Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love It

  • 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

Map & Directions

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.

Rooms & Rates

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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.

From the press:

  • "This hotel stands right on the shore of England's largest lake and boasts superb views" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • 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.


Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 11am

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.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • 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 12 per night
  • 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.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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