We have stayed in almost all of the hotels in and around Lake Windemere over the past 11-12 years. The Old England whilst ideally placed is not the best of them, though the service was tops.
The staff are great, mostly east Europeans with great charm and respect. Now for the not so good stuff, small rooms, no balcony or outside seating area like the Beech Hill where you can sit outside your room overlooking the lake whilst enjoying a glass of vino. Rooms are small , and noise from upstairs rooms not good if they have kids running around all night, but pleasant enough.
No fridge in the room which I find very strange in this day and age.....
Food not up to some of the other hotels, but supposed to be one of the best no Michelin star here.......also wine cheap and nasty and well overpriced, wine buyer must be on a kickback....Cheap and nasty sauce on breakfast menu......bought in bulk from Aldi? Beech Hill wins hands down again, but apart from the food was a nice stay only because of the staff and the service, would we come again....not sure.........
- 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