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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“excellent stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Just returned from a 1 night weekend stay. Excellent hotel, rooms and service. Meal in restaurant is expensive if not included in a dinner bed and breakfast rate portions are small as well. Spa excellent although it might have been an idea to have slippers to go with the dressing gown instead or being expected to walk around barefoot

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We had a Couples Spa day and it was the first time either of us had visited a Spa but it was fantastic! The reception staff of both the hotel and the spa were extremely helpful. The Spa facilities were very clean and luxurious. When we arrived, the relaxation room was empty which was lovely, but after our massage, it was full with only one seat left for us to share- not the most relaxing.The couples massage was great, the only thing to complain about was that the staff spoke to you separately and this was confusing-particularly as they were saying the same thing. There was an ice room, sauna and steam room- no Jacuzzi that we could find that was slightly disappointing. I felt the pool was cold and the steam room had no steam...! My dressing gown had a broken belt, and there was only one pair of slippers available when we checked in. When we were in the pool the staff came round with spare towels which was a nice touch. After the Spa experience we had lunch in the lounge room. It was included in the Spa package, but a tuna sandwich and glass of champagne was priced at £15 on the menu- overpriced compared to others in the location, but would have been worth the money. The best part were the views of the lake. The staff in the lounge were very polite. After visiting for one day, we have decided that we would like to stay on our return to Windermere!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

From the moment we arrived wew were warmly welcomed, parking arranged and shown to our rooms. The staff could not do enough! The spa is first rate and extremely clean. Breakfast was fantastic with lots of choice and excellent waitress service. We would definitely recommend this hotel for a short break to anyone who wants to get away from it all for a few days.

Room Tip: We suggest getting a room with a view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Staying at the All Season Guest House in Winderemere, but able to use the hotels facilities. Great Spa, with decent size pool, which at the time we arrived around Tuesday @ 3.00pm was reasonably quiet, but then around 4.00pm, started to get a little busier. Lovely steam room and sauna also ice room. (a little too cold for us though!!) Decided to sit in the bar area afterwards and have a coffee, (Costa!! The best) amazing views over looking the lake. Beautiful decor around the hotel, may consider staying here, at some point in the future. Thank you to all.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Came here for a spa day with a group of friends. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Lovely decor throughout the spa and the relaxation room is just bliss. Friendly welcome and good treatment with lovely Elemis products. The lunch provided with champagne was excellent.

My only suggestion would be perhaps some more seating around pool area. We had nowhere to sit as was quite full so didn't stay in for long. Also was left quite a while on treatment bed before it began. I can see a hot tub out on that balcony also ;-)

Would come again

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Stayed here over the weekend. Booked through travel republic, but was a bit of a pain, as they had not got the rooms once booked, and had to ring 4 times to clarify things were right. and we still ended up paying more (301 pound for two b and b fri and sat.)
It was my sisters silver wedding, so was a treat.
The hotel was lovely, and valet parking, rooms were a little on the small side. Lovely bed linen, coffee, tea, and water.Some rooms priced at over 500 pounds though!. Staff lovely, food good, bacon a little thin, and small portion of beans, eggs cooked how you like, black pudding and toast and fried bread and tomato. The continental buffet was exceptional any cereal, meat, juice, yoghurt,fruit, so you wouldn't go hungry! Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Our double was bigger than an executive room and just as nice! and cheaper!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arnside
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We had a one night stay at the Old England and found this faultless in every way. The room was perfect and to very high standard with breathtaking views over Lake Windermere. Attention to detail in the room was first class in every way. The evening meal was served to perfection in lovely surroundings with the most attentive and pleasant staff we had ever had the pleasure of being served by. In general the staff we came into contact with throughout the hotel, in particular front of house were a credit to the management.

Room Tip: Room with lake view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#9 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Hotel Macdonald Old England
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa Bowness-On-Windermere, Lake District

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