Lake District Hotels Ltd. is a group of 6 family owned and run hotels situated in the picturesque market town of Keswick and on the shores of Derwentwater and Ullswater. The company was established in 1983 by Kit and Charles Graves when they bought the Kings Arms Hotel in Keswick. In 2011, Kit and Charles’ daughter, Daniella Hope, joined the group and became a Director in 2014. The family is actively involved in running the hotels and can often be seen in and around them.
Lake District Hotels has a dedicated senior management team in each hotel and in the head office, many of whom have been working for the group for many years. The day to day running is over seen by Gwyn Jones, Group Operations Manager.
1st March 2023
The Borrowdale Hotel undergoes a ground-floor refurbishment, inspired by local landscapes and the hotel’s historic features.
1st March 2023
Lake District Hotels totally revamp the traditional coaching inn, bringing character and style to the popular hotel
1st February 2023
1st January 2023
Bring out the cake! The Kings Arms celebrates its 40th birthday owned by the Graves Family.
1st October 2022
Mizu at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa wins ‘Best Restaurant in England’ at the 2022 Golden Chopsticks Awards.
31st May 2022
1st March 2022
The Skiddaw Hotel picked up another nomination – this time for Large Hotel of the Year
1st December 2021
We’re a family business at heart. In fact, we took home the award for Cumbria’s Family Business of the Year in 2021.
22nd November 2021
We held our first Long Service Awards this year – read more on our blog
6th September 2021
Good Spa Guide Awards; Best Countryside Getaway
1st September 2020
Winner of the Professional Beauty Awards; 1. Midlands and North West Spa of the Year; 2. Boutique Spa of the Year and the Northern Design Awards; Landscaping Design & Installation Award
1st August 2020
Brasserie 31 opens at the Skiddaw Hotel under supervision of new head chef Bobby Fillingham and is awarded it’s first AA Rosette within a month of opening.
1st March 2020
Inn on the Lake gets a full ground floor refurbishment
1st March 2020
Skiddaw Hotel gets a full ground floor refurbishment and also awarded a 4th AA star for excellence
1st June 2019
The Falls Spa garden opens to the public. The grass really is greener on this side of Derwentwater!
1st May 2019
Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa wins the Golden Chopsticks Award for Best Newcomer
7th November 2018
The brand new Spa and 18 new Spa Suites open at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa
31st October 2018
1st May 2018
Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant at the Lodore Falls Hotel opens
22nd April 2017
Lodore Falls Hotel closes for 6 weeks in January to undergo a complete ground floor refurbishment, while the old leisure club is demolished to make way for an exciting new development.
22nd June 2016
The Candleroom is added to the Rambler’s Bar at the Inn on the Lake.
22nd April 2016
Brossen Steakhouse at the Inn on the Square wins the Cumbria Life award for Best Local Restaurant.
22nd April 2015
The Queens Hotel is renamed Inn on the Square and opens its doors in June to reveal a brand-new look including 34 new bedrooms, 13 of which feature Herdwick sheep walls, and Keswick’s only dedicated steakhouse, Brossen Steakhouse. Inn on the Square received 4 AA stars and 1 rosette for dining in Brossen Steakhouse within 6 weeks of opening.
22nd June 2014
The Queens Hotel in Keswick was purchased in April and closed in November for a £2.5million renovation of ground floor and all bedrooms.
22nd May 2014
The Borrowdale Hotel receives the final instalment of its refurbishment with lounge, bar and conservatory getting a complete makeover.
22nd April 2014
Biomass boilers are installed at the Lodore Falls Hotel and Borrowdale Hotel.
22nd May 2013
Kings Arms Hotel receives a full ground floor refurbishment
22nd April 2013
The Orangery at the Inn on the Lake is built and opened offering 360 degree views of lake and fells. Inn on the Lake won Cumbria Tourism Large Hotel of the Year award and Outstanding Customer Service award.
22nd April 2011
Inn on the Lake receives a complete ground floor refurbishment
22nd April 2008
Borrowdale Hotel is purchased and all bedrooms receive a full refurbishment.
22nd April 2006
Loose Box Pizzeria is refurbished and renamed LB’s Pizza House
22nd April 2004
Lodore Swiss Hotel is bought from Hilton, renamed The Lodore Falls Hotel and regains 4 AA stars.
22nd April 2001
The Ullswater Hotel is renamed Inn on the Lake and reopens in April after a full refurbishment.
22nd June 2000
The Loft Nightclub, situated above LB’s Pizza House in the Kings Arms Courtyard, opens.
22nd April 2000
The Ullswater Hotel is purchased and receives a complete refurbishment.
22nd April 1998
The George Hotel in Penrith is purchased in November.
22nd April 1995
The Skiddaw Hotel next door to the Kings Arms Hotel is purchased.
22nd April 1988
Casablanca Piano Bar opens in the Kings Arms Courtyard, having formerly been garages and a flat.
22nd April 1985
Loose Box Pizzeria (now LB’s Pizza House) was converted from an old stable in the Kings Arms Courtyard.
22nd April 1983
The Kings Arms hotel in Keswick was purchased. There were 21 bedrooms with 4 shared bathrooms. This was soon changed to the existing layout of 13 en-suite bedrooms. The hotel was bought at auction from Jennings Brewery.