Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Why We Love This Hotel
- The hotel has panoramic views across Lake Windermere
- The Scottish Steakhouse restaurant, which has floor-to-ceiling windows, was awarded an AA Rosette in 2016
- There’s a 20-metre swimming pool & a spa
- The hotel is close to many Lake District attractions, including The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which is a 3-minute walk away
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.