The best available hotels & places to stay near Ullswater

January 25, 2023 Rebbecca Marino

Discover the best hotels in Ullswater, Lake District, Cumbria, England including The Inn On The Lake, Macdonald Leeming House, The Glenridding Hotel, The Crown Inn Pooley Bridge, 1863 Restaurant with Rooms, The Patterdale Hotel, Crookabeck Bed & Breakfast, YHA Patterdale, Pooley Bridge Inn, Brotherswater Inn.
Things to do in Ullswater

1. The Inn On The Lake

Lake Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE England
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2383 reviews

The Inn On The Lake

The Inn on the Lake Hotel ia a 4 star hotel that enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. The Inn on the Lake is only 12 miles from the M6 motorway and the drive is very dramatic with the road curving around the Lake and the backdrop scenery of the fells. There are 47 en-suite bedrooms, all thoughtfully designed with most rooms having breathtaking views, some looking towards the magnificent Helvellyn mountain range, while the majority look over the ever changing Ullswater. Each room is fully equipped with everything you come to expect in this quality 4 star hotel. For that special occasion upgrade to a superior room or one of the very popular, stunning four-poster bedrooms. From the moment you walk into reception you will find an interior that compliments this fabulous setting. This leads through to the popular Lounge Bar where a warm welcome awaits with large bay windows overlooking the well landscaped gardens, which lead to the hotels jetties on Ullswater. Enjoy a drink any time of the day, a light lunch or afternoon tea in the Lounge or on our Lakeside terrace. The award-winning 2 AA Rosette Lake View Restaurant provides something for all tastes, or for less formal dining Ramblers Bar & Candleroom is situated within the hotel’s grounds, offering the option to enjoy a pint of real ale. Gary and his team at The Inn on the Lake Hotel look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wedding at Inn on the lake.

Reviewed By 921StevenB

My husband and I, 3 years ago went on a search for a scenic venue to get married. We had our show around with the manager Gary and was immediately sold. Nothing else would compare to this idyllic venue. Several wedding meetings later, our wedding coordinators Kerrie, Tom and Jon organised the most impressive and perfect day of our lives. Truly professional in every way, warm friendly and accomodating, but they also had the courage to stand up to suppliers who would attempt to change details not in our best interest. They are truly like family to us and for whoever is currently reading this, I promise you choosing them will be the best decision of your life, even more so than your new spouse. ? Thank you Inn on the Lake. Tom and Steve

2. Macdonald Leeming House

Leeming House A592 Ullswater, Watermillock CA11 0JJ England
Excellent
53%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1696 reviews

Macdonald Leeming House

Macdonald Leeming House is in the countryside of Cumbria, just 15 minutes from Penrith Train Station and only 32 miles from Carlisle Airport. Set in its grounds, Leeming House is just a short journey from all the Lake District countryside's cultural attractions, including Aira Force Waterfall, Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens and Lowther Castle. One of the finest 4-star hotels in Ullswater, we offer 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 provides 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. For the ultimate indulgence, we offer Luxury Suites with private balconies. Now awarded Silver star status from the AA for our superior quality level, specifically for the high standards of our hospitality, service, and cleanliness. 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. As one of the few hotels in Lake District that are dog friendly, our grounds are the perfect place to bring your four-legged friends. We invite you to roam the impressive Lake District countryside and take in the glorious scenery. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend you dine in the fabulous Regency Restaurant, and we serve food all day in our Bar and Lounges. If you want to explore further afield, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Macdonald Leeming house is just a short journey from Penrith, Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Macdonald Leeming House boasts fine dining at its best. Savour speciality dishes and fine wines at our elegant, award-winning Regency Restaurant based right in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Our culinary team prepares the menus with care and attention to seasonal produce. The chefs also try to source local ingredients whenever possible. Offering elegance and grandeur along with cutting edge technology, our hotel meets all your business needs. We have excellent business and communication facilities, including a range of comfortable meeting and function rooms with Wi-Fi available throughout. One of the Macdonald Hotels' meeting rooms' critical features is the natural daylight available throughout, and suites offer stunning views across the magnificent surrounding Lake District landscapes. Our award-winning restaurant is the perfect place for post-business dining, followed by a refreshing drink in our lounges. We even offer corporate team building events, all of which we can book through the hotel for a smooth experience. Leeming House Hotel is indeed one of the best hotels in Ullswater - for every occasion, from weddings to corporate events and VIP meetings. Our staff look forward to welcoming you during your upcoming visit!

