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Windermere Marina Village
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Stayed on our new boat which is moored at the WMV so this was our first visit. Despite the construction work which didn't affect us one little bit, we found the village to be excellent. The public bathrooms are impeccably clean with great facilities. The village is exceptionally clean and was lovely and quiet. We grabbed a breakfast at the hut on Sunday morning which was great but look forward to using the clubhouse facilities in the near future. We'll be celebrating a big birthday in our family over Christmas and were so impressed with the place that we're booking the apartments for us all to stay in.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

What a wonderful place this is! We sayed in apt 17 right at the end of the block!
The apt had three big double bedrooms two of the rooms had one suites with the other having a bathroom separate! Plus another room with a toilet in. The main room was a kitchen livingston which made it fab to cook and still be able to talk to friends while doing this!
Absolutely fabulous - I could have lived here!!! We stated for three nights and could of state a lot longer!
Everything in the apt was finished to perfection- from the fab bedrooms to the balcony looking over the marina!
Lovely walk down side of lake ended up at bowness (10mins) good to walk off any pub grub during day!
Ventured out onto the board walk to have a good nose at the boats one of the days- was lovely to just choice out and relax.
Anyone who is thinking of staying here- do it!!!! Wouldn't find anyway better for the price u pay!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank HeatherAirey85
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Stopped from Friday to Monday in october and were very lucky to have beautiful weather. Perfect location with a lovely walk to bowness. We stayed in cottage number 21 and for two couples it was perfect two double bedrooms with one ensuite and a bathroom that linked to the other bedroom. Lots of space to cook and socialise so for us was perfect over a b&b where the costs of eating out etc add up. We took advantage of using the spa and pool at the local hotel and it was very nice. Having a swim looking over onto windemere was lovely!
Our dvd didnt work but within half an hour of reporting the fault we had a new one fitted.

One thing that i wish the marina would look at are the check in and out times 4pm to check in was late and to be out at 10am means you only have two full days in the cottage. I understand they have to clean them all but most hotels/b&bs are check in 3pm check out 12

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katy_Craig
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WindermereMarina, Public Relations Manager at Windermere Marina Village, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to review Windermere Marina Village. I'm really pleased you and your friends enjoyed your stay with us.
The presentation and cleanliness of our properties is a top priority and we do need the 10am until 4pm window to maintain our high standards across all our cottages and apartments. However, you can book a guaranteed early check-in ensuring your property will be ready for you at 2pm; there is an additional charge for this service.
Our customers are more than welcome to register early and leave us a telephone number so we can let them know as soon as their property is ready. We will always do our best to get you in as soon as we can.
We hope to welcome you back to Windermere Marina Village again soon.
Warm regards
Tracii

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We recently stayed for a week and I have summarised the positives and negatives
Positives
Pleasant reception staff at check in
Apartment nicely furnished with new oak furniture in bedrooms and modern bathrooms
Nice view and sitting out balcony
Apartment Cosy and warm and very clean
Very comfy beds with good quality bedding
Negatives
We had a hen or stag party next door to us and the racket from a Saturday night party was awful. Note that these apartments are let to all male or all female parties so it's a risk you run. We reported this next day to reception who seemed fairly disinterested and said there was nothing they could do- no apology which was disappointing
The view over the Marina in October in more of a view over a boat storage area as it's wall to wall boats most covered with tarpaulins for the winter. We never saw a boat move during our week there.
The shower pressure from Mira electric showers was poor
There is only one small tv in the lounge which is portable sized and far too small for the size of the lounge
The swimming pool is not being rebuilt and while you can use one a couple of miles away it has no parking so makes a swim visit tricky
The landscaping around the apartments in a bit scruffy
There was major building work on site and although the notice to builders asks for no noise before 9.30 we were wakened most mornings at 8 by hammering and banging
Our biggest shock was bring charged £42 for electricity in a week that was mainly sunny and warm and needed almost no heating. Lord knows what kind of bill you'd get for a frosty winter week so be warned. For some strange reason you are not charged for electricity if you stay five nights or less so my advice would be only to do a short break to avoid hefty charges
I feel we paid too much given the noise from building work and the disturbance from a party and the fact that the apartments have no washing machine
It was an ok week and the apartments may be more scenic in the summer when the Marina has some life about it
My advice would be make sure you know what you're renting, what additional charges you will have and how building work will impact on your break
We had an ok week but are unlikely to book a repeat visit

Overall we had an ok week but it's overpriced for what you get

Room Tip: As far away from building work as possible
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mia G
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WindermereMarina, Public Relations Manager at Windermere Marina Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review your Windermere Marina Village cottage. I am pleased you found the property well furnished and cosy, your additional comments have been forwarded to the relevant departments for their appropriate attention.
I am sorry you were disturbed by your neighbours. Although we do accommodate the occasional group, disturbance is rare. Our on-site security guard would have been happy to address the noise, the telephone number can be found in the guest information.
I do hope you consider Windermere Marina Village again in the future.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Our apartment ( no 25 ) at the Windermere Marina Village was a special place to stay because:

It had a luxurious feel to it ( especially the bathrooms ).
The view of the marina was inspiring to see on rising in the morning.
It was very spacious and modern
There were three bedrooms and 3 bathrooms so everyone had their own bathroom.
It was well equipped.
It was near to the attractive town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Downsides to the accommodation:

There weren't any really but we were surprised that the 3 bed apartment only had the one television!

The construction work was a bit of an eyesore but as we stayed at a weekend there was thankfully no noise.

All in all I would recommend the Windermere Marina Village apartments and I hope to return there one day.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jude76
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Friday 5th Oct-Monday8th Oct. Spot on in every way, helped by beautiful weather. The apartment was south facing, benefitting from great views over the marina and evn the lake in the distance. The apartment was one bedroom but the living space was very spacious. We had invited friends for dinner one evening and the dining table had ample room for six. There was everything one could ask for in the kitchen. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, lots of cutlery, utensils, crockery etc. Adjacent building work was no problem, I do not know why some people have complained, I guess they must belong to the "half empty glass brigade".
A pleasant one mile walk from the Marina along a lakeside track to Bowness and all the boat trips, don't take the car into Bowness, parking is difficult. There is a Tesco Express in Bowness, large Booths supermarket in Windermere. Our family (daughter, husband and two grandchildren) came to visit us for a day and we went on a marvellous cruise of Windermere.

Room Tip: If you chooes a ground floor apartment/cottage you have a great patio, but no view, only large boats...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank David G
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

My partner and I have just returned from a 4 night break at WMV. We drove there in the pouring rain and arrived around 3pm. Although, we were informed we could not check in until 4pm, we were given the keys and shown where to go. When we opened the door of apt 18, it was lovely and warm and so welcoming. Upon going inside, we were more than satisfied with the accomodation on offer. The apartment was so cosy and exceptionally clean. There was nothing that we wanted for. There was even a dishwasher!!! The building work did not interrupt our stay at all, this was minimal. Although we had the unfortunate luck of being there during the terrible floods and gales, this did not stop us going out and about, and everything is just a short walk away. Thank you WMV, we will certainly return.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Windermere Marina Village

Address: | The Marina, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Bowness-on-Windermere
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self-catering lakeland cottages and luxury apartments nestled around a private marina in the heart of the Lake District.Windermere Marina Village enjoys a secluded location yet is only a few minutes walk from Bowness-on-Windermere. ... more   less 
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Windermere Marina Village Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District

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