The Swan, Grasmere
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The Swan, Grasmere

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Built in 1650 as a coaching inn, and mentioned in a Wordsworth poem "The Waggoner", The Swan at Grasmere is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. It has recently undergone an exciting, multimillion-pound refurbishment and reopening its doors with brand new rooms, new pub and new bar. Nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, with views across the Fells, our cosy and inviting hotel is ideal for walkers and cyclists. With open sunny vistas in summer and blazing log fires in winter, it's the ideal base for exploring the wonders of the Lake District National Park. Afterwards, relax with a delicious meal or a local ale in our restaurant before retiring to a comfortable en-suite room.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Cable / satellite TV
Radio
Hair dryer
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Park View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Keswick Road, Grasmere LA22 9RF England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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The Swan, Grasmere, is often described as a charming retreat, offering a cosy and authentically British atmosphere. While the friendly staff and well-kept gardens are highlights for many guests, some have experienced disorganization and found the meals overpriced. The rooms earn praise for their cleanliness and comfort, despite occasional noise and size concerns. Situated conveniently close to Grasmere village, the hotel's location is ideal for Lake District explorers, though travelers suggest the value could be improved.
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alisonh320 wrote a review Sept 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well what can I say, we have just returned from a short trip to Grasmere and a stay at The Swan on Keswick Road from which it is just a short 5 minute stroll into the centre of Grasmere village.We have stayed at The Swan on a couple of occasions and have never had a bad word to say,our room(number 37)was a little dated as regards decor but the view from the large picture window was fantastic and afforded grand views of Helm Crag(the lion and the lamb) a fell which at just a stones throw from the hotel is worth a hike!Our room was fairly large and spotlessly clean with all we needed to have our first cuppa of the morning with lots of speciality teas and coffee and milk provided in abundance every day when the room was serviced.Everyday we returned from a great trek and the room had clean towels and everything was nice ,clean and tidy which made us value the service the hotel provided so much.Breakfast was provided in our room price (a very descent price for a 3 night stay) and every morning we had a great choice of cereals ,fruit and juices . There was a menu with all manner of warm breakfast to choose from, me being veggie I was so pleased that there was a choice for me too!We ate at The Swan only once in the evening but the menu was fantastic with plenty of choices for veggies and meat eaters alike and I am sure that any dietary requirement would be catered for as the service by the staff was most accommodating and attentive whilst also being professional but very friendly.Also the chef (who we didn't meet)was tremendous, we didn't need to meet him because it was only his food we wanted!!!! Breakfasts great, evening meal great,accomodation great, staff great and the grounds of the hotel were so well tended and the beer garden was very popular and you could sit in the evening and take in the surrounding fells of Grasmere with a drink of your choice from the bar.Great location, we will definitely be back and I would recommend this gem of an inn to couples and families who want the best time in the lakes.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best room we stayed in is called Helm Crag!
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Response from Inn Collection, Other at The Swan, Grasmere
Responded 14 Sept 2021
Thank you for passing on your feedback, we pride ourselves on our customer experience and the high-quality standards we thrive to maintain. We could not be happier that you had a fantastic stay with us. We hope to see you very soon.
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DessyP890 wrote a review Dec 2020
Middlesbrough
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I really enjoyed our 2 night Christmas break at The Swan in Grasmere this year and we want to sing the praises of the staff who made us feel so welcome during our stay. Upon arrival we were welcomed and able to check in straight away after the general health and safety regulations for Covid (hand sanitiser etc). The service for drinks and eats was excellent for all meals and our rooms were very clean and warm. I was lucky to have a room with a view and on Christmas Eve as the sun went down the snow capped hills were burnished with gold! This country hotel is very popular with tourists especially walkers and ideally located within half a mile of the centre of Grasmere with plenty of shops, cafes and historical interest i.e the Wordsworth Garden & Cemetary, Museum and Gingerbread shop. For a very friendly and relaxing stay away from home I would definitely recommend The Swan Hotel at Grasmere.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room 36 with a view of the fells. Very quiet.