Can’t understand some of the negative comments and poor reviews as I found this hotel very nice and relaxing.

Reviewed By Hep5y

Rated this hotel 4 out of 5 as there is no option for half stars. Very good on al ways just not quite a 5. Had the soap dispensers in the room have been topped up and the wood slightly better I would have have 5 for the visit. I found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming on all areas. restaurant staff were very friendly as couldn’t do enough for us. Service was very efficient and the break fast was amazing. Best black pudding I have ever had. The grounds of the hotel are superb and kept in very good order with good seating facilities. Hotel was very clean in all areas including the rooms. Room was of adequate size and offered everything you would expect during your visit. Like I said in title, I can’t understand why there are so many low reviews and negative feedback as I couldn’t really fault the place and would be more than willing to return. For those winging it’s old fashioned, try premier inn or Hilton next time as these places are meant to look old and quirky. Well done to all the staff, you do an amazing job. Thank you

3. The Glenridding Hotel

Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PB England
Excellent
40%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 706 reviews

The Glenridding Hotel

Finding an ideal charming hotel in Glenridding does not have to be difficult. Welcome to The Glenridding Hotel, a nice option for travelers like you. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV and a desk, and Penrith Best Western makes getting online easy as free wifi is available. You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including room service, a coffee shop, and newspaper. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. While visiting Glenridding, you may want to try some fish and chips at one of the nearby restaurants, such as The Orangery, Fellbites Cafe and Restaurant, or Ramblers Bar & Candleroom. The Glenridding Hotel looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Glenridding.

My holiday to the lakes

Reviewed By vstock679958

Planned to visit the Lake district and move daily to other lakes and areas returning to a base each day. This did not pan out as expected as we found the roads too busy and narrow for extensive travels and so decided to remain in Glenridding and hike out as often as possible. James the "Jack of all Trades"assisted us greatly with his knowledge and professional service. His tireless efforts to make us comfortable are greatly appreciated. The staff shortage at this lovely old hotel is going to impact the commercial success soon unless changes are made.

4. The Crown Inn Pooley Bridge

1 Finkle Street, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NP England
Excellent
45%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
11%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 602 reviews

The Crown Inn Pooley Bridge

A stunning property in the Lake District National Park situated right on the bank of the River Eamont and footsteps from Ullswater. Unwind and relax in characterful and cosy guest bedrooms filled with all the comforts of home. Tuck into fabulous food, hearty and filling, in the restaurant and enjoy a drink in a cosy fire nook for colder days or on the spectacular outdoor terrace with views over the Lakeland when the sun is shining. Part of The House of Daniel Thwaites collection. ** Please note bridge improvement work is due to start in September 2019, but The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge is still open during this time. **

Unwelcoming and unfriendly.

Reviewed By Haxby-Rhino

Over the course of our short family break in Pooley Bridge, we tried to get in to The Crown twice on consecutive days. Both times we were met at the door with a barracade. The pub looked empty, but was informed by the man at the door in a blunt and rather rude tone that they couldn't accommodate us for a drink and that food was about to stop - this was at 5pm. He wasn't interested in trying to explain why we couldn't come in, nor any shred of apologetic tone. So we lleft feeling very unwelcome. In contrast, the staff over the road at the Pooley Bridge Inn were very friendly, accommodating and efficient and we stayed there a good few hours.

5. 1863 Restaurant with Rooms

High Street Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH England
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 515 reviews

1863 Restaurant with Rooms

1863 is more than just another guest house. Owners Anne and Mark offer their guests the quality of a boutique hotel but with the homely welcome of a traditional B&B. A relaxed, friendly atmosphere encourages visitors to take time to unwind in comfortable surroundings, enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal dishes cooked up by our skilled chef before retiring to the bar for a night cap or to bed for restful sleep.

Outstanding Hotel, excellent food and service

Reviewed By Jet23367801498

The food was excellent. Taster menu highly recommended. Stayed two nights, breakfast great. Pre booked what we ate so ready when we came. Bedroom lovely, thoughtful, clean, delightfully decorated. Situated in a lovely village, next to the magnificent Ullswater Lake.

