Lake District Hotels win Family Business of the Year!

We’re thrilled to announce that Lake District Hotels has been named at Family Business of the Year at the in-Cumbria Business Awards which took place at The Halston in Carlisle on Thursday 25th November.

Our family owned and family run business operates six venues in the Lake District which includes:

Dani Hope, one of our company directors along with her parents Kit and Charles Graves, dedicated the award to their hard work as she took to the stage.

“It’s a real honour to receive this award especially as there are so many fantastic family businesses operating in the Lake District and Cumbria. Along with our brilliant team at Lake District Hotels, we work every day to ensure our guests have the best experience with us, and the fact they return time after time to visit us is testament to that. After the difficulties of the past 18 months due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate something so positive with the team.” – Dani Hope, Director of Lake District Hotels

The in-Cumbria Business Awards recognise and reward the best of Cumbrian business. Now in its fifth year, this year’s event was hosted by TV presenter Helen Skelton.


Charles Graves, Dani Hope and Kit Graves; Directors of Lake District Hotels

A brief history of Lake District Hotels

The group was established back in 1983 by Kit and Charles when they bought the Kings Arms Hotel. This was the first hotel in the portfolio which has expanded furthermore over the years as we invested in additional properties.

In 2014, the former Queens Hotel in Keswick was transformed into the Inn on the Square thanks to a £2.5 million refurbishment, while the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa underwent a major investment in 2018 with the opening of The Falls Spa, 18 spa suites and the award-winning pan-Asian restaurant, Mizu.

As a company, we strive to put our profits back into the business, with an ongoing programme of refurbishment and investment ensuring the most up-to-date facilities and satisfying experiences for our guests.

We also invest in our various teams across the company, with competitive salaries, training and development, and a range of additional benefits including discounted accommodation and dining rates within the group and a long service awards scheme.

Dani joined her parents in the business 10 years ago, with all three involved in the day-to-day operation of the hotels.

To read a full history of the group, please click here.