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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



Well after months of totally looking forward to staying here I was massively disappointed! I booked a room which was advertised as an executive king , I’ve since looked at the hotel website and they are either deluxe or super deluxe, neither did our room resemble the ones advertised. We checked in smoothly we couldn’t have the key as it wasn’t ready but were shown to our room , we had a patio however we only had one chair , the carpet was dirty and had a large patch in the middle like something had been scrubbed off it, the wall by the door had black marks on it and also by the tv , around the bath was full of mould , and the room was very tired looking I appreciate that it’s a really old building and the building is stunning but surely it can be clean! We went out and returned a few hours later we asked about dinner as we had had a long drive and had also been out we were told we could be fitted in at 8 we went into the bar for a drink and after half an hour had to go and find someone to serve us we then noticed a good menu on the table serving food until 9.30 in the lounge area why weren’t we told this when we asked about food? We ordered and the food came , it was tepid and mediocre to say the least and at £17 for a burger you’ve expect it to be decent! For breakfast I ordered eggs benedict which was cold I’d have sent it back only there was nobody around and my partner had finished by the time we saw a member of staff, on the second morning a lady took a bowl of yoghurt out of the dining room a member of staff followed her and very rudely explained that it wasn’t allowed a few words were exchanged and she came back in ranting under her breath went into the kitchen and was slagging the customer off ! I found this excruciatingly unprofessional in a hotel which prides itself of its hospitality- the gardens and the location was superb however I left really disappointed and for the price we paid I expect a lot more sadly I wouldn’t recommend or stay here again.

Relaxing Autumn break
Peter M

What a stunning location for this hotel - garden right down to the waterside. We really loved our stay - the staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, the food we thought was fantastic (although we were aware that some diners bemoaned what they thought was limited choice) and the service just as we wanted. The wine was good, if a little on the pricey side, but you can always choose to drink or not to drink!
We were very lucky with the weather - it might have been chilly, but no rain and a fair amount of sunshine. Our room was very tidy and comfortable and there was a lot to see, so much so that we had to make difficult choices on our 2 full days there. In the end we settled on Aira Force and Glenridding on one day and Keswick and Derwentwater on the other.
Can't wait to come back again.

Excellent Stay Here

Totally loved the place. We had a Modern Well Furnished Massive room with a Veranda that overlooked the Large well maintained gardens with lovely views of the Hills and the Lake.
Staff were Excellent Food was Fantastic
Very quiet Very Comfy ..A Tadge Sad to leave.
But we will be back sometime in the New Year
Roll on 2020