Come and take the Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle tour

Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character? It’s a tough question, as the famous author created so many adorable little creatures, but naturally we’re a little biased. Given the close proximity of Borrowdale Gates to the Newlands Valley – home of the wonderful Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – it’s no surprise we’re huge fans of the friendly hedgehog washerwoman.

Perhaps you know her story, which was published by Beatrix Potter 110 years ago, back in October 1905. A small child named Lucie happens upon Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s cottage in the Catbells and is invited to stay for tea. She then helps her host deliver fresh laundry to the birds and other animals in the neighbourhood.

The Newlands Valley and surrounding hills were the inspiration for the famous tale, and the book contains beautiful drawings of the local landscape. The fells are awash with hand-built dwellings, rustic pathways and stone walls, and Beatrix Potter managed to capture the magic of the area perfectly in her sketches.

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel has created a special two-day programme for our guests. This allows you to explore the surrounding hills and valleys, and learn more about the history of the book and Beatrix Potter’s close links to this area.

She spent time in and around Keswick on holiday, particularly at the Lingholm Estate on the edge of Derwent Water. We’d very much like you to follow in her footsteps – to come and explore the wonders of the northern Lakes for yourself. We promise you won’t regret it!

A feast for the senses in Keswick

So many of us are choosing to holiday in Britain at the moment, exploring the wealth of wonderful landscapes and culture that is here on our doorstep. So why not take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the wonderful attractions of the English Lakes this summer?

Our luxurious four-star hotel is well-situated for a host of activities that will find favour with everyone, young and old alike.

The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick ( has a wonderful season of plays planned for the late summer and early autumn. Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s iconic observation of 1970s suburban society, is a highlight that will be sure to delight.

Keen cyclists will enjoy the friendly community they find at the Greystoke Cycle Café in nearby Penrith ( The venue also runs a series of “Quirky Workshops” that will appeal to the inner artisan in us all! Choose from bushcraft, stone carving, wood whittling, spinning… Find inspiration in the breathtaking landscape of the Lakes and develop a new skill with one of these highly popular day courses.

Families will enjoy the variety of activities available at the Rheged Centre (; the Minecraft summer activities are sure to delight many youngsters whilst the programme of films (including live broadcasts from the National Theatre) will impress the cinema fans in your family.

Finish your day in our AA Rosette restaurant where head chef Christopher Standhaven will delight you with the best of local Cumbrian produce. Prepared simply and beautifully, traditional British and classic French cuisine will thrill you whilst the panoramic fell views in our restaurant will leave you enchanted.

Contact us today and begin planning a holiday that will please your senses and leave you feeling refreshed and rested.

Plan your romantic getaway to the Lake District

Paris or Venice might spring to mind when you think of romantic holiday destinations, but if you’re thinking of getting away with the one you love, why not visit the Lake District? It’s cheaper, closer and you’ll get brownie points for originality!

Over the years, the Lake District has played host to William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and many other romantic writers, who have been inspired by the natural beauty of this gorgeous part of the world.

Visit in the summer months to make the most of the outdoor activities on offer – hiking, trekking and fell-walking all offer great opportunities to spend some quality time together in a romantic setting. If you’re thinking of popping the question, what better way to do it than on top of a beautiful, windswept hill, looking out over the picturesque Lakes and surrounding countryside?

If you or your significant other has an interest in nature, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife too. Or if you’re both whiskey drinkers, a trip to the Lakes Distillery is sure to go down a treat.

Visit the Lakes during winter time and you’ll still find plenty to do – cosy up to your beau in a traditional pub in front of a roaring log fire, or take a bracing walk in the hills.

If you fancy a romantic getaway to the Lake District, you’ll find top-notch accommodation at Borrowdale Gates four-star hotel, in the heart of Lakeland. As well as beautifully finished rooms and an enviable location, you’ll find an AA Rosette restaurant on site that’s perfect for intimate meals for two!

The exquisite rock-climbing experiences of the Lake District

There’s an undeniable thrill to rock-climbing that hinges on the fact that you must conquer a gauntlet thrown down by nature itself. The challenge is exhilarating and the sense of achievement is incomparable. It’s a feeling that new climbers long for and experienced climbers have learned to savour. But where’s the best place in Britain to experience this unique thrill? Right here in the Lake District, of course!

