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Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel was the cherry on the cake of our Lake District visit. Even before we visited the hotel, we had high hopes for the property based on our earlier stays at other Macdonald hotels. And Leeming House Hotel met all of our expectations. Macdonald Hotels, as a brand, have been very consistent with the quality of service offered at all their properties and this hotel was no different. Macdonald Leeming House Hotel has everything going for it - an excellent location (just steps away from the Ullswater lake), a 200-year old country house that has been well-maintained & offers luxury accommodation and incredible staff.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Located right on the shoreline of Lake Ullswater and enjoying breathtaking views, Macdonald Leeming House is a 4-star hotel set in 22 acres of beautiful Cumbrian countryside. The hotel has 40 rooms, all well-appointed with classic furnishings and equipped with a range of modern amenities. There are five types of bedrooms to choose from - Classic, Executive, Accessible, Feature and Feature Suites.

The Sitting Room and Drawing Room were tastefully done up as was the Library which had a good collection of books. The hotel doesn't have a spa or a pool but guests can visit and make use of the leisure facilities at one of Macdonald's other hotels in the Lake District, the Old England Hotel and Spa on Lake Windermere.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

We had been exploring the Lakes before driving down to the hotel. After a long drive, it was good to get a warm welcome. We were greeted with a glass of Bristol Cream Sherry by a reception staff who was the embodiment of friendliness. A quick and easy check-in later, we were ushered to our room.

The Room


Our room, a Feature King, was spacious and comfortable. With a vivid purple colour scheme and tasteful decorations, the room lacked neither in personality nor in comfort. It had a large writing desk, a cosy seating area and most importantly a comfortable bed. Other amenities included tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press, hairdryer, iron & ironing board etc. Complimentary mineral water, a fruit bowl and some sweet treats had been placed in the room. The en-suite bathroom was a good size and was equipped with both a bathtub and a shower. Bathrobes & Elemis toiletries were provided. Everything needed for comfort and a sense of well-being had been provided in the room.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

The best and most exciting aspect though was the private balcony which afforded stunning views of the Lake District. Waking up and falling asleep to this picturesque view was an amazing feeling.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Food


Breakfast and dinner both are served at Regency Restaurant. The breakfast menu though not extensive was impressive. There was a good continental selection (pastries, conserves, fruit compotes, cheeses etc.) as well as the full English and other warm food. It was lovely to start the day enjoying breakfast in a room overlooking the lake with beautiful hills in the background.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Out and about


Last year the Lake District was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its stunning scenery and beauty, the Lakes draw millions of people every year from all around the world. There is no dearth of activities or scenic attractions in the Lake District and Macdonald Leeming House makes for an excellent base to explore this beautiful part of the UK. Some of our favourite things to do in the Lakes District were driving through Borrowdale, Buttermere and Honister Pass (What a scenic drive!), walking on the shores of Derwentwater (near Keswick) and visiting the stunning Wastwater (Wasdale). Miles of dramatic fells, open countryside, pretty villages and beautiful lakes - the Lake District is simply magical.

Buttermere

Honister Pass

Surprise View

Booking


Overall, our stay at Macdonald Leeming House was excellent. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful and seemed to be genuinely interested in helping all the guests. This is something I have seen at the other hotels of the group as well.

If you are after a holiday in a tranquil place with stunning views of Lake Ullswater, find yourself in Macdonald Leeming House. It offers a serene lakeside setting, a convenient base to explore the Lake District and excellent getaway comfort.

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater

Macdonald Hotels currently have a special 'Your Spring Getaway' offer where 1 night B&B at Macdonald Leeming House (for 2 guests) starts from £123. The Spring Getaway offer is also available at other hotels including Macdonald Bear Hotel where prices start from £120.00 (B&B, 1 night, 2 guests).

Macdonald Leeming House | Watermillock, Ullswater, Nr. Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0JJ
Phone | 0344 879 9142

Macdonald Leeming House Hotel in Ullswater


We were hosted by Macdonald Leeming House during our visit to the Lake District. All views expressed, as always, remain solely our own.

13 comments:

  1. The Lakes look awesome. We are planning a trip to the UK in June-July and would love to visit this part of England. Can you let me know how many lakes are there in total and the best ones to visit?

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    1. There are many lakes in the Lake District. I am not very sure of the exact count. Some of the popular ones are Windermere, Ullswater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Grasmere and Buttermere. My favourite is Wast Water. It is the deepest lake in England and one of the most stunning water bodies in the Lake District.

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  2. Macdonald Leeming House would be the perfect place to stay at the Lake District. Those views of the lake and the countryside are beautiful especially in that misty weather. The rooms are a great size, and look very elegant too.

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    1. The location is excellent, the rooms are comfy & well-furnished and the service is fab. Should you plan a visit to Ullswater, Macdonald Leeming House would be a great place to stay at.

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  3. I love your photos, they have a very special atmosphere. It seems to perfectly fit the location and especially this beautiful hotel. It somehow reminds me to some movies from the 70s. Anyway, the Hotel looks fantastic, this classy chic and noble style is totally mine. It gives a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. Seems the perfect place for recovering, relaxing and recharging the batteries. No surprise even that it is named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful!

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  4. What makes this place so charming is definitely the breathtaking scenery. Seeing your pictures made me fall in love with the lakes and the landscapes. Are there any good hiking places nearby?

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    1. There are a number of hiking trails in the Lake District. Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, is in Wasdale. It is a tough and steep hike but I have heard that the views are breathtaking from the top.

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  5. I loved reading your post. I had never heard of this place before though, your pictures do complete justice to the beauty and nature and surroundings of this paradise. The settings and upkeep of this place is worth an applause. The misty pictures of this countryside gem are so inviting that I got exported to this beautiful land for a while, thanks for sharing this awesome post

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  6. I've only stayed a the one MacDonald hotel but also had a good experience. I love how this hotel really seems to keep the character of the Lake District right. The gardens and brickwork all look just like I imagine a Lake District hotel should. The drawing room looks incredible. The warming sherry on arrival also is so British I love it!

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  7. I feel relaxed just reading this! Your photos are beautiful, and the scenery looks so peaceful. I'd love to spend a few days here. It feels like it's so removed from the craziness of this world.

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  8. it seems very interesting and beautiful. Next week i am too going for long trip, hope everything would be fine and perfect. We booked a resort and let's see the new place. Thanks for sharing about your trip experience.

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  9. Wow! What a luxurious stay in the lap of nature! The beauty of this place is simply hypnotic and your amazing pictures have perfectly captured this magic. The hotel lacks nothing in perfection - comfy bed, luxurious bathroom, rich decor, in-room pantry, great hospitality and a balcony with breathtaking views. I love the tranquil vibes of this place. It disconnects you from all the chaos of the city life and aligns every misbalanced piece of mind in perfect harmony.

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  10. What a cozy little spot for a getaway in the Lake District! The decor looks exactly like what I'd like to see during a UK vacation--love that photo with the beautiful glass chessboard! The Lake District itself looks beautiful as well--such a peaceful-looking place.

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