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At a Glance

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 3393 Reviews
4.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • Good for shopping
  • Great service
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 3393 Reviews
4.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • Good for shopping
  • Great service
  • Luxury
  • Romantic

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

Hotel Info

Overview

The Macdonald Old England Hotel stands on the very shore of Windermere and boasts unrivalled views of England’s largest lake. Outside the hotel Lakeland’s towns and villages, rural idylls, outdoor challenges, and a multitude of historic and cultural attractions await you. Each guest bedroom includes en-suite, radio, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press, iron and board, hair dryer and also room service, non-smoking rooms and rooms for disabled guests on request. The hotel also provides a restaurant, terrace bar, lounge, six business suites, billiard room, hair salon and swimming pool. With all this on offer, plus the surrounding picturesque area your stay at the Macdonald Old England will be one to remember.

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

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Facilities

Hotel facilities

Pool and Wellness

  • Gym
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Steam room
  • Swimming Pool - Outdoor
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool - Indoor

Activities

  • Hair salon
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Library

Food & Drink

  • Bar / Lounge
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Room service
  • Restaurant

Services & Shops

  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Concierge desk
  • Event catering
  • Tour assistance
  • Beauty services
  • Business services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Express check-out
  • Porter/bellhop

General Info

  • No- smoking property
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Check-out by 11:00 AM
  • Pets not allowed
  • Conference center
  • Garden
  • Check-in time starts 4:00 PM
  • Elevator/lift
  • Suitable for children
  • Total number of rooms 106
  • Number of floors 4
  • Multiple small meeting rooms
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk

Parking

  • Parking

Room facilities

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Clock radio

Internet, TV & Phone

  • Phone
  • Direct-dial phone

Rooms & Comfort

  • Premium bedding
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Desk
  • Cribs/infant beds available on request
  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Bath & Shower

  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Private bathroom
  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK + 0 Hour
  • Currency £ Pounds Sterling
  • Plug

Location

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Attractions Nearby

  • Old Laundry Theatre 0.13 miles
  • World of Beatrix Potter 0.16 miles
  • Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories 0.46 miles
  • Lake Windermere 1.02 miles
  • Windermere Golf Club 1.16 miles
  • Lake District National Park 1.28 miles
  • Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House 1.45 miles
  • Hill Top 2.09 miles
  • Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre 2.66 miles
  • Wray Castle 3.08 miles
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Resort Info

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere is situated in the Lake District National Park and is home to the largest natural lake in the United Kingdom. Popular with tourists since the late 19th century, visitors of all ages flock to Windermere for its striking natural beauty, as well as its picturesque hikes, sailing and watersports. A good way to experience all that the area has to offer is to take a cruise down the lake, taking in views of the mountains, secluded coves and wooded islands. Other attractions in the area include the Aquarium of the Lakes, Windermere Steamboat Museum, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Low Wood Watersports Centre, making it the ideal choice for families and individuals alike.
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Macdonald Old England and Spa Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 3393 Reviews
4.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • Good for shopping
  • Great service
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Customer Reviews
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10/10 Amazing

29 April 2012

Excellent service and facilities

We had a fantastic stay at the Old England, we enjoyed the superb spa facilities, but the outstanding theme was the excellent service from staff. We were attending a wedding the day after our stay and despite the problems caused by the nearby chip-shop fire, the staff couldn't do enough to ensure we were looked after, even allowing us to re-use our room in order to get ready before leaving. One member in particular - Attila - was superb, he couldn't have done more to help us. The hotel is ideally centrally located in this lovely town (Bowness) with superb views over the lake.

The best thing about my stay was...

The staff were excellent - couldn't do enough for you
4/10 Average

27 March 2012

Birthday Break/Celebration

Welcome at reception 1st class - helpful ,attentive staff & attractive foyer. Room 117 however, serious disappointment. Small to the point of being cramped, dark & a trifle dowdy. Overlooked the pub next door (the view from 117's window was a window in the pub - 12 feet away ) and the noise from the evening entertainment there was disturbing - when the hotel fire alarm was activated at midnight-ish on Friday 23rd we at first assumed the row was just the pub 'chucking out' ! Saturday & Sunday breakfast superb, but Monday morning was chaotic - service slow, random & portions small. Lounge , Bar & Spa all impressive, and the position of the hotel, so close to the lake was exactly as we'd hoped.

The best thing about my stay was...

The weather - bright warm sunshine all through.
10/10 Amazing

29 March 2010

Love this hotel!

This is a fabulous hotel in a prime lakeside location. The views are lovely, especially from the dining room - and the hotel staff are very friendly and attentive. The spa facilities are wonderful, with sauna, steam room (and 'ice room!'). The food is very good indeed -but I would also recommend Rastelli's Italian Restaurant (in Bowness) as they have the best lasagne ever!

10/10 Amazing

31 March 2009

Simply The Best!

We have stayed in many hotels over the years but this one is absolutely The Best!! The staff were so very friendly and helpful. The food was out of this world, the bed so comfortable. We will definitely go again.

10/10 Amazing

05 May 2008

EXCELLENT! I want to go again!!

A superb location and the most attentive staff I think I have ever come across in an English hotel, from valet parking your car when you arrive to remembering your name every time they speak to you! Rooms and food fantastic, and spa just beautiful. I will definitely stay here again as the location in the centre of Bowness couldn't possibly be better in any way.

10/10 Amazing

10 March 2008

Wonderful Stay

Stayed here for 3 nights for my husbands 50th birthday. We had a wonderful time, hotel fab, breakfast brilliant and the staff were first class. Room was excellent and spa even better! Highest recommendations for the staff and the hotel!!

10/10 Amazing

16 February 2008

Perfect Location

The Hotel lived up to all the excellent reviews I had read before we got there. As it was quiet we were given an upgraded lake view room. The only downside was the heating which was on full all night! We only ate breakfast at the hotel as there were so many other super places to try nearby. The White House, Lucy4 just to name two of the best we tried. Saying that the breakfast was fit for a king with the restaurant staff friendly, quick to serve and highly efficient. The views over the lake from the restaurant were superb and made us linger longer than we intended each day. We will definitely return later this year.

10/10 Amazing

24 November 2007

Stunning place

Beautiful hotel. recently refurbished to a very high standard. Excellent leisure & spa facilities. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great location within easy walking distance of all shops, bars restaurants in Bowness. The White House restaurant is a must.

8/10 Great

19 February 2007

Review of 'OLD ENGLAND'

Very nice hotel, tastefully refurbished to a high standard. Very pleasant one night stay. Excellent location overlooking lake windermere in the heart of Bowness.