Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

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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.

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  • 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)


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Pets: Pets not allowed. Service animals are allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

Additional details:

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.
  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay 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 18.00 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 20.00 per night
  • 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.

Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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