Not only does the Lake District offer an enormous variety of different climbing routes for both beginners and seasoned cragsmen, it also provides spectacular backdrops for the sport. When you reach the top of a climbing route in the Lake District, you get to turn around and view a panorama of unparalleled beauty. What better way could there be to celebrate your triumph?

To make things easier for prospective climbers, the Lake District has a wide selection of organisations that offer climbing instruction and sell equipment. Beginners can get a valuable introduction to the sport from Golakes, whereas more experienced climbers can obtain valuable information from the Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District. Female climbers will be delighted to hear about Women Rock, which aims to provide climbing experiences and adventures that are specifically tailored to each client’s needs.

The Borrowdale Gates hotel is ideally located for climbing enthusiasts. Many of the Lake District’s most pristine climbing areas are easily accessible from our position. In fact, Borrowdale itself offers a vast array of routes to challenge cragsmen and cragswomen of all levels of ability. If you yearn for the challenge of rock-climbing, come to the Lake District and stay at Borrowdale Gates!

Keswick gears up for beer festival

Beer fanatics will soon be heading to the Lake District as the Keswick Beer Festival takes place next month.

Held on June 5th and 6th, there are still limited tickets available for the event, which is one of the top dates on the Lake District’s annual calendar.

Many people travelling to the area to attend the event will be looking for rooms in a <a href=”/”>4 Star Hotel</a> with an AA Rosette Restaurant – Borrowdale Gates is the ideal place to stay.

As well as beer, live entertainment is at the heart of the festival and a number of bands will be providing music over the course of the two-day event.

Among those set to perform at this year’s Keswick Beer Festival are Raw Spirit, Salvation, The Moobs, The Herdys and The Gatecrashers.

This year’s event will be the 19th Keswick Beer Festival and proceeds will be split between Keswick Lions and Keswick Rugby Club – those pints are for a good cause!

The 2015 Keswick Beer Festival also includes a fancy dress competition, with £25 going to the best individual outfit and £75 to the best group effort.

Keswick itself is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with the area renowned across the country for its fell-walking, cycling, golfing and climbing. The region is also great for activities such as bird-watching and photography.

Thousands of people are expect to attend this year’s Keswick Beer Festival and the last few remaining tickets are likely to sell out fast.

110th anniversary of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

Beatrix Potter is much loved in the Lake District for her colourful tales about hedgerow creatures, complete with beautiful watercolour illustrations. This year marks the 110th anniversary of one of Beatrix Potter’s most enduring characters – Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is a hedgehog washerwoman inspired by Beatrix Potter’s own pet hedgehog, after whom the character is named. She lives in a cottage and in the story is visited by a human child, Lucie, who has lost her handkerchiefs. It’s an enchanting old-timey story set on Catbells, a fell in the Lake District and the perfect excuse to visit this beautiful part of the world in 2015.

In her time, Mrs Potter was not only a keen observer of nature but also an enthusiastic conservationist, buying up land to ensure that the Lakes’ natural beauty was preserved. She’s credited with having preserved much of the land that now makes up the Lake District National Park and left a lot of her property to the National Trust when she died.

Her home at Hill Top Farm remains open to the public and is the perfect way to while away a sunny afternoon. It’s full of her knick-knacks and you’ll spot references to pictures from her tales in every room. You’ll also find original sketches and watercolours at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in nearby Hawkshead.

Relax and enjoy your surroundings with a stay at the four-star Borrowdale Gates Hotel, perfectly placed to make the most of the Lake District’s hiking and cycling opportunities. It’s also just a short drive from the charming towns of Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll find the Beatrix Potter visitor centre.

Making the most of the finest ingredients from the Lake District

Here in the Lake District, we’re surrounded by a huge number of top quality local food and drink producers: small, independent businesses who offer truly outstanding produce from fish and meat to bread and dairy products. Our 4 Star hotel’s AA Rosette restaurant makes the most of the food the area has to offer, supporting local producers by serving many of these fantastic ingredients to our restaurant diners.

We source our local Herdwick lamb from Yew Tree Farm in Coniston – a farm once owned by Beatrix Potter – and our freshly baked bread from craft bakery Bryson’s of Keswick: a family-run bakery that has been in operation for almost 70 years.

As well as the hyper-local Borrowdale Fish, we also source smoked fish from Cartmel Valley Game, and fresh fish and seafood from well-known fresh fish specialist M&J Seafood: the quality of their fresh produce truly is outstanding.

