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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A fantastic location, right on the lake with fantastic views of the lake from the very relaxing traditional sitting room/bar. Not all rooms have wifi. We stayed over Easter where they really ramp up the room prices. We checked in and were given a room which was very dated (room 219). It was steet side and the to see out the window you had to stand on the window sill and for £200 per night (excluding breakfast) quite frankly it is a rip off. To their credit I went to reception and said that I didn't think the room was satisfactory, they staff knew of the room (and the one next door - room 220) and agreed and changed us to a recently modernised room which was very nice. The staff are friendly enough. We'll definitely stay again (and avoid rooms 219 & 220).

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have just spent a wonderful weekend at the Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa. We were given this weekend away by our Son and Daughter and families to celebrate our Golden Wedding as we spent our honeymoon at the Old England. We arrived at 1.00p.m on Friday lunchtime and my husband went into reception and we were told our room was ready for us. The consierge came out and took our luggage out of the car, parked the car for us and then took us to our room with the luggage, the view from the lounge area of our suite was magnificent. The views from the dining room were wonderful and the two evening meals we had were excellent as was the wine and the service was first class. The bed was really comfortable and we found the supply of toilet preparations very good and the bathrobes very soft and fluffy. The coffee making facilities were excellent. Everything about our weekend was wonderful made so by such pleasant surroundings and very helpful and smart staff.

Room Tip: Our room was on the second floor overlooking the lake
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the Macdonald Old England in Bowness, Windermere last October. They had a discount rate which made it more attractive even though we have paid full price before.

It is a lovely hotel, bed and continental breakfast, though an English breakfast is available at a small cost.
The rooms are very comfy and we always managed to get a Lake view which is absolutley fabulous on a sunny autumn morning. The bars are also very pleasant and the lounge has window table and chairs to which you can while away just watching the lake and various boats and launches coming and going.

All in all this is a great hotel with alot of amenities and local area with a variety of shops and pubs.
You could even take a stroll up into Windermere which takes a around 30 minutes passing some wonderful scenery, small cafes and pubs.

Try it.

Johnny Quest

Room Tip: Always ask for a lake side view as the rooms tend to be quieter. Look out for special offers.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a great place to stay and an amazing location too, right in the centre within walking distance of everything! Glorious afternoon tea on the Terrace and beautiful views over the lake - what could be more English than that. Great friendly staff and excellent service to go with it, just perfect.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

After working in the holistics business for over 10 years and having taught in the industry, including teaching some of the Macdonald girls in the past, my treatment at The Old England Spa was brilliant.

My therapist not only has a clear natural aptitude as a therapist but was also attentive, professional, respectful and gave a downright super treatment, which I know calls on a lot of factors being right and they were.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stopped in here for a quick drink whilst in Bowness last week. I ordered a glass of wine, I was offered a large one that I accepted, two lemonades and a bottle of Perroni as the draft lagers were off? - Anyhow - price was just shy of £18 which was nice...

We won't do that again !

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Good food and views,easy access to parking which can be a problem in this area,I have no objection to children but to avoid school holidays would be a good idea.Looking forward to finding other hotels in this chain.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#3 Business Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: $144 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere - England's largest lake - our hotel offers the best of breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views over our mature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake - our hotel proves a popular choice for family holidays. Our hotel in Cumbria is perfect for country adventures - hire a private jetty on our lake and marvel in the glorious scenery we have on offer. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend a visit to our spa and thermal suite for a relaxing steam before you dine in our award-winning Restaurant. ... more   less 
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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa Bowness-On-Windermere, Lake District

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