Macdonald Old England

Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom

2 K reviews
Very good lake hotel. Close to Lake District. Located near shopping areas with easy access to parking. Fantastic service.
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  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • 24h Service
  • TV
  • Fitness
  • Room
    • Double Bed
    • Radio
    • Bathroom
    • Safe
    • Internet Access
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Air conditioning (individually regulated)
    • Minibar
    • Bathtub
    • Tea/coffee maker
    • Fridge
    • Carpeting
    • Satellite/cable TV
    • Air conditioning (centrally regulated)
    • Balcony/Terrace
  • Facility
    • Elevators
    • Restaurant(s) with air conditioning
    • Laundry Service
    • Hotel Room Safe
    • Restaurant(s) with non-smoking area
    • WLAN access
    • Bar(s)
    • Room Service
    • Air conditioning
    • Conference Room
    • Public Internet Access
    • Coatroom
  • Food
    • à la carte Dinner
    • Breakfast Served
    • Breakfast Buffet
    • Half Board
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Set menu dinner
    • Full Board
    • Indoor Pool
    • Number of Pools
    • Massage
    • Heated Pool(s)
    • Steam bath
    • Sauna
    • Golf
Church Street 23 LA23 3DF Cumbria
329 ft to downtown


Surrounded by wonderful gardens, this hotel is housed in a Victorian stately home at the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere and lies directly beside its private jetty. It is some 3 km to links to the public transport network.


The hotel was built in 1870. Guests are welcomed at the accommodation, which has a total of 106 rooms. Most of the storeys can be reached by lift. Services and facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, a dining area, a bar, room service, a conference room and a banquet hall. Wireless internet access in public areas allows travellers to stay connected. There is also a garden. Those arriving in their own vehicles can leave them in the car park of the establishment.


The hotel features rooms with air conditioning and a bathroom. A balcony is included as standard in most rooms, offering additional space for relaxation. The carpeted accommodation units feature a double bed. A safe and a minibar are also available. Additional features include a fridge and a tea/coffee station. A telephone and a TV ensure optimal comfort. A shower and a bathtub can be found in the bathrooms. A hairdryer and bathrobes are provided for everyday use.


The accommodation offers numerous leisure facilities, including a pool and an indoor pool. The terrace is a great place to while away the time. There are a variety of leisure options to choose from including a gym, a spa, a sauna, a steam bath, a beauty salon and massage treatments.


A variety of catering options can be booked. Guests can choose between bed and breakfast, half board and full board. Available meals include breakfast and dinner.


The following credit cards are accepted at the establishment: American Express, VISA, Diners Club, JCB and MasterCard.


  • Location
    "Great location"

    Fantastic scenery. Superb location. Fabulous location.

    "Great location." "Accessible by car, but parking is costly." "Near city centre with nearby beaches, restaurants, bars, and shopping."

  • Service
    "Fantastic service"

    Excellent and helpful staff. Excellent staff service. Bedroom Staff excellent.

    "Service is generally friendly, although bar service is poor." "Reception is poor, as is the restaurant service." "Poorly-managed, moderately professional staff and housekeeping." "Smooth booking process." "Great concierge service." "Great valet service." "Room service could have been improved."

  • Room
    "Room is all right"

    Fantastic upgraded room. Key card not working. Twin room was tiny.

    "Rooms are large and clean enough, with great views." "Bathrooms are large but with substandard cleaning." "Poorly-maintained rooms with subpar furniture and TVs." "Rooms needing updating with poor quality A/C and minibars." "Shower can be a problem."

  • Cleanliness
    "Quite clean"

    Clean changing rooms. Clean sheets. Dirty plates.

    "Bathrooms, dining area untidy; rooms relatively untidy." "Clean hotel facilities." "Moderately clean wellness & sports facilities."

  • Vibe
    "Decent vibe"

    Made you feel very welcome. Enjoyable short break. Luxurious spa facility.

    "OK vibe and a friendly atmosphere." "Hotel could use some updating." "Entrance area is ok." "Stylish hotel." "Luxurious Hotel." "Nice lake hotel." "Awesome for families." "Nice for romantic trips."

  • Breakfast
    "Breakfast is average"

    The breakfast buffet was lacking. Cooked Breakfast was cold. Break fast were cold.

    "Breakfast is average."

  • Food
    "Food is all right"

    Dry bread sandwiches. Steak tasteless. Dirty napkin.

    "Complaints about dining experience with subpar desserts & fruits." "Guests dislike the cleanliness and menus in the restaurant." "Food is pricey and snacks are subpar." "Side dishes and vegetables are not well rated." "Pork dishes are not good." "Untasty beef dishes & steak." "No good fish & seafood."

  • Bar and Beverages
    "Bar could improve"

    Bar drinks too expensive. Run down pub. Ignored by barman.

    "Guests complain about the price and quality of the bar." "Pool bar needs better service." "Alcoholic drinks are not the best."

  • Value for money
    "Value for money could be better"

    Charged us for valet parking. Overpriced rooms. Poor value for money.

    "Value for money could be better." "Food and beverages are pricey."

  • WiFi
    "Complaints about WiFi"

    There's no hotel wifi. No internet connection. No Wi-Fi.

    "Wifi quality could be improved."