About us

The Lake District Hotels Association represents some of the finest and largest independent and branded properties in Cumbria.

From North Lakes to South Lakes our members run some of the biggest hospitality businesses in the Lakes and have a direct and indirect economic impact of £459 million. This helps to support and sustain 8,500 jobs across the County and further afield. Collectively the Association's hotels offer 2,183 bedrooms a night (thats nearly 800,000 a year). We employ 2,038 people, spend £40 million a year on local goods and services and invest £9 million on capital expenditure programmes. Members contribute in excess of £4.1 million in Business Rates alone. The LDHA works with many partners in tourism such as tourist attractions, local colleges and public sector bodies. Use this website to contact the Association.


The day to day business affairs of the association are overseen by a management group comprising:

  • Clive Wilson - Treasurer & Chair (Lakeside Hotel)
  • Joe Cobb - Chair (Lake District Country House Hotels)
  • Matt Stanaway - Purchasing (English Lakes Hotels)
  • Antony Penny - Productivity (North Lakes Hotel)
  • Geoffrey Bond - People Group (Hillthwaite House)
  • Simon Steele - Membership (Armathwaite Hall)
  • William Powell - Membership (Armathwaite Hall)
  • Mike Dunbobbin - Purchasing (Appleby Manor Hotel)
  • Stephen Broughton - Public Policy (Lindeth Howe Hotel)
  • Geoffrey Atkinson - Membership (Salutation Hotel)
  • Andrew Nicholson - Co Treasurer (Linthwaite House)
  • Catherine Hampson-Wood - People Group (South Lakes Hotels)
  • Jennifer Cormack - Sales and Marketing Group Chair (Windermere Lake Cruises)
  • Robert Marshall-Slater (Kendal College)
  • Cath Dutton - Chair People Group (Peoples Junction)
  • Harriet Appleyard - Sales and Marketing (The Creative Branch)

The Association Members, Management Group and People Management Group meet every 6 to 8 weeks in the North, South and Central Lakes areas. Meetings take place in Member properties with a busy agenda and speakers.

If you would like to speak to the Association please use the contact page.


As hoteliers we take pride in our professionalism and commitment to satisfying the needs of our guests and our people. We believe that people, well coached and highly motivated are our most precious resource. They are our source of knowledge and give us competitive advantage.


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