Leeming House

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Address: Watermillock, Ullswater, CA11 0JJ, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.2

Less of a destination hotel, more of a solid option.

Leeming House, part of the Macdonald Hotels and Resorts group, ticks a lot of boxes: location, service, views. Guests are continually praising the helpful staff and the particularly perky receptionist was a great ambassador for the hotel as oou first point of contact.

But my feeling is that it's good, not great. It's a reliable mid-range choice and rather geared towards the corporate market. It does its job well, but or a romantic break, or a quest for local colour, Leeming House leaves me rather flat.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Charming. Set back from A592, it boasts lake views and well-tended gardens just waiting to be explored.

Bedrooms

There are are 39 rooms divided into three classes and two mini-suites.

The executive rooms are more spacious than classics and some access the gardnes via patio doors. More luxurious feature rooms boast lake views and balconies. All are comfortable and tastefully decorated with modern touches.

Best for families is the two-level Garden Suite with a lounge and an upstairs bedroom with bunk beds for kids.
 

Public areas

Lots of conefrence and meeting space to maintain the business theme.

Eating and drinking

Dinner, b&b packages include a £25 allocation towards dinner in the smart Regency Restaurant. But, with lots of dinner options close by, it's purely a play-safe option.

By day, the Conservatory and Terrace offer a typical all-day menu of light meals, but you're paying a premium for those lake views.

Service

Friendly and attentive staff in smart uniforms bring a smile to the stately surroundings, although it does feel rather geared towarsd the corporate and conference market.

Who stays there

Business people and corporate events during the week, supplemented by some coach parties of international tourists (mainly Japanese). Couples at weekends for a country escape.

Price advice

Check the booking tool above for low-season rates; it's worth trading up from a classic to executive room for just £10 more.

Frustratingly, WiFi is charged at £9.99 for 24 hours.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation

Pros & Cons

  • Friendly staff
  • Rooms rather uniform
  • Cost of WiFi
  • Corporate feel
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