6. The Patterdale Hotel

Ullswater near Penrith, Patterdale CA11 ONN England
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1261 reviews

The Patterdale Hotel

The Patterdale Hotel sits on the main Penrith to Windermere route. Lying at the head of Ullswater, England's most beautiful lake, the village is in a fabulous central position for exploring the Lake District. The hotel is a popular base for both walking and activity holidays as well as more peaceful, relaxing break. Surrounding areas offer some of the world's most scenic walks and trails, and Keswick, Ambleside and Penrith are all within 15 miles.

Finally got to stay here .... Good for the price

Reviewed By BuccaneerDave

Having enjoyed many beers in the beer garden over the years we were finally able to stay at The Patterdale. We've stayed at at least 4 other properties in Patterdale but alas all were full this time. It took me a while to figure out how to book as they had a 4 day minimum stay including half board. A bit unfamiliar to us Canadians. The price was such a deal that we booked for the 4 nights knowing that we would only be staying 3 as we needed to return to London. Overall the property is fine. Needs a make over including replacing some of the beds (at least the rooms we were in), replacing the mouldy caulking and touching up the paint, wall paper and some of the furniture. It's not bad but just a bit too much 'character'. For our group, and no disrespect intended, it felt a little like an assisted living facility with the added bonus of getting to decide who you had dinner with. Very organized meal times, decent menu with limited choices, quick service to turn the table over and just a hint of an institutional feel. We spoke with many who said they thoroughly enjoyed it and the food was good (but their Keswick property is better). This was an unfamiliar style of staying in a hotel and albeit it was a bit odd to us it was a good experience and the room and food was great for the price we paid. I absolutely loved that there were no dogs. Yes I get that most people love dogs. I don't. Part of the minority that thinks dogs are an invasive species. And I don't always enjoy sitting in a restaurant with them or having them near me while I'm enjoying a pint. And I am allergic to most dog dander so a night off of feeling like crap while I'm eating, drinking or sleeping is a bonus. For that reason alone I think I would consider staying here again. And the beer garden is still awesome. Overall we enjoyed this unique, to us, experience. Thank you.

7. Crookabeck Bed & Breakfast

Crookabeck, Patterdale CA11 0NP England
Excellent
94%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 155 reviews

Crookabeck Bed & Breakfast

Crookabeck offers Bed & Breakfast accommodation in a stunning, rural location in Patterdale, nestled under Place Fell. A unique stone and slate converted old farm building on the beautifully tranquil Crookabeck Farm which is home to pure bred Herdwicks and Red Fox sheep. Walks right from the door include Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield, Arnison, Place Fell and Angle Tarn. B&B Accommodation Wonderful location in one of the most beautiful parts of England Peaceful setting 3 Guest bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms (2 rooms with shared guest lounge and breakfast dining area and 1 guest suite with private lounge. Comfortable guest lounge with TV Contemporary and stylish Off road, private parking for guests Tea & coffee making facilities Home cooked English breakfast Packed lunches available Guest outdoor seating areas Free Wifi

Wonderful accomodation

Reviewed By A9202JNelainek

Had a fabulous one night stay whilst on coast 2 coast. Accommodation is wonderful, very clean and bright. Great lounge area too. Breakfast and packed lunch was also gorgeous! Adam and Julia were the perfect hosts. We will be back!

8. YHA Patterdale

Goldrill House, Patterdale CA11 0NW England
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

YHA Patterdale

Built in the style of a Swiss chalet in 1971 our hostel is an iconic view from the road through the Ullswater Valley. Ideally located on the edge of Patterdale village it is a perfect base for all this beautiful valley has to offer.Situated close to famous mountains such as Helvellyn and High Street, 20-minutes walk from the Ullswater Steamers and Glenridding Sailing Centre, and less than 10-minutes drive from Aira Force waterfalls Patterdale Youth Hostel is perfect for all kinds of activities.

Perfect Weekend

Reviewed By LizziGreen

Friendly, welcoming staff. Comfortable beds. Large clean dorm rooms which were all close to bathrooms. Nice hot shower (sometimes took a while for the hot water to kick in). Incredible views from the room. The self-catering kitchen was well-equipped with multiple large fridges and a lot of space to store dry food. Stunning location, only a 20-30 minute walk from Glenridding. Close to a coupe of pubs. Perfect location to walk Helvellyn and many other walking routes. I ate one meal at the hostel, which was ok. The communal area was cosy and offered a lot of seating. Many books and board games to chose from.

