Dogs leave wagging their tails after a stay at Macdonald Swan Hotel

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the cosy and inviting Macdonald Swan Hotel offers an excellent break for furry friends and their humans alike. 

Pups and people looking for a place to rest their weary paws after a day’s exploring in the Lake District National Park need look no further. Mentioned in William Wordsworth’spoem "The Waggoner", Macdonald Swan Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District and has welcomed dogs and owners as far back as 1650.

The relaxing rural retreat is nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, with views across the Fells.


The hotel was originally built as a coaching inn and has now been transformed into a 37room hotel, bar, restaurant and lounge where guests can enjoy sunny vistas in summer and blazing log fires in winter.



For £15 per dog per night, visitors and their four-legged companions can stay in the hotel’s comfortable Classic rooms, each one filled with plenty of character and Macdonald’s signature homely decor. After a day of exploring, guests can relieve tired muscles with a long soak in the bathtub and catch up on some well-earned rest from the comfort of a king-sizebed.

A delicious, hearty breakfast is served to dog owners in one of the hotel’s lounges so man’s best friend can be by their side for the most important meal of the day. Dogs are also welcomed in the Cygnet Room lounge where guests can sink into one of the wing-backed armchairs and enjoy a pint or two of local ale.


Guests can fill their boots at the Waggoner’s Restaurant or the convivial atmosphere ofWalkers' Bar where tired dogs can catch some respite and curl up by the fireplace. The chefs at Macdonald Hotels serve traditional British food, which uses the finest seasonal ingredients and the best local produce.

In the shadow of Helm Crag, the Swan has a number of walking paths nearby, as well as canoeing and lake cruising. The village of Grasmere is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and offers shopping and a number of local attractions such as William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. 

The hotel is also within easy reach of Wordsworth’s grace, Rydal, Derwent Water, Keswick, Ambleside, Lake Windermere and Cockermouth.

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