The eggs that you’ll enjoy for your morning breakfasts and in our cakes and other dishes are from the local area, being supplied by Pennine Eggs, whose Lion Quality Eggs are incredibly fresh and fully traceable thanks to the code printed on the shell of every egg that they supply.

Even our coffee is local, coming from Farrers Coffee in Kendal. Kendal is also home to The Cheese Larder, who ensure that we have a great range of both British and continental cheeses to offer to our guests.

There’s no denying that the Lake District is home to far more than hiking, climbing and other sports, and is not just an area of outstanding beauty. It’s also home to a great range of local food and drink, and we’re proud to serve you some of the best.

Restaurant Menu

Scale the Lakeland peaks while staying in Kewsick!

scafell pike panorama

Among the many activities on offer while staying in our 4 star hotel, along with hiking and fell-walking and cycling, is mountain climbing.

The Lakes is a perfect place to enjoy a spot of climbing, and while some routes are fine for complete beginners, it’s always great if you can also get in some experience on an indoor wall before trying an outdoor climb.

Locally based company Womenrock offers constructive experience in this activity, in a fun, supportive environment, and helps clients focus on honing specific skills as well as gaining confidence in the mountains.

It offers highly tailored experiences, and mountain instructor Mandy Glanvill will be pleased to come to Borrowdale Gate and take your party out from the hotel to do some climbing. Group sizes tend to be small, and couples, family and other groups and individuals can all book some time to benefit from Mandy’s expertise.

We are lucky in this part of the world to have so many superb and varied climbing routes, from Brown Slabs Shepherd’s Crag, which is great as an introductory climb, to the classic Napes Needle Great Gable Crag. This is classed as a hard to strenuous climb, and there are no fewer than eight routes up, all offering an unforgettable day in the fells.

For more experienced climbers, the Central Buttress of Scafell allows you to reach higher into the fells and is a long and involved climb that takes you to high and exposed areas, so is best completed in the summer.

find out more about our hotel

Bringing your classic car rally to the Lake District

With its stunning scenery and amazing driving routes, the Lake District is a fantastic place to give your prized vintage motor a good run, and to fully enjoy the experience of driving such a beautiful machine. It’s also a great location for classic car rallies, with access from all areas of the country and a stunning backdrop to show off your vehicle properly.

Borrowdale Gates is a 4 star hotel in Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District, and we welcome your motoring event to our superb venue. We offer a great range of facilities including catering and accommodation, and our grounds and car park are both spacious and secure. Stay with us for the weekend, or host a single day event – we’re very flexible and here to accommodate your needs. If you’re looking to hold an event for vintage motor owners and you need a location, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

From Aston Martins and Jaguars to Bentleys and Rolls Royces, any vehicle will be at home on Cumbria’s amazing driving stretches. Bring your classic cars out of the city and push their performance to the max with drives along the Lake District’s country roads, through National Park land. No matter what you drive, you’re sure to find a trail you’ll love when you visit. Looking to get some shots of classic cars in a rural location? There are lots of local spots that are perfect for vehicle photography – we’ll be happy to advise.

Head from Borrowdale Gates to Bassenthwaite for great local spirits

While the Lake District is known for its relaxing holidays and hiking, cycling and golf breaks, there is always something new happening in the area. By Bassenthwaite Lake – under a half hour drive from Borrowdale Gates – you’ll find a brand new distillery producing local malt whisky, gin and vodka under the name of The Lakes Distillery.

The Lakes Distillery

Lakes Distillery Logo

The Lakes Distillery opened its doors to the public in December 2014, meaning that we now have England’s largest distillery on our doorstep. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for something to break up your commune with nature, and it’s also a great place to buy a souvenir to take home.

Those who choose to visit the Lakes Distillery will begin their tour in the Visitor Centre, where they will learn how the Lakes Vodka, Lakes Gin and Lakes Whisky are made. A cinematic feature will tell the story of the drinks from start (water from the Derwent) to finish, and will include tales of smugglers and distillers along the way. Visitors will also be able to see the whiskey maturing in the distillery’s warehouse, and will conclude their tour with a trip to the Tasting Room, where they can take part in a tutored tasting of the drinks that the distillery produces.

Here in the Lake District, we’re surrounded by fantastic food and drink producers – many of whom we work with to supply our AA Rosette restaurant. We’re always happy to see more great local businesses opening, and wish the Lakes Distillery every success!