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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

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23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a lovely looking hotel in a great location. we have just returned from a stay in a suite which was a lovely room. the furniture was a bit tired but i guess it's part of the 'old' . the bed was big and comfy, the bathroom was very clean, but although it did not leak the sink had a lot... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just returned from a night away with my husband and parents to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and as usual what a fabulous experience from check in to check out! Emeshe and Pawell in the restaurant are truly amazing as are Mark and Anthony on concierge! Everything about this hotel is outstanding and we can't wait to return in November.... More 

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us for your parents anniversary, and we are proud to hear that our staff have made your stay even more enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you back again in November. More 

Cullercoats, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My hubby and I had a lovely 2 night stay here. I decided to upgrade to a feature room and was so glad I did. The view of the lake was spectacular. Huge comfy bed too. Breakfast was absolutely lovely with the best black pudding we have ever had. Very relaxing eating breakfast looking out on to the lake. Pleasant... More 

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent 2 night stay with us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed a bit of luxury in the Lakes whilst with us at the Old England. We always want our guests to feel their time away is a special treat and our feature rooms really do make the most of the stunning... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice hotel in a fantastic location, Breakfast was fine could do with a few tweaks here and there as in self serve etc, Leisure facilities were good, Rooms were nice a clean, view over looking the lake, Staff work hard, would stay again

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review following your stay at the Old England Hotel. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful lakeside location and are pleased our guests are able to enjoy the views whilst relaxing. Thank you for kind feedback regarding our staff and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We love the lakes & no more than this place, it lovely. Food was reely nice & room was so beautifful. We came here to get away from city life & enjoy peace for a few days & would defo return. Oh and the breakfast was excellent as was service from Mike.

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review following your relaxing break away. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the hotel and the food during your stay. We agree that the Hotel is the perfect place to escape for a few days of peace and quiet in a beautiful setting, and we hope you return again soon. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I stayed for one night in a King room. It was with a lovely view of the lake and whilst the bed was comfortable, the pillows were not very firm (the only disappointment). I had booked to stay a while back, but due to a change in circmstances we had to rearrange, and having been given a... More 

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about your relaxing one night break especially with a lovely view of the lake to help you unwind and relax. I am pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and particularly how much you enjoyed the Spa experience from Mike and his team. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our... More 

Formby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the bar for a quick bite to eat as it was a tad expensive I thought this will be lovely. First of all before I moan about the food the staff were impeccable but the food did not live up to the staff serving it. I ordered a club sandwich which £14 pound it was Luke warm and limp... More 

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am glad to hear that you found our staff to be impeccable on your recent visit to our lounge. I am however disappointed to hear that your experience of the food was a negative one. It is always our intention to serve quality food and I apologise that on... More 

Rochdale, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a 2 night break in the Old England which we all enjoyed. Our rooms were comfortable and clean although we were overlooking the rear of the hotel. We did have to wait for breakfast but it was good and the views over the Lake are fantastic. We had other meals in Bowness. My wife was ill when we... More 

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about your recent short break. I am glad you all enjoyed your time with us and especially the amazing views over the Lake from our restaurant, especially to start the day. I am pleased to hear that our staff were able to help your wife and do hope she managed to enjoy her break away. More 

Durham
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent, well run hotel in beautiful setting. Breakfast was especially good whilst enjoying panoramic views over the lake.Front of house staff were extremely helpful and the general atmosphere was welcoming.

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent short break with us. We agree that the hotel is in a beautiful setting and the panoramic views from the restaurant certainly do make breakfast a lovely experience. I am glad to hear you found the staff to be helpful and the hotel so welcoming. We look forward to having... More 

Dorchester
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very poor quality and very late Waited an hour between starter and main course steak was of very poor quality Breakfast took 40 minutes from order Staff were generall good and polite the service in the restaurant was very poor

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Edward C, General Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am disappointed to hear that your experience in our restaurant and the food was not up to the standards that we pride ourselves on. We apologise for the delay in waiting for your food, and am sorry you did not discuss this with a Manager during your stay. I... More 

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