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“Average, hard to find hotel” 2 of 5 stars
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Woodlands Windermere
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   New Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 2EE, England   |  
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Aussie
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Average, hard to find hotel”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2007

1 night: Tues, 5th June

We had a very difficult time finding this establishment for two reasons:
(a) New Road, which is a main road, actually runs North East and South East with the bend occurring at the town centre. The hotel’s website (which has now been updated and the instructions removed entirely) only provided directions when approaching from the north; and
(b) the Google map we had printed only focused on the southern end and therefore we were confused as the hotel’s directions did not match our map. We called the hotel twice and on the second occasion, they stayed on the line and directed us until we reached the hotel. This was good, but we were very frustrated by the time we arrived at the hotel. We pointed this out, but management implied the problem was ours.

Our room was located on the attic level of the second floor. There is no lift. The room is small and contains a double bed, bed side tables and lamps. The attached alcove section of low ceiling height contains one table, TV and chair.

The ensuite was tiny, of low ceiling height and it’s décor was dated (i.e. pink shower cubicle base and toilet basin). The toilet flushing mechanism was not working properly and required many attempts before success. A laminated instruction sheet hung from the shower door advising the guests to run the cold water in the hand basin in order to get hot water from the shower. This was true but should be unecessary for a paying guest!

The walls are very thin. We could hear the people speaking in the next room, but it was not loud enough for us to hear what they were saying. When our neighbours entered their rooms, it actually sounded like they were putting their key into the lock on our door.

A full English breakfast was included which was very nice, as was the presentation of the breakfast room.

The B&B has a non-secure carpark in front for approximately 12 cars.

We found the staff friendly and the hotel in a reasonably good location. However, the bedroom and bathroom are small (the latter dated) and the sloped portion of the attic ceilings are claustrophobic. Personally, I just don’t think that attic rooms are acceptable for paying guests. I suggest you try elsewhere!

By the way, the updated website shows luxurious rooms. They may be there, but we certainly didn't see them!!!

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Attic ceiling and dated small bathroom
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Somerset
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2007

My family and I have just returned from a fantastic short break at the Woodlands and would like to say thank you to all of the staff who were very charming and made our break one to remember!
Our room was clean and comfortable and an ideal location for anyone with children as it is walking distance to the attractions , village, and the Bowness pier.
Breakfast was lovely with plenty of choice, and the Hotel has a lovely atmosphere which is a credit to the owners Sarah and Alan.
Thank you for a lovely stay and will see you all again soon!
Anne, John, Hayley, Tor and Mel x

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Lake District weather.. Unfortunately this time
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2007

We went to stay at Woodlands based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and were to a large extent disappointed which highlights for me the variation in what people are looking for in a place to stay.
Our room was adequate and clean but rather dated and a bit 'tired'. The bathroom was even more tired and TINY - the width was the same as a standard shower tray and finding somewhere to stand and dry without banging into the loo or door was a challenge! The only place to put stuff was on the floor.
I would describe the breakfast as overwhemingly average. The only fruit juice was orange juice, a choice of a few cereals, pots of yoghurt and a few bananas (again tired!) and apples in a bowl. The full English was nothing to right home about - half a tomato, a sausage etc If you like cheap sliced bread you'll be fine, if you would like something a little bit more interesting and tasty then it won't be here. Jams and marmalades out of plastic sachets.
The staff were friendly but in what I felt was a 'bolt on smile' type of way. For example I watched a waitress take breakfast orders from two Japanese couples who were finding her difficult to understand. She happily trotted out the choice of fried and scrambled eggs, mushrooms etc without taking any heed for her customer's difficulties and no effort to be really helpful and explain.
When we asked for a small jug of fresh milk in the room rather than pots of UHT they were very obliging.
The hotel is central enough for Bowness and Windemere but I must say I missed what others have described as warmth and friendliness and saw staff eager to get the numbers of people through and off. I have had much better in B&Bs

  • Liked — Relatively inexpensive
  • Disliked — Cramped bathroom Very average breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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sassy01, Owner at Woodlands Windermere, responded to this review, June 22, 2007
Please be assured our smiles are genuine, we really do enjoy what we do and are committed to improving all the time. we are not altogether sure what constitutes a “bolt on smile” but Lydia our daughter and waitress has a very genuine, kind and happy nature, I would be far more concerned if our guests thought she was miserable. She was hearbroken to hear your comments!! Our breakfast of Fresh Orange Juice, Grapefruit, fresh fruit, organic and pro biotic yoghurts, assorted cereals, muesli with extra bowls of chopped apricots, sultanas and breakfast seeds, locally handmade Cumberland sausages, grilled bacon, free range eggs, sautéed mushrooms, tomato and baked beans, Kingsmill toasted wholemeal or white bread we feel is far from average, as do the overwhelming majority of our regular visitors. I think we would be very unusual business people not to hope to have a full and busy hotel all the time, that after all is why we are here.


