The Macdonald Old England Hotel is a fabulous venue, set on the shores of the breath-taking Lake Windermere. With fantastic facilities, a warm welcome and magnificent views of the surrounding Lake District – it has everything you could need for a beautiful wedding day.
The hotel benefits from one of the most picturesque locations in the Lake District and is available for exclusive use, for a personal celebration with your friends and family.
They offer a bespoke service, giving you plenty of flexibility and the freedom to create the day of your dreams. They have an unrivalled reputation for weddings throughout the UK, with a team that can bring your special day to life exactly as you pictured it.
Their wedding co-ordinator Michelle is available to offer help and advice and will ensure the planning process is a relaxed and enjoyable experience. A skilled team of chefs, will create your wedding breakfast, with you and your guests dining on delicious dishes, created using locally sourced, fresh produce.
Their beautiful function suites have impressive views of the lake and can accommodate up to 70 guests for an unforgettable day.
1 Reviews for Macdonald Old England Hotel
Recommended by 100% of couples
Helen and Kevin Phillips
The most fantastic day of our lives!!
It all started one summers afternoon in Ambleside. Picture the scene two people in love (fueled by alcohol!) saying to one another "If we ever got married wouldn't it be great to marry in the Lakes". On Christmas Day 2001 came the proposal and those drunken words weren't forgotten!Sent on 27/06/2003
We decided on a spring wedding, appointments were made to view various hotels around Windermere for Valentine's weekend in 2002 and we began our search. Although we viewed lots of lovely venues there wasn't really one that stood out for us so feeling disappointed we returned to Bowness to discuss the pros and cons. However, whilst stolling through the village we came across The Old England Hotel quite by accident. In we went to make enquiries and pick up a brochure. Right from this moment we couldn't have asked for more. Michelle Hipwell (their conference & banqueting contact) offered to show us around straight away and from that moment nothing was too much trouble and it felt so right. Michelle our extensive list of questions and we were pencilled in the diary for 10 May 2003. Away we went to discuss what we'd seen and another appointment for a couple of weeks later was made.
One of my biggest fears when we decided to get married was all the organisation (especially as we live in Manchester and were marrying away from home) but we couldn't have asked for more. Michelle took all our details and told us not to worry. She could't have been more helpful and we really didn't have anything to worry about. I'm sure we drove her mad with questions, phone calls a various visits but she never showed it and always made time to discuss our needs! She helped us organise everything from rooms for guests, lists of local B & B's, the DJ, photographer, etc, etc, etc - this list is endless. The wedding breakfast and evening buffeet were delicious and we were able to put together a menu that suited us and our guests instead of having to use set menus which had been a problems with other venues especially as I have a dairy allergy.
I must also mention Julie who runs the hairdressers in the hotel who did a fantastic job of mine, my 2 bridesmaids and my mums hair. She really helped us all look our best on the day.
Due to Michelle's help and organisation when the day finally came I just knew everything would be perfect which helped me remain calm and it was (including the weather). The hotel is lovely and the function rooms are a mixture of old and new. I think the most breathtaking thing about the hotel are the gardens and the backdrop. Situated right on the shores of Windermere with their own private jetty make for beautiful photographs.
We really did have the most fantastic day of our lives, and all our guest (young, old, day and evening) were blown away by the most perfect day in the most perfect setting.
We couldn't have done it without the help of Michelle and her team and I would recommend the hotel to anyone planning to marry in the Lakes. To help your wedding go without a hitch The Old England, Michelle and her team are the one's to choose.
Thanks for making the most special day of our lives even more special!!
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