Beautiful Georgian hotel with rather odd 1960s looking extension. Quite an old fashioned Miss Marple feel but that is definitely part of its charm. Reception and catering staff very friendly. Lovely spa with decent sized pool. Many of the rooms, and the restaurant, have the lake as a spectacular backdrop. Expensive but not really a surprise. Dinner was good quality but small portions - if you had been hiking all day, would not suffice.
I agree with previous reviewers that a little more attention to detail could move this hotel from "nice" to "amazing". Our room needed a little TLC - a little mould on the sink, watermark on the chest of drawers, very old rather useless hairdryer, main light bulb didn't work. Breakfast was rather chaotic and the staff were rather slow to top up the buffet and to get people seated. We stayed on a deal but had we paid full price for the hotel and restaurant, I would have expected a little more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere - England's largest lake - our hotel offers the best of breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views over our mature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake - our hotel proves a popular choice for family holidays. Our hotel in Cumbria is perfect for country adventures - hire a private jetty on our lake and marvel in the glorious scenery we have on offer. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend a visit to our spa and thermal suite for a relaxing steam before you dine in our award-winning Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Old England
- Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa Bowness-On-Windermere, Lake District