Celebrating 40 years of caring about you and your property!

We are delighted to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this August, and its proving quite a year for the company!

Having picked up an award back in May for North West Family Business of the Year, it has recently been announced that we will be marking our 5th consecutive appearance in the Best Estate Agency Guide by making into the top 2% of agents in the entire country, receiving Gold Awards for both Sales and Lettings!

Founded in 1982 by Derrick Hackney and John Leigh, they initially opened three offices together in Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal. The company has expanded steadily over the years, and now employs a team of 70, in 9 local offices, covering the Lake District and large parts of Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Very much a family run business, now both in their seventies, Derrick and John are still actively involved in the business, passing on their many years of knowledge and experience to the next generation, and with Simon Leigh (John’s son) having taken over the day-to-day running of the company a few years ago.

The family business ethos also extends beyond the founders’ families, with many of the wider team staying with the company for decades. Simon was keen to point out “Our success over the years would not have possible without the support and hard work of our amazing team, and the fact that several of our colleagues have worked with us for over 35 years, and numerous others for over 20, confirms that they are not just colleagues, they are part of our family too”.

Traditional values are at the heart of what Hackney & Leigh do, and we believe it is these guiding principles which have led the company to be the agent of choice for thousands of sellers and landlords throughout the region for 40 years.