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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    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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Ulverston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited here today as a treat for a Spa day. The hotel is beautiful, classic and honestly cannot fault the service of restaurant and concierge staff. For a spa day experience however I can't say it felt special and to the same level as that we received upon arrival for lunch. Upon arrival in the spa we were speedily given... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had booked a "strawberries and cream" spa day, arrival at the hotel was fine but when in the spa was let down by the receptionist in there, too busy ordering her lunch and gossiping about another staff member. Some confusion over the time of my treatments but eventually got to use the pool and other facilities, was disappointed to... More

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wakefield
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here last year in a second rate shabby room , this year we stayed in a newly refurbished room , WOW! what a difference , these rooms are what you would expect from a top class modern hotel , well done Old Macdonald ! I can only describe our room (131) as fit for a king , fantastic... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not a resident at the hotel but went in for a drink at the terrace bar. We were not disappointed, a stunning view of the gardens and lake. The staff were soooo friendly and very attentive...again really reasonable prices for good and drink... I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting somewhere nice to stop off and have a bevy....... 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 review your recent visit to our Terrace Bar & Lounge. We are very proud of our bar team here at the Old England Hotel and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel soon. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The highlight of our stay here was the fact that I brought in my birthday here! The staff was very very helpful and accommodating, especially Matt, who helped organise a beautiful surprise for me. The rooms do not have an Air-con, but have a small fan and openable windows. Clean well maintained rooms. Breakfast was good, and the walk in... 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 review your recent visit to the hotel. I have passed on your kind comments to Matt in the bar who is delighted to have been able to make your stay extra special. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Old England and to the beautiful Lake District upon the occassion of... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just returned after spending August Bank Holiday weekend at this delightful hotel, which I can highly recommend. The Old England Hotel & Spa ranks amongst one of the best hotels in the Lake District. It oozes olde world charm & a level of personal service which sets is head & shoulders above the rest. The accommodation is very... 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 review your recent stay here at the Old England Hotel and Spa. I was delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the class and charm of our hotel. I have also passed on your kind comments to all the staff members mentioned who were all thrilled to have contributed to your enjoyable bank... More

Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bowness's Old England Hotel & Spa holds a special place on this wonderful lake. This hotel is reminiscent of the old days and is very well appointed with classy rooms and a great breakfast. However the piece of a room is too much in August and I would not rate it as 5 star even though it seems to favour... More

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lancs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We started our honeymoon here last week and were really touched to find a congratulations card and chilled champagne in our suite upon arrival! What a nice thoughtful touch. Later that evening at turn down, two filled champagne glasses and a box of chocs appeared in addition. The weather was dreadful and not the start to our honeymoon we had... More

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Telford
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8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Other reviewers have said it so well.....great location on the lakeside. BUT I booked a family feature room, the website implies feature rooms gave lake views but family rooms do not. As soon as we found our room this became evident. I queried this with a receptionist who told me I could not have made such a booking and then... 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 review your recent stay. I am sorry that you found our website misleading, I have reviewed the room type descriptions on the website to see if indeed any updating is required to eliminate insofar as possible any confusion. Thank you also for your comments regarding the Restaurant and Spa which I am investigating... More

Yorkshire, UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old England is in many ways a fairly typical four star hotel, with very much the amenities and standards you would expect from somewhere with that rating . Service in particular was very good. Its USP though is the unbeatable position literally feet from the shore of Lake Windermere, and of course the fabulous views that go with it.... 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 review your recent stay with us. I am happy to read that you found the service throughout the hotel to be very good and that you enjoyed our wonderful location. We do offer a number of different room types here at the Old England and I am sorry that on this ocassion your... More

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Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#7 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere #9 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere #10 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
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Standing on the shore of Lake Windermere, the historic Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District. The award-winning Restaurant offers unrivaled views over mature lawns to the lake. Four flexible business suites make the Old England a natural favorite as your next meeting or conference venue, while achieving a work-life balance is effortless at our luxury hotel spa. Inquire about exclusive use for weddings and conferences. ... more   less 
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