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“You can find a few faults if you're picky but great place to stay!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater

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Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Watermillock
Certificate of Excellence
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“You can find a few faults if you're picky but great place to stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

Overall we had a very good stay at this hotel. The breakfast and dinner were delicious and a good variety of options on the menu. Great location set in nice grounds. We paid for a 3 course dinner included and got a £40 allowance each for the meal which was enough to have anything on the menu. We sat in the lounge with an open fire with a bottle of wine before dinner and had complimentary canapés. We used the spa area at Windermere hotel following checkout at no extra cost. If we were being picky the receptionist was very stern and difficult to understand due to accent on check in. There was dust on the toilet holder and we waited 20 minutes between starter and main course. We also stupidly didn't book a time for dinner prior to checking in so couldn't eat until 8.45pm. Overall though, the best place we have stayed so far in the Lake District. We will stay there again and would recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Lady-Sarah1
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we are very proud of our food offering and its always good to hear it is delicious.
Sorry to hear you couldnt get in the restuarant until quite late. We have a high demand to eat in the restuarant and we do fill quite early.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit us again in the future
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Stayed two nights on B&B rate with dinner on one night. Welcome at reception was warm and efficient and after a wild journey south it was nice to smell the real log fire in the cosy lounge. Our feature double room had a comfortable double bed and comfortable seating area. Storage was a bit tight but ok for two nights. Bathroom was clean and well appointed. Nespresso machine was a surprise but no cartridges were supplied so it was unused. the view of Ullswater from our balcony was stunning.
The dining experience is quite formal and the dining room could do with a makeover but the menu offered a good choice at each course and the staff gave great service. We had a voucher which discounted our meal cost so be aware that 3 courses with wine and coffee will cost c£100. Not the best value for that spend.
Breakfast was mixed. Scrambled eggs one morning were poor but poached eggs the next morning were excellent. Good choice of cere

Room Tip: Feature doubles offer great lake views and balconies
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lakes99
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for your feedback
I can see you chose one of our feature rooms with a balcony which do offer stunning views.
I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience good food choices combined with good service.
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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Chester, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

A weekend away to celebrate a birthday (sans children and dogs etc) a lovely welcome from very friendly and efficient staff that could not be faulted, the atmosphere amongst the team was great and all credit to them and the management for that., The room had a verrry comfortable bed and the usual standard of teas, coffee etc, TV channels .Shower was a little feeble but the bath was good and deep with plenty of hot water.

Hotel in a gorgeous lakeside position with lots of Redwoods to look at and even on a stormy day the lakeview whilst eating breakfast was great. Breakfast was lovely with cooked and a cold buffet inc cold meats,fresh fruit, bread and muffins alongside the usual cereal and yoghurt choices, we ate out during the day and evening as the food was hotel priced but we did not eat in so can not comment but others did.

No draught beer but plenty of bottles . but even by hotel standards the drinks were vastly overpriced and with no local taxi service you need to make a decision regarding the nominated driver early on in the evening!.

The Sun Inn in Pooley Bridge can meet most beer needs and other drinks and the food is good too) , as said before no Wi-Fi at the hotel which wasn't a problem for us but if on business may well be a downside, and would add to the general holiday use if available (facebooking and downloading new reads on the Kindle! ;o))

All in all for the money off season a relaxing break and would go again (and maybe take the dog next time)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank DilKirbs
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear guest
Thank you for your comments, to hear the friendly and efficient staff could not be faulted is praise indeed.
We do pride ourselves on our great variation and choice on our breakfast, so glad you enjoyed it during your stay.
We have some lovely rooms which open up on to the garden if you want to bring your dog next time.
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We had a lovely time at this hotel. The service was fantastic and the food was out of this world-I had never dreamt of a 5 course breakfast!!! We had a dinner here too and that was also beautifully cooked! Feature room with view was breathtaking although the bathroom wasn't anything out of the ordinary. When we revisit the lakes we wouldn't hesitate to stay here-as long as we could get another offer (otherwise we would be priced out). Thanks to all the staff at the hotel for a lovely stay. Oh btw-the hotel is waiting for wifi to be installed (fine for us but could be an issue for others)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Misslouise2014
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for such fantastic feedback, its great to hear you had such a good stay. Our feature rooms are very well located offering stunning views and we are very proud of our breakfast selection and food offering, so glad you enjoyed them
We look forward to you returning
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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Stirling, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We recently stayed at Leeming House in the Lake District for 2 nights. We found the accommodation of a high standard, all staff very welcoming and helpful, and all meals of a very high standard. We will certainly stay again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank anne_bL5782VU
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for your lovely review, its always a great compliment to hear when our customers have enjoyed their stay.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

Just returned from this hotel. Had 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast. There was 6 of us and we had a fantastic time. The food was lovely and the staff are exceptional in particular the restaurant manager, he was friendly and engaging and made us feel very welcome.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank linda190927
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for taking the time to review Leeming House. I am so pleased to hear you and your group of friends enjoyed your stay so much. I would agree Arek our Restaurant Manager is very passionate about our customers and I am glad he looked after you so well.
Kind regards
Karen Irving
General Manager
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55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Recently ran a training programme here and from the first step into the hotel the service, warm welcome and atmosphere was excellent.
The team are excellent and professional and couldn't have made our stay better.
The food was fantastic and presented very well.
Open fires and sensational views of Thirlmere from the dining room just add to the experience.
Highly recommend this hotel for any use either a weekend away, holiday in the north lakes or as a training venue.
Thank you to the team

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
Helpful?
Thank Dean A
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GMLeeming, General Manager at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for your fantastic feedback, both as a leisure guest and a business guest. We are not known as much as a hotel that can hold meetings, so your praise means a lot to us as we hold many meetings at the hotel from large corperate companies to smaller groups, and its good to know that we get the balance right.
Hope to see you again in the future
kind regards
Karen irving
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Property: Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater
Address: Ullswater nr Penrith, Watermillock CA11 0JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Watermillock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Watermillock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald Leeming House is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels offering luxury and comfort in beautiful surroundings. Set in 22 acres of beautiful grand gardens in the countryside of Cumbria, our 200 year old country house hotel offers breathtaking scenery and fine facilities. With direct access to the shores of Ullswater and a private fishing licence, this hotel is a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings. Macdonald Hotels' Lake District location in Ullswater offers the perfect retreat whether you're on a romantic break away, a business trip or exploring the surrounding countryside. ... more   less 
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