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
First of all, the downsides
1.NO LIFTS. This is a listed building and they cannot get permission to install a lift. So, if you have difficulty with stairs, book a ground floor room.
2.NO MINI BAR and there seems to be a £5 tray charge for room service.
Clean and comfortable room well furnished. Furniture a little worn but in character. Armchairs very comfortable as was the bed.
We booked a room with a balcony and a view of the garden, lake and the fells. The view was stunning even on a wet afternoon.
Evening meal £35 (2 courses) £45 (3 courses) Drinks quite expensive. Food very, very good though portions small (nouvelle cuisine).
Breakfast plenty of choice. My 'Full English' was very good but I detecected that there may have been some issues with the kitchen 'on the day': the guest at the next table complained of delay, whilst another guest complained the food was cold. THIS WAS TOWARDS THE END OF SERVICE, but even so!
On the whole a very good hotel and a very pleasant stay. Staff friendly and helpful.
4 night stay with family in autumn. The location and views at this hotel are spectacular with plenty of opportunities for long country walks. The rooms are fairly basic for the price you are paying but very clean and comfortable. The staff are excellent; they are really switched on, professional and attentive. The bar and restaurant are okay. The service and views are excellent but the food is average for what is essentially fine dining. Overall, I enjoyed our stay and would come again. The location and the staff are the best thing about it. Very welcoming to dogs.
Another wet Lake District afternoon, we thought we'd try a different place for tea. There was a good range of cakes and savouries, and the scones were amazing! Sadly let down by what looked like cheap gelatinous jam. Service was good, tea well presented, but decor and soft furnishings could do with updating.