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Response from Lucy Mason, Other at The Swan, Grasmere
Responded 29 Dec 2020
Thank you for your lovely review we are pleased you enjoyed your Christmas break with us. Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you again soon Kind regards Nellie General manager
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PartonLass wrote a review Nov 2020
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
2 couples stayed for one night winter offer dbnb.
Staff are amazing so welcoming and nothing is to much trouble.
Covid guidelines adhered to.
We had lunch and dinner food was lovely and really generous portions.
Really surprised by the size of the rooms we were in 42 at the back of the hotel which, as has been pointed out before a little warren of corridors with steps to get to. Perfect in our opinion really large, (larger than the suite we booked at Lyzzick Hall) plenty of lighting, iron, hair dryer, nice and warm, hot water, shower ok great views and I believe the rooms are getting upgraded in the new year. Beds and pillows really comfortable had a good night's sleep. Toiletries and well stocked hospitality tray.
The only think that stops giving me giving this a 5 star was a problem we encountered with the bar bill. We had lunch and drinks in the afternoon using my NHS I'd to obtain 20% discount. Which was great as the drinks aren't cheap.
Before dinner we again went to the bar for pre dinner drinks. Before going to the dining room we enquired about paying the bar bill to get the 20%discount and were told would be ok to just use it at the end of the evening to settle our bar bill.
We were allowed £24 per person towards dinner and we fully expected to pay any extra for the food we spent over that. On showing my NHS card for the 20% discount on the bar bill we were informed we were not allowed to use it as we were already getting the winter offer. I tried to argue that this was for the drinks not the food but the staff were having none of it. I was embarrassed to be honest although this was not the staff's fault.
If we had paid for the drinks in the bar prior to dinner we would have saved quite a bit of money. I imagine this will also be for Blue Light card holders.
After a good sleep breakfast was lovely we all had something different and we all thoroughly enjoyed what we had, the staff again exceptional.
We will definitely be back
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chelakm wrote a review Sept 2020
Scarisbrick, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
After having COVID in March and my husband suffering quite badly where he was hospitalised and spent the rest of lockdown recovering we decided to have a relaxing night away. It was definitely not relaxing as there was a burst water pipe in the lounge area and from the minute we got to our rooms we had no water! We were not informed until we seen a notice in reception that there was no water meaning no showers, no toilet facilities and hand washing! We asked what was going on and was told a plumber is on the way. We couldn’t shower after our walk and before going for our meal, we had to use hand gel to clean our hands. On going to bed there was still no water and no one updating us on the situation! At 3.15 am my husband became unwell needing to use the toilet, he had to go downstairs and ask for a bucket of water, there was water only in bar area. He returned to the room and tried to flush the toilet through with the ice bucket of water which didn’t work, he asked for more water and this was only a little better. By this time we had had no sleep, no facilities and the whole thing was a complete health hazard. We were not kept updated and we know that it was not the fault of the staff that there was a burst but residents need to be kept updated of the situation. On checking out we were told there was no charge to the room which we fully expected as you shouldn’t pay for something you didn’t actually get! A couple of days after returning home my husband noticed the hotel had actually taken the money from our account without our consent and after being told there would be no charge! We have tried for 2 weeks to contact the hotel by phone and email and still not heard anything. I was holding off writing any review until we heard from them but it’s just a joke now and at nearly £180 a night I am not letting this go so someone best get back to us soon!!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rosie wrote a review Aug 2021
Lancashire, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Swan is in a lovely location with spectacular surrounding views about a ten minute walk into Grasmere. We were allocated room 44 on the ground floor. It was spacious with views over the lawn but the furnishings and decor tired. The en-suite had cracks in the tiles and across the sink. There was mould in the corners of the floor and the extractor fan didn’t work.