9. Pooley Bridge Inn

1 Finkle Street, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NW England
Excellent
43%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
11%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 550 reviews

Pooley Bridge Inn

Traditional Lakeland Inn in the Heart of Pooley Bridge, open fires, outdoor courtyard, home-cooked food and 11 en-suite rooms

Too long to wait

Reviewed By Safari05484375350

We had a table booked for 1pm for 7 guests (1was a child in high chair) We arrived early aprix 12:40 but as the inn had not been open that long we thought it was not a problem. The restaurant and outside was filling up but not mega. Drinks ordered and then waited at least 20 mins on top for someone to take our food order. We ordered and then waited over 45mins for starters. We asked where they were and was told "I've just put your order to the top of the pile" after that long!! Starters arrived but we asked for chilli nachos but got chilli fries ...We weren't prepared to ask and get changed after waiting so long! Starters eaten and table partly cleared...more drinks ordered. Again over 40 mins we asked where our mains were. Staff apologies and told be about 10-15 mins. Food arrived. Lamb kofta over cooked and tough, chicken on the hot sandwich was like rubber. Sunday roast the meat was nit of a good quality,vegetables bland and the yorkshire pudding resembled expanding foan and went to powder when cut! Burgers were tasty and so was the fries and side orders. The drinks also took a long time and we had to catch people as they were passing. If its table service then make sure the staff are attentive! Management was very apologetic for the wait.. and we took up the discount offer. If she had not suggested one I would have stated about the wait and quality of food. It is a shame. The pub is lovely with the decor and a good selection of food and drinks. I appreciate hospialty industries have taken a beating but if you have a big restaurant, large outdoor areas then make sure your kitchen can can cope and you have enough waiting on staff and they are attentive. In summertime I would expect a long wait!!

10. Brotherswater Inn

Brotherswater Sykeside Camping Park, Patterdale CA11 0NZ England
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 375 reviews

Brotherswater Inn

The Brotherswater Inn is a welcoming Lake District pub, open all day every day throughout the year (except Christmas Day), catering for climbers, ramblers and other visitors to this part of the Lake District.There are seven warm and inviting en-suite twin or double rooms. All rooms are non-smoking and no pets are allowed. The Inn has comfortable seating and three huge picture windows which enable you to take in the breathtaking views whilst enjoying our hospitality. There is also ample outside seating (weather permitting!) in front and to the side of the Inn.

Very cosy, beautiful location

Reviewed By Alex W

So me and my partner stayed here the first weekend of April 2022. First of all the location is beautiful. This is situation very close to patterdale and the kirkstone pass and has a wide array of mountains surrounding (if mountain climbing is your thing!). There is the smallest lake in the lakes very close by (the brotherswater lake). We stayed in the Inn itself which is in small cozy building beside the road. It is situated within the Sykes holiday park which is also has camping and caravanning facilities alongside bunkhouses and a cottage - all seemed a good layout with good accommodation choices! The inn room - The cleanliness of the rooms was really good, the beds were very comfy. The bathrooms were very small with literally very little room to move around. I wouldn't say this is a problem as such but if you prefer lots of room in a bathroom then you have little space to manoeuvre. My only criticism of the hotel rooms within the inn is that the soundproof between other rooms is not the best. I could hear other guests snoring through the walls and hear when other guests had their TV's on - not good if your are a light sleeper. Staff - Very friendly. Upon check-in the staff in the shop helped us pay the balance as we arrived very early and we had some problems with paying the balance for the first night as my bank decided to reject paying which put our weekend stay under threat. The guys in the shop here were on hand to sort this out and reassure us which was brilliant. Upon check-in itself, the staff in the inn were amazing and so friendly, they offered to carry our bags from our car to the room and ensured we had everything we needed to kick start our weekend. We had a problem with our heating and after reporting they were straight on it to fix the problem! Very good also in the bar/resturaunt of the inn and were on it! - very good staff. Food & Drink - Wow some beautiful food. For the 2 nights we were there me and my partner did the 3 courses, I had some smoke trout and nachos which were amazing. Mains - I recommend the fish and chips and the Cumberland sausage and mash is a must. Both nights had a chocolate cheesecake which was lovely. All the food was pub food cooked to the finest of standards. If you are staying at the inn then bed and breakfast is included with a beautifully cooked to order full English. Drink wise - if real ale is your thing then your in luck, some love local ales. Overall I would say this place was spot on and I will be returning again!

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