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Oakbank House
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Yes room 5 had a cracked window pane!! in the bottom sash window that moves!!!!! but this did not detract from the excellent hospitality given by Karen, Dan and their team. They certainly made sure we had everything we needed. The room was serviced every day to a very high standard, the breakfast was quality every day and Karen and her team made sure every aspect of our stay was 100%. Swimming, sauna (out of order at the time), jacuzzi and fitness equipment is available at the Windermere Hydro which is 150yds up the hill, no problem!! Car parking adequate if you can negotiate the steep hill. Well worth a trip.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed for 4 nights in Oakbank.We booked with Karon room no 6,approx two weeks previously,and were shocked to be told on arrival that this room was not available the first night even though we had booked it.We were shown a much smaller room with a window cracked(Karon said it had been done by a guest that day,yet on leaving on the 4th day it still had not been repaired).We refused to accept this room and were then shown a much better room(no 3 ) for the first night
We would question the 5 star rating given by AA,and the Cert of Excellence 2013 awarded by Trip Advisor,based on the following observations-
-.Plastic throw away cups in the bathroom,
-Only one small bar of soap given to us for the 4 days,on the 4th day we had to ask for a 2nd bar.
-One hand towel provided,
-Shower in the bathroom leaked onto the floor,
-Windows in room no 6 were stuck and could not be opened from the top.
-Ensuite in room no 6 was very small and tight,
-Room no 3 had no bedside lights to accomodate guests who might like to read in bed,just ceiling lights,
-From the outside the premises needs repainting and all windows improved/repaired
-No real apology given for the non availablility of room no 6,just a suggestion from Karon that we could "slap her wrist" for it-not what we wanted to hear or expected.
-Dining room whilst very clean and bright has very small tables and hard to fit a breakfeast on

To counter act any perceived negativity in the review we would consider the establishment to be well run, efficient,and quiet at night.We do not however consider it merits a 5 star rating,or a Certificate of Excellence,and if in Bowness again we would look elsewhere

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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Danny & the rest of his family were lovely, bending over backwards to make our stay enjoyable, Danny even getting my wife's favourite champagne ready in our room for our arrival. Breakfast is excellent. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I spent a couple of days at the hotel on a tour of the lakes, really nice place to stay staff very friendly and accommodating, room was very good and breakfast was excellent really set me up for the day, I would definitely come back.

It is in a excellent location and plenty of places to eat and drink nearby.

I highly recommend a stay here.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just come back from staying here after the bank holiday weekend we thought the place was fantastic! Breakfast was great with alot of choice on the menu and the staff couldnt do enough.Its right in the heart of Bowness which was a bonus great view of the lake from the bedroom window.We will definatley be back we had a great time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Stayed at Oakview August 2013. It claims to be a 5 star B and B which is quite outrageous. The situation is very good, in the heart of the town. The breakfast is OK, but nothing special. However, our room was a big let down. There was a half size wardrobe which was about 3 feet high, useless for long dresses etc. The room was clean, but the decor very plain, magnolia walls white paintwork no decor. The TV was tiny, but all of the channels inc freeview worked.
It wasn't particularly cheap (£110 per night). Parking on site is included which is a big bonus as it can be tricky to park especially in the summer and bank holidays. On the whole, it was very ordinary considering it claims to be 5 star.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

My partner & i decided to have a weekend away in the Lakes, (never stayed before) booked through one of the last minute internet sites.....stayed Friday .to Sunday .....Found the Oakbank easily, fabulous location very central to everything in Bowness....the room we had was within the house but accessed was from the outside, this made our room very private......a fabulous modern great size cosy bedroom...very clean..no noise very peaceful ...breakfast was excellent the dining room lovely bright & clean.... ..would definitely stay here again if we visit Bowness.

We ate our evening meal at the Postilion restaurant (well recommended) ....we used the open top bus tour for the weekend which takes you anywhere between Keswick & Windermere hop on & hop off ....cheap & cheerful. Visited "Allen Bank" A National Trust house in Grasmere were my partner took some fabulous photos of the red squirrel ....Had a good night out on the Friday at the Albert live music was fantastic....went in on the Saturday but very roudy with stag & hen parties.
We did find that Some of the bars expensive to have a drink.
All in all a brilliant location & a great place to stay....

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Address: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: $124 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oakbank House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Cumbria Quality Assured Guest House in the centre of Bowness on Windermere overlooking Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes. 11 Of our rooms are en-suite and all have showers and some have a bath and shower. Several of our rooms have magnificent lake views and we are just a short walk to the many bars and restaurants in Town. Prices include breakfast for two. We have free on site parking with free WiFi. The current owner has been in situ for sixteen years and tries to make all guests feel relaxed and comfortable. ... more   less 
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