Our meal on the first night was of a reasonable standard. Breakfasts on both mornings were hot and freshly cooked although the waitress forgot to take our order on the second morning and I had find someone to remind them before the restaurant closed. However our meal on the second night was awful. My husband had steak which was ok but the chips were over cooked and inedible. The waitress did offer to get some more but we had almost finished our meal by this time. I had Caesar salad which was all lettuce sprinkled with some bacon, croutons and a little dry chicken.

It was obvious during our stay that the Swan was suffering staff shortages. The lady on reception, with her arm in a sling, had several hats on. Receptionist, sorting out staff rotas, showing people to their tables, taking food orders and clearing the dishes up afterwards. There was a general lack of management and staff coordination.

The Swan has had a great reputation over the years which is why we booked. The standard tariff for a classic room in high season is about £200 per room for B&B for which you would expect a much higher standard. We managed to take advantage of their Walk In tariff which was a little cheaper. I’m afraid we won’t be returning and am reluctant to try other hotels in the group.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Geordiedaz wrote a review Oct 2020
Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in their Walking Break and I'll get the negatives out if the way first. Yes it's an old hotel that has been added on to over the years that creates a rabbit warren of corridors, up and down a few steps each time so take note if you have mobility issues. The rooms while nice enough and clean are looking tired and in need of an upgrade. The floors also creak a lot so if you're not on the top floor bring your earplugs.
However the restaurant was very nice with Social Distancing not a problem. The food is your typical hearty Lakes fayre. My steak pie was excellent, but left me no room for dessert. There is a nice bar and a huge beer garden.
Our 2 night package included dinner on the first night and a welcome drink, a fab cooked breakfast both days, a packed lunch that could have done me two lunches and a wonderful box of local walks. They will also clean your dirty books. This all cost about £290 which I thought was good value.
The hotel is on the main Keswick to Ambleside road but so as you are at the back you don't here much traffic.
The village is a 10min walk away down a footpath. All in all an enjoyable stay and will return, but I will ask for a top floor room.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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love holidays wrote a review Dec 2020
Durham
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We needed a 1 night stay for a business meeting plus fit in a couple of walks. Booking direct we got the winter20 deal £105 for an executive rooms with £24 each dinner allowance. Arrival was very welcoming and a lovely log fire, our room was clean, well furnished although an older style. However was not tatty with good quality heavy curtains, bedding and chairs. Bathroom was clean and average size with bath/shower. Elemis toiletries and fluffy towels. Dinner was covid distanced and masks etc were worn by all. The food was tasty and good quality, Garlic prawns, homemade soup and lemon sole was enjoyed. We had a good breakfast, ordering as we went along. Eggs benedict and salmon/scrambled eggs freshly cooked. The best feature of The Swan were the staff. Very professional, friendly and attentive, the hotel only had a few guests but there was no compromise on the service offered. Enjoyed a short 1 night stay but will return.
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Date of stay: December 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Executive rooms have a view
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Response from Lucy Mason, Other at The Swan, Grasmere
Responded 29 Dec 2020
Thank you for your 5 star review we appreciate all your lovely comments and look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy New year Kind regards Nellie General Manager
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Diane W wrote a review Jul 2020
United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely weekend break here at the end of July.
Staff were very helpful and friendly, at reception, dinner and breakfast.
Hotel was clean and communal areas set out for social distancing, hand sanitiser available, staff wore face masks.
Room was big, great to have a couple of easy chairs, bathroom just fit everything in, big and soft bath towels.
Tea and coffee making facilities, bath robes and slippers which we didn’t use. And a room safe.
We booked dine and stay and really enjoyed our evening meal in the restaurant, chicken Caesar salad was lovely but the king prawns - amazing. We both had the steak from the specials and it was very nicely presented and tasted delicious. We managed to share a sticky toffee pudding!
Breakfast was standard, we had full Cumbrian.
The only comment, and it’s a personal preference, but the mattress was very firm, too firm for us.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ChunkyPenguin wrote a review Jul 2020
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
This was not a relaxing stay. The entire hotel is airless. The room we stayed in was far far too warm and even opening the window offered little respite. The option was to have the noisy fan on as well as the window open. But, on the second night it rained and the persistent drip onto the puddle that formed on the flat roof (see photo) next to the window was annoying to say the least. Result? 2 sleepless nights and 2 grumpy people.
Most of the staff were lovely and trying to cope with the covid-19 restrictions as best they could. But it was a bit stressful. (one member of staff was a little rude). Breakfast was good but service slow. We had dinner there one night (burger for me, fish and chips for the other half) - food was mediocre, but edible and needed after a long walk.
On the plus side - some stunning scenery around and beautiful walks right from the front door.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dawniemc65 wrote a review Jul 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We came for an overnight stay to this hotel, which has recently been taken over by the Inn collection - beautifully presented, outside seating, bar area separated into a number of smaller rooms, which makes it easier to seat people apart. Large dining room. Food is usual pub fare - steak pie and chicken Kiev both tasty and nicely presented. Our room was large, airy and had a really comfy bed - little touches like Elemis toiletries and Ringtons biscuits made it all the better. Staff were super friendly, CoVID aware, and happy to explain everything to you. Only 2 mins walk from Grasmere centre, it’s a beautiful 5 mile walk from Grasmere to Ambleside, so we’ll definitely be going back.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from john a
Wix, United Kingdom21 contributions7 helpful votes
at busy times ordering your meal is advisable, however you can look at menu in the bar and eat there which is also nice . if your breakfast is not included I would advise you to pre order before.
Burnsey47 asked a question Jul 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Are there any nice bars restaurants close to hotel
Answer from baggy4711
Grasmere, United Kingdom84 contributions21 helpful votes
no you have to walk into the village for bars ..but we have a nice one
Louise B asked a question Jan 2018
Sandbach, United Kingdom30 contributions34 helpful votes
Hello, how long does it take to walk to Grasmere village? Thanks
Answer from Murchison
Middlesbrough46 contributions41 helpful votes
the hotel is on the outskirts of the village on the A591 it takes around 5 minutes crossing the road to be in the centre of Grassmere
Debbie H asked a question Nov 2017
York, United Kingdom77 contributions50 helpful votes
Where are dogs allowed if you are staying at the hotel?
Answer from Kelly1
61 contributions52 helpful votes
Yeah they were I think only on the first floor
henzu2007 asked a question Aug 2016
Stone, United Kingdom1 contribution
Hi Is the dog allowed ?
Answer from John D
Aberdeen, United Kingdom78 contributions23 helpful votes
Yes fairly sure dogs are allowed at a charge
gameboyUK wrote a tip 11 Jul
Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom13 contributions15 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for rooms in main building..."
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Gayle01118 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Springfield, Massachusetts17 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lovely friendly spot to stay out have a drink and dinner. Outdoor garden on the side."
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Stephen R wrote a tip Jun 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fantastic location on a bus route if you fancy a tipple or two."
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LakesLover wrote a tip Jun 2024
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid and go somewhere else for these prices"
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BazSingapore wrote a tip Jun 2024
England, United Kingdom325 contributions216 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking to the side and a few places at rear. Bus stops regularly outside if you’d rather travel that way. Big beer garden."
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PRICE RANGE
£116 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hotel macdonald swan, macdonald swan grasmere
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Swan Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictGrasmere
NUMBER OF ROOMS
46
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Swan, Grasmere
Which popular attractions are close to The Swan, Grasmere?
Nearby attractions include Easedale Tarn (0.5 miles), Wordsworth Grasmere (0.5 miles), and Allan Bank (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Swan, Grasmere?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Swan, Grasmere?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Swan, Grasmere?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Swan, Grasmere?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Jumble Room, Lucia's Coffee + Bakehouse, and Baldry's Tea Room.
Is The Swan, Grasmere located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Grasmere.
Are pets allowed at The Swan, Grasmere?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Swan, Grasmere?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rydal Mount & Gardens (1.6 miles) and Bridge House (3.3 miles).
Does The Swan, Grasmere have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Swan, Grasmere accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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