Leathes Head revisited
An award-winning hotel in the heart of the Lakes has re-opened its doors to guests following a distinctly Cumbrian makeover.
The refurbishment of The Leathes Head Hotel, in the Borrowdale Valley near Keswick, includes a new showpiece bar featuring Kirkstone Brathay slate, handcrafted Cumbrian oak and even an intricate basket light weaved with willow harvested near Cockermouth. The interior has been crafted by local tradespeople for a stylish, natural and authentic feel – all overseen by design consultancy Other Works.
Pippa, of Other Works, said:
“The Leathes Head Hotel is a small, family run country house hotel and over the last few years work has been implemented to refurbish the hotel, room by room. This year the hotel wanted to create a new bar.
“In terms of the design, the hotel selects local produce, so when it came to the bar we wanted to reflect this idea of local produce through the use of the materials we chose, as well as the craftsmen we were collaborating with. This opened the project up to include beautiful bespoke elements, which truly capture the uniqueness of the Lake District.”
The focus on local artisans and natural materials in the newly created bar area includes some special collaborations with distinctly Cumbrian craftsmen. These include handcrafted Cumbrian oak display cabinets, sustainably sourced and crafted by DF Furniture & Timber in Bothel; a unique metre-wide basket light, using sustainable willow harvested yards from the workshop of traditional basket weaver Phil Bradley to create ambient, intimate lighting over the seating area; and a five metre long curved slate bar, etched with contour lines tracing surrounding lakes and fells. The curved slate bar is a completely one-off item, quarried to order from the Kirkstone Pass by Gordon Greaves Ltd in Ambleside. The intricate pattern was created using the mill’s state-of-the-art cutting equipment.
Rhianon, of Other Works said:
“Leathes Head attract visitors that have come to enjoy the Lakes. We have created an intimate and comfortable space that reflects much of the beautiful surroundings, and invites conversation about the experience of Cumbria. 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.”
The hotel, which was highly commended in Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ and won its 2nd AA rosette last year, has also revamped several of its eleven uniquely-styled bedrooms and bathrooms.
Manager of The Leathes Head Hotel, Jamie Adamson, said:
“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!”
For more information about The Leathes Head Hotel, please visit: www.leatheshead.co.uk.