Why Borrowdale Gates?
Choosing the right venue can rank alongside those other difficult decisions, such as choosing the rings or even the dress. For those seeking a private venue for up to 75 guests, away from the crowds, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel can be booked exclusively for your special day.
The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is tucked away in the Borrowdale Valley at the foot of Derwent Water, in the quaint hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale, home to the holy trinity church a 5 minute walk away. This tranquil spot offers unrivalled views and is arguably one of the best photographic locations in the Lake District.
The hotel nestles beneath the fells of High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells, amongst 3 acres of wooded gardens. The outdoor slate terrace is perfect for hosting reception drinks in the carefully maintained hotel garden.
Indoors, the views remain unparalleled with floor to ceiling windows providing a beautiful backdrop to the occasion, even if the weather is less than ideal. The 19th century building itself has been lovingly restored by the Harrison family since 2008, for guests to mingle in open plan lounge, bar and restaurant. With attention to detail over the contemporary décor, open log fires and other finishing touches, come and celebrate your wedding breakfast in a private romantic setting.
The hotel has a reputation for exquisite dining and creative use of local and seasonal produce. We can help you design your wedding breakfast menu, incorporating local produce to create a unique and seasonal menu to suit your palate; this may include Fell-Bred Beef, Herdwick Lamb, Borrowdale Trout and fresh game from the Holker Estate in nearby Cartmel.
To complement the cuisine, we offer an extensive wine list to choose from. Moreover, special diets or allergies can be catered for without fuss.
Rooms with a View
All of our bedrooms are recently refurbished with well-appointed views up and down the Borrowdale Valley. We have something for everyone; single and twin rooms for the unattached, deluxe doubles for couples and superior family suites with two separate rooms. All rooms have en-suite luxury bathrooms and for less able-bodied guests, there are ground floor suites and easy access rooms via a lift.
At the top end, the honeymoon suite is named after the famous local character Millican Dalton. Built by local craftsmen, the bride and groom enter through a heavy oak door and façade of local Honister slate into a sumptuous lounge with exposed beams and fireplace. The woodwork used for the bespoke furnishings throughout has been recycled from a 500-year old Cumbrian farmhouse. The luxury bathroom has a bath, separate shower and under-floor heating. The superb views across the Borrowdale Valley can be seen from both the lounge and bedroom, as well as from your own private terrace leading out into the gardens.
Although we are not licensed for civil ceremonies, we are within walking distance of Holy Trinity Church in Grange. This small and unique village church was built in the mid-19th century by Miss Margaret Heathcote who also built the Hotel.
The unusual features of this little church include the two panels in the sanctuary bearing the ten commandments, painted by Miss Heathcote herself, and numerous imitation Norman dogtooth decorations in wood and stone, both inside and out.