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Stockport, England
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2007

We have just returned from a weekend stay at The Woodlands Hotel. Our party consisted of 6 adults and 2 children under the age of 3. We had a fantastic stay. The rooms were lovely, the staff extremely helpful and the food exceptional. The hotel is ideally situated being a 10 minute walk into Windermere and about 25 minutes into Bowness. We ate evening meals on both Friday and Saturday nights and they were lovely. Sarah the chef definitely deserves a round of applause. We were made to feel very welcome and would definitely recommend and stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2007

I stayed at the Woodlands Hotel for two nights with my boyfriend in March this year. The room was comfortable, although the decor was a bit dated, but suited the family style of hotel. It would have been strange if it had been decorated in a more trendy way! The staff were all friendly but unobtrusive and you could come and go as you please without having to see anyone, although they were very prompt when we rang the bell downstairs for service. The breakfast was perfect, not too big, and so fast. The location is perfect for exploring Windermere and Bowness as you can walk to both and beyond. The weather was amazing when we were there which made things even better. Watch the swans at the marina as they will steal any food you have and are fierce!! I would recommend this hotel to anyone - we are in our twenties but we saw families and more elderly guests there as well. We will definitely be returning.

  • Liked — comfortable, clean accomodation for a reasonable price
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2007

I stayed here in November ‘06 with my other half for the first part of his 40th Birthday celebrations. I had looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor before we booked and was confident we would have a great time. We were not disappointed.

Upon arrival, we are allocated a small but comfortable superior room to the rear of the hotel which had a pleasant outlook over a garden. The room was really cosy and warm which was great after a hard day out walking. My other half loved the smell of the hotel and the room! They really keep on top of the housekeeping.

We ate in the restaurant on our first night and the food was delicious. We are a little fussy about where we eat but every course exceeded our expectations. The restaurant also offers excellent value for money and it's obvious that quality ingredients are used.

The parts we liked most about this hotel were the atmosphere, the peacefulness and the friendly service. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they try to go the extra mile. There is a comfortable lounge area where we spent part of both nights of our stay, reading books and magazines whilst drinking a good bottle or two of wine.

I am looking forward to our next visit to this hotel which will hopefully be later this year.

  • Liked — The food, the atmosphere and the service.
  • Tips/Secrets — Take advantage of the restaurant!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Devon, UK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2006

I stayed here over Christmas with my family and quite simply it was the best! From arrival we were greeted by warm smiles, friendly staff and this remained throughout the entire stay. Sarah the owner/cook is just the best cook and would certainly put Gordon Ramsay et al to shame in my opinion (plus she is much much more attractive!), her food was extremely tasty, beautifully presented and just yum. The breakfasts were also divine and the canapes that were offered before dinner each night were delicious too.
The rooms were well decorated, warm and serviced daily and we wanted for nothing

All credit must go to the staff for their friendliness. Alan (owner), Ania, Marcus and Lydia were lovely and all ensured our stay was a pleasant one.

We are going back in October for a short stay and have decided to return for next Christmas it was so nice, so brace yourself Ayres, the Barrs are coming back!

  • Liked — The Staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Have the evening meal, it's well worth it!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Woodlands Windermere

Address: New Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 2EE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Woodlands Windermere 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A handsome Edwardian villa located on the peaceful side of the village. The 15 newly refurbished guest rooms with brand new en-suite shower rooms and White Company toiletries, include a choice of doubles and twin rooms, with two of them located on the ground floor. All rooms are well equipped with 19" flat screen Toshiba televisions, radio alarm clocks, hairdryer and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. Three of the rooms have King Size 4-poster beds and three of the rooms have super king size beds, if you really want to impress, flowers and/or champagne can be waiting for you in the room. There's a bar and residents' lounge where you can relax with a drink, and breakfast is served in the light and airy dining room. ... more   less 
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