Macdonald Swan Hotel

Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9RF
Macdonald Swan Hotel Outside

The Macdonald Swan Hotel is a beautiful former coaching inn built in 1650 and is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. It was immortalised in 1805 when William Wordsworth, perhaps the Lake District’s most famous ever resident mentioned it in his poem ‘The Waggoners’. The hotel sits on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Grasmere and nestles in the stunning Cumbrian countryside and enjoys spectacular views over the fells.

With direct access to the breath-taking countryside, comfortable rooms, and an inviting restaurant and bar, it is the perfect base for anyone wishing to enjoy the delights of the wonderful Lake District National Park.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Business Center
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Weddings
  • Wifi


By staying in the historic Macdonald Swan Hotel you can follow in the footsteps of such famous people as William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. The hotel features a number of styles of rooms starting with the standard Classic rooms, Executive rooms that enjoy spectacular views and Feature rooms which as well as a stunning view offer guests those extra special touches of luxury. There is also a ground floor accessible room suitable for people who may have mobility difficulties, which features hanging alarm strings, wider doors, and a wet room complete with grab rails.

Macdonald Swan Hotel Hotel Room

Restaurant and Bar

The Macdonald Swan Hotel’s aim is to treat guests to the finest of traditional Lakeland favourites with a modern twist and it does this with an ever increasing selection of organic and locally produced ingredients. There are three areas to enjoy delicious food and drink in the hotel. The Lounge is an informal and comfortable area where you can wine and dine and then sink back into one of its luxurious wing backed armchairs. The Waggoners Rest is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, and the Walkers’ Bar is the hotel’s traditional pub and a haven for both hotel guests and locals alike.

Additional Facilities and Services

The Macdonald Swan Hotel features a number of informal meeting areas perfect for conferences and other business events. It is also a popular wedding venue with a choice of reception suite, lounge, or marquee and exclusive use of the hotel can be arranged. 

The hotel does not have a spa or fitness facilities on-site but all guests are entitled to complimentary use of its sister hotel the Macdonald Old England Hotel’s facilities. Situated nearby on Lake Windermere, the spa features a technogym, spa, 20m-indoor pool, as well as a range of therapies.


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