My stay at Englewood Lodge was part of a summer trip with my parents to Ireland and the Isle of Man, to celebrate my father's recovery from quite a serious illness. In that context, I did a lot of research prior to the trip and I tried to choose the best hotel to stay in each place we were visiting, as I wanted to offer them a memorable trip. However, when looking for hotels in the Isle of Man, I couldn't find any 5 or 4 star property that make me feel enthousiastic about. Then, I read the excellent Englewood Lodge reviews and booked it, and now I'm glad I did it!
Location is great if you rent a car, as it is next to the island's capital, Douglas (3 min. drive), but in a much calmer place, with wonderful views of the sea and the bay. The house is big, warm and comfortable and, due to the size of Man and its location (and much better roads than in Ireland!), it is very easy to go anywhere.
However, what makes the real difference is Margaret McEwan, the owner. Margaret is an enthousiastic, hard-worker and determined woman that cares for every little detail to make their guests stay be perfect. It is really amazing the level of dedication and the amount of activity she deploys: making breakfasts, cleaning (the house is inmaculately clean), arranging things, giving you indications and chatting with you... and always with a smile in her face, even when she gets really tired.
The island pleasantly surprised us, despite of the bad weather we had. I mainly knew it because of the yearly TT races, but there is more appart from this. First, for railway fans like me, there are many ancient networks that work throughout the place (the Steam railway from Douglas to the South -especially advisable-, the Electric Railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway, etc.). Appart from the capital, there are other very charming towns to visit, including Castletown, Ramsey and, especially, Peel. Douglas has a beautiful waterfront and commercial street with some good shopping, also.
To sum up, we had a great time in the Isle of Man and our stay at Englewood Lodge definitely contributed to it. Congratulations, Margaret!
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- Also Known As:
- Englewood Lodge Isle Of Man/Onchan