Lonely Planet calls Windermere "the queen of Lake District lakes" -- it's also the largest in England and you can't help but admire it from the windows of the 4-star Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa. The 106-bedroom country house-style property in Bowness-on-Windermere, sits right on the lake's eastern shore.
The town is the Lake District's most popular visitor hub -- and the hotel's central location puts you right at the heart of some of the area's main attractions. It's just a3 -minute walk from The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which The Guardian praises for its "impressive re-creations of scenes from the books" as well as its beautiful, peaceful garden and absorbing films".
The hotel's restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the lake, and was awarded an AA Rosette in 2016. The Terrace Bar and Lounge serves lighter meals and traditional afternoon tea. Other features include a spa with a variety of treatments (additional charges apply) and a 20-metre swimming pool, as well as landscaped gardens, a private jetty and free Wi-Fi.
Bedrooms have plush furnishings, indulgent toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Visitors have raved about the lake-view rooms, so you might want to consider paying for an upgrade.
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From the press:
"This hotel stands right on the shore of England's largest lake and boasts superb views" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016
by Tracey Cheffey
Infant cots / cribs
Sauna / Steam Room
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 4pm
Standard checkout time: 11am
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 11am
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
One child 5 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Fee for full breakfast: GBP 21.50 per person (approximately)
Valet parking fee: GBP 20.00 per night
Rollaway bed fee: GBP 15 per day
Onsite credit card charges are subject to a surcharge
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
The hotel is 1.5 miles from Windermere train station, which connects to Oxenholme and the main West Coast line that runs between London and Glasgow and Edinburgh – services also connect to Manchester Airport, 90 miles away. By car, leave the M6 at junction 37 and take the A684 for Kendal, then the A/B5284 for Bowness-on-Windermere. The hotel offers valet parking for an extra £10 per night. Pre-booking is recommended, especially for weekend stays.
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