profusion of wild flowers since we took a more relaxed approach to strimming back the vegetation. For the first time, we have seen bird’s foot trefoil, pignut, and vetch. Our newly created ‘Flower Spiral’ in the centre of the front lawn is finally coming to life after a slow start, offering a wider range of delights for the wildlife of the Borrowdale Valley.


Borrowdale Hotel ‘backs the bid’ and welcomes UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body

The award-winning Leathes Head Hotel, in the Borrowdale Valley near Keswick hosted a special dinner last week with assessors from UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body as part of the Lake District’s nomination for World Heritage Status.

The week-long visit marked a major milestone for the nomination process and involved the Lake District National Park, together with a range of organisations from the partnership, who delivered an outstanding programme showcasing three key themes of the World Heritage Bid: Identity, Inspiration and Conservation.

The Leathes Head served Hogget from neighbouring Yew Tree Farm at Rosthwaite to a party of twenty including representatives of our farming community who shared with the assessors their own experiences of how farming has shaped the landscape we live in today and how vital preserving the heritage.

Jamie Adamson, Manager of The Leathes Head Hotel, said,

“We are very proud to have been a part of this significant and important visit to the Lake District.  It was a crucial part to the World Heritage nomination process and we thoroughly enjoyed being at the heart of the visit, and showing how much the Borrowdale Valley has to offer to the world. We are very much excited about the bid and look forward to 2017.”

After their stay in the Borrowdale Valley, the assessors met representatives of the Caldbeck Commoners Association to discuss common land issues and finished with a boat trip around Derwentwater which also served as a final meeting with members of the World Heritage steering group.

The assessors will now report back to the ICOMOS committee later in the year with the final decisions being made in July 2017.

Leathes Head unveiled as finalist for the 13th Cumbria Tourism Awards

The Leathes Head Country House Hotel in Borrowdale, has been unveiled as one of the finalists for the 13th annual Cumbria Tourism Awards. The Leathes Head is one of just four businesses in the Small Hotel of the Year category, sponsored by Colliers International, and the only hotel from the North Lakes to have made the shortlist.

This news comes just a month after the hotel restaurant was awarded its second AA Rosette. Jamie Adamson, general manager said: “We are truly delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. At The Leathes Head, we’re dedicated to delivering a high standard in everything we do, particularly for the food we serve in our restaurant.  It means a lot to know that all our hard work and passion is being recognised.”

Ian Stephens, Managing Director at Cumbria Tourism, said: “The long established Cumbria Tourism Awards are widely recognised by both local businesses and visitors as a mark of distinction and quality. Those businesses lucky enough to win an award in one of the 15 categories are deservedly recognised as being at the pinnacle of their profession and represent the very best the county has to offer. Our shortlisting and judging process is renowned for being of the highest order, with high numbers of entrants going on to compete successfully in the VisitEngland Excellence Awards each year.”

The lucky shortlisted businesses will attend a glitzy black tie award ceremony at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on 16th June and compete for the honour of being recognised as the best in Cumbria.

The Leathes Head Country House Hotel is a charming 11 bedroom Edwardian hotel, situated in the unspoilt Borrowdale Valley, just 4 miles south of Keswick.

To find out more about the Cumbria Tourism Awards visit