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“Clean but not 5*”
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Oakbank House
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Enjoyed my stay here at oakbank house the room (no 3) was very clean and the bed was so comfy. The B&B itself was very quiet and sometimes felt like we was the only people there. However it was right by all the shops and we would recommend the Albert if you're looking for somewhere to drink with a good atmosphere and nice food. If I was to come back to windermere i would like to stay somewhere else where there is more value for the money paid.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed in oakbank house in the october half term for 3 nights. Our room was lovely on the ground floor, lovely decor and very clean. Even though we were next to the breakfast area and main entