Recently stayed at the MacDonald Swan Hotel Grasmere having booked a best available double room some month's earlier. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to probably to the best room in the hotel "Silver How". This gave views over the village onto Silver How panning around to Easdale, Helm Crag and Steel Fell. The room itself was very well appointed with all essentials down to basics like kettle, iron, ironing board, trouser press etc. The room had lovely period fireplace, four poster bed, comfortable arm chairs with annex to wardrobes and large bathroom to good standard. Best bit was the bed, incredibly comfortable with luxurious drapes and curtains of high quality. Also to note and most importantly in these modern times where some hotel chains have a room service down to seven minutes. The room was actually cleaned and serviced to a very high standard daily with absolutely no need to ask for anything.
Getting back to the rustic charm old world beams and real ales in the bar with spacious lounges period style lots of comfortable seating and character to the place.
Now to the serious bit the food, obviously optimised a well constructed menu to cater for most tastes, definitely mine. The 21 day cured Scottish beef swung it for me. Seriously fine dining at affordable prices when considering DBBB option. The food was too high quality, very well presented and to top resturant standards.
Most notably the sincerity and quality of the staff was the pinnacle, particularly the manager who's influence politeness and attention to detail filtered down to the rest of the staff.
Very enjoyable stay,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1650 as a coaching inn, and mentioned in a Wordsworth poem "The Waggoner", Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. 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 in our restaurant or enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the Walkers' Bar before retiring to a traditionally - furnished, comfortable room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Swan
- Macdonald Swan Grasmere
- Macdonald Swan Hotel Grasmere, Lake District