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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
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A four-star stay at a gorgeous, 19th-century Lake District hotel with award-winning restaurant – includes breakfast and a cream tea

The Lowdown

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

Macdonald Leeming House
Ullswater nr Penrith
Watermillock, United Kingdom


Decent stay over at this quiet place
Phil H

1 night stay over during the summer holidays which was fine but certainly not spectacular. From the people making complaints and things like bar being unattended and slow there are definitely some things not quite right but the hotel itself is nice enough as was the room. Breakfast was a little under par with mix ups and things like pastries not being replenished.

Rip Off evening meal

The hotel is in a great location with splendid surroundings.. we had a generally good stay but was completely overshadowed by the evening meal. £35 - yes £35 EACH for two courses. i was expecting something exceptional for this amount of money but was completely disappointed.. the food was very ordinary and hardly anything of it. It wasn't even a classy dining experience with a waiter with scruffy pumps on his feet hovering over us. it was almost a joke. In contrast to this the breakfast was quite nice..

Stayed in a room with the a broken radiator left on in 33 degree heat
Lydia A

I am writing this review out of pure frustration... I emailed you numerous times over the last 2 weeks and I’m yet to have a response.

See my email below. I hoping this may get me a response.....

Good afternoon,

I hope you are well.

Expedia travel confirmation - Thu, 25 Jul. - (Itinerary # 7455778142712

I’m emailing you to complain about the very hot and uncomfortable stay we had with you Thursday 25thJuly.

We arrived at 10pm to check into our Executive room. However, the young man on reception explained there was only one room left and it was ‘very hot’. He even stated that someone had already been moved from this room due to the heat and they were moved into our original room. But as we hadn’t shown up yet we had given it to them. Which as you can imagine didn’t go down to well as the reason we arrived so late was because our train from London was 2 hrs delayed.

after a few back and forth conversations about this we asked to see the room in order to make a decision. On entering the room he also mentioned the radiator for this room was on and couldn’t be turned off. Hence why it was so warm. We were hit with the heat of the room along with a very musty smell.

He kindly offered to search for another hotel all cost covered, This process would of taken at least 1 hr by the time a replacement hotel was found and we had organised to get there as we didn’t have a car. So as thoughtful as this offer was we realistically would of arrived to the new hotel just before midnight. And after travelling for 6 hours we simply just wanted to sleep.

We were provided with 3 fans and had the window/curtains open all night. As you can imagine when paying £170 in a 4 star hotel this isn’t the standard we were looking for.

We would expect some sort of compensation for this if not a full refund.