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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

4.0 of 5 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The staff were first class. Our room quite large, well appointed and clean. We dined in lounge bar at night and were well looked after. The views from both the lounge and breakfast room were superb. The valet parking was a bonus.

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We both booked in for back massages and facials.so relaxing . We were staying at broadoaks country house so qualified for a10percent discount. We found parking difficult, but were helped by a very obliging member of staff who opened the gates to the carpark for us. Other people staying at broadoaks weren,t so lucky and werecharged £5 to park. Having... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Try and book room 321, excellent views. Great location in the heart of Bowness. There wasn't any variation for the evening meal though. The only choice was the a la carte menu. Having said that, the foood was very nice.

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Cheadle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well managed ,comfortable hotel with character. Excellent food and friendly helpful service in the restaurant and reception . Public rooms grand but cosey. We enjoyed a two room suite with fabulous views of the lake. Enjoyed the bubbly and chocs at 5 00pm! Nice touch!

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Craig M, Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the hotel. I have shared your very kind feedback with the team and would like to thank you for your very valuable comments. I do hope that we have an opportunity to welcome you back again in the future. More 

Preston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent stay.Staff extremely friendly and helpful on arrival. Setting fantastic, Lakeside location in the centre of Bowness close to shops and restaurants. Room was great and very clean and comfortable. Excellent Spa facilities. Breakfast was a bit dry like it had been kept heated for a while but overall a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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217 reviews 217 reviews
34 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was something of a pilgrimage for me, I worked here as a waiter for a short while as a 17 year old. I had always wanted to stay and so I did. We had a balcony room, I think the best they have, it was good, an odd shape with a corridor but reasonably if not imaginatively furnished. The... More 

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Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the hotel. I have shared your very kind feedback with the team and would like to thank you for your very valuable comments. Although I am sorry that not all aspects of your stay met with your expectations I am very glad that you found our... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned form a weekend break at this hotel, what can i say its so lovely. The bar lounge as panoramic views of lake windermere, the lounge is so comfortable with leather chairs and comfy settees. The food was great i had breakfast lunch and dinner, yes it was a bit pricy but worth every penny. The room was lovely... More 

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Egremont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this hotel for me and my wife to have a relaxing spa day away. Spa treatments, evening meal was all fantastic again.The staff were outstanding in helping us achieve the best of our spa break.

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Saundersfoot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was very good, the room was comfortable was cold when we arrived but staff remedied it with an extra heater. The location is right at lakeside overall everything was excellent all of our friends agreed with us & the fact we have been returning every year speaks for itself

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Craig M, Manager at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the hotel. Thank you as well for being a regular guest of the Old England! I have shared your very kind feedback with the team and would like to thank you for your very valuable comments. I do hope that we have an opportunity to welcome... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at a local hotel and visited this hotel for a complimentary spa day. We decided to have a bite to eat and visited the spacious bar overlooking the lake. The food was very overpriced for what you received. £7.50 for a ham sandwich which was like something you'd put in your child's school lunch box, barely warm soup which... More 

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Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent spa day. I have shared your feedback with the team and would like to thank you for your very valuable comments. I apologise that not all aspects of your stay met with your expectations and I do hope that we have an opportunity to welcome you back again... 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*
Number of rooms: 106
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Also Known As:
Hotel Macdonald Old England
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa Bowness-On-Windermere, Lake District
Hotel Style:
#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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