Macdonald Leeming House
What We Love
- A 19th-century hotel with award-winning restaurant – includes breakfast and a cream teaRavishing views of Cumbria’s swoon-worthy Lake District
- Tucking into delicious British fare at the two AA Rosette Regency Restaurant
- Regency inspired rooms overlooking Lake Ullswater or the landscaped gardens
What To Know
- The property sits on 22 lakefront acres, with gardens, a croquet lawn and private fishing on the river
- The atmosphere is cozy (picture: a drawing room and library with log fires in the winter)
- Free WiFi
There’s a high focus on finery at this gracious 19th-century country pile in Ullswater – the lesser-known Lake District gem that’s most celebrated for its year-round Steamer cruises, prestigious yacht club, outdoorsy pursuits, and all-out scenic splendour.
Set in 22 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands on the shores of Lake Ullswater, the hotel’s chic set-up is made to impress. But it’s not just about the helicopter landing pad, croquet lawn and vintage-luxe design, there’s also an award-winning two AA Rosette restaurant, lovely lounges for light bites and afternoon teas, and an excellent staff service, all making for a most inviting country escape.
For style-conscious guests, the rooms reflect the hotel chain’s ongoing commitment to keeping things elegant. All show a fondness for Regency inspired decor by way of soft and elegant furnishings, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and dark wood fixtures and fittings. Just to stop things from getting too twee, there are enough mod cons to make you want to stay holed up here forever.Unsurprisingly, Macdonald Leeming House shows off a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Good to know
Onsite parking is complimentary for guests.
How to Get There
What an absolutely stunning place - the view was spectacular from our balcony and the beautiful, well tended gardens. The staff were very attentive and professional and nothing was too much trouble. We had a complimentary upgrade to a room overlooking the lake. The food was excellent and we can't wait to go back.
We took a chance thinking May would be a great time to visit Leeming Hotel.
It was fabulous weather, Lake as still as a mirror reflecting the marvellous hills that separate Ullswater from Hawes Water.
Hotel is of a very good standard, Executive rooms just that. Most comfortable and well appointed.
The public rooms have real character and are really well presented by the staff.
Speaking of the staff, they were all very helpful especially with regard to special dietary requirements. Menu had a wide enough range to satisfy our palate for the 3 days we were there. Tasty but not too overfacing. Portion size perfect with extra gourmet additions on the menu.
We will return and suggest that others make use of some of the great value offers to look out for on MacDonald website.
Stayed for a couple of nights and we had a brilliant time.
We paid for an executive double room (most/all of which are apparently garden/car park views) and were treated to a ground floor lake view with french doors and patio area.
As dog owners we noticed how perfect this room would be had we brought the dog judging by happy and roaming the three dogs were in the next two rooms.
Bathroom was fine, bed very large and comfortable and seating area was generous and nicely furnished.
Breakfast - unsure what other reviewers found to fault the full English was not massive but made up for that in quality.
We had afternoon tea on day 1 and it was average (slightly dry bread on outer finger sandwiches, scones hard and deserts a tad meagre) plus a couple of glasses of fizz felt a bit steep for £70 considering quality.
Evening dinner was excellent on both nights. Different menu each night was a nice bonus too. Wine list was very good albeit a bit overpriced but for a special occasion was okay.
We also had a splendid (very late) lunch on the terrace and was filling good quality club sandwich, chips and salad.
Do not buy a cocktail - poorly constructed without any theatre and low quality (especially for price).
Wine list very good as stated.
Coffees and teas were fine too.
For a hotel that is part of a mid sized chain, the staff are a delight and were so throughout the stay. Especially mention worthy for the lady who received us on 11/5 at front desk and also Jonnie the restaurant manager. Only slight downside was the chap who checked us out - he was characterless and overly formal.
We stayed at the Macdonald Leeming House as a family of four in April 2019 and had two separate rooms. On arrival we were checked in efficiently and allocated our two rooms, we had asked for these to be located in the same part of the hotel but apparently that wasn’t possible but we had been upgraded – that’s nice but when your children are in the other room it somewhat misses the point. Fortunately our children are older teenagers and so it worked out ok but I do think the hotel should have notified us about this in advance.
As we had two rooms in different parts of the hotel the process of showing us to our rooms was a bit clumsy and we ended up hauling our own luggage to the rooms.
It was a beautiful evening and so we headed out into the grounds of the hotel and these are very impressive and expertly maintained. You can also walk down to the shores of Ullswater Lake and this made for a really pleasant afternoon.
In early evening we headed to the terrace for a drink and to soak up the evening sun – it’s a really lovely setting, with some amazing views (see photos) but we couldn’t find anyone to get us a drink. The hotel staff were clearing up from a day time function and were clearly very busy. I waited with another customer in the unattended bar area for 10 minutes but no one came to assist. The bell for attention was sadly broken. I wandered into the function room and politely asked if one of the staff members was available to assist – she seemed cross that we were interrupting their work but confirmed someone would come to the bar. I went back to the bar and waited for another 5 minutes and then the same member of staff appeared. To say it was a frosty service was an understatement! I felt like I was inconveniencing her by asking for a drink. Shame.
We had dinner in the hotel that night and it was perfectly pleasant, the food was reasonable and service was fine. Breakfast was a similar story and as the weather was so good we had it on the terrace, which was really nice indeed.
Whilst at the hotel I noticed that the WIFI is insecure. You are not required to authenticate to it in anyway- this needs to be addressed by the hotel and I did mention it to reception when we checked out.
In summary it’s a nice hotel in a great location but I suspect it was understaffed for the function that was on. If I was returning I would be double checking my reservation a few days before.
It's a lovely hotel, the staff are lovely, very friendly and helpful, it's in a great place and the grounds are great too.
Breakfast is great, food good, but somethings not to our liking.
The only fault we had was our room was over the disabled toilet and we could hear the noise of the fan all the time.