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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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“Beautiful hotel - fantasic breakfast”
Reviewed 18 November 2012 via mobile

Had an amazing weekend at this hotel. Pricey buy worth it. Lovely to have a pool and our room had an excellent view. Also defintely reccomend the breakfast! Black Pudding was very nice and service throughout the whole trip was spot-on.

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

stayed overnight on a business trip - good food, excellent room, breakfast first class, might even have a leisure break there at some point. Views are stunning - they will also valet park your car int heir car park as there isn't much room adjacent to hotel. decent base for a wander too

Room Tip: ask for a lake view room with a veranda - worth it even in november
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Very chilled out break at half term, not a cheap break but worth every penny. Food excellent especially the evening menu, just as expected from a Macdonald hotel. loved it. No problem with parking as parked outside hotel and staff moved it for us as parking at a premium.

Room Tip: Lake view every time
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lytham
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

stayed here several time over the year as a location for business meetings.
the hotel is well placed with terrific views from all of the bedrooms I have stayed in.
the restaurant setting is superb but the chef unfortunately thinks he is Raymond Blanc. Breakfast was just what you would want it to be but by lunchtime Raymond is into his stride and what is available is a vast array of small nouvelle cuisine light bites - not for me unfortunately
want a bowl of soup and some nice crusty bread served with forest of bowland butter - not a chance.
bedrooms are excellent, well laid out ,good furniture et al and great views - although the shower didn't work in the bridal suite
wi fi available at no cost and easy to get into
main lounge /bar area is well appointed but in an old style and quite gloomy
parking is very difficult although the staff will gladly take your keys and disappear with your car - although I always worry about that!!!
you'll be pushed to find anybody british working in the hotel - would be a great place to stay if you wanted to learn eastern european languages

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

A year ago we visited The Old England and rated it very good but only just. And a year later we still think the same. Service is good, staff friendly, well trained, helpful. Everything overpriced but we went back so we must have accepted that.Stilldon't like the walk to car park to get things left in the car - boots - coates ect.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

what a lovely hotel welcomed very warmly ay check in,room very spacious and spotless large bathroom nd the staff one and all very friendly and polite,would definetly go go back,enjoyed a very relaxing weekend would go back

Room Tip: we had room 9 not a lake view but a lovely room
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

I like a good spa - time to relax and wind down in a hot bubbling jacuzzi....... wait! No jacuzzi!! I've never been to a spa that is totally lacking in the jacuzzi area. Especially one that has recently spent a good sum of money refurbishing! Plus, where else is there to sit? Well, there was approximately four loungers which were all covered in other peoples towels. Other than that a very nice sauna and steam room. That's it for seating. If you just want to sit/lay and relax then space is limited. The pool was good enough, but a little on the cool side. The aromatherapy shower is a lovely touch and the ice room is great, very novel. The changing rooms were comfortable, albeit a little small, but there are plug sockets for your own dryer/straighteners etc. From what I could tell, if you wanted to use the toilet you had to come out of the pool area, out and through the changing rooms, along a short corridor and through a door on the end. Not great design to be honest. We didn't see much of the staff, however when we did enquire about treatments they were less than forthcoming so we decided to spend our money elsewhere. Final comment is that the showers in the changing rooms were tepid and I was looking forward to a nice hot shower on a very cold day so slightly disappointing.

Overall I wouldn't return for a spa weekend with my girlfriends. It was adequate for a coupe of hours but no more. The views are lovely, but difficult to enjoy from poolside level. And the lighting makes it all look a bit dull - not a patch on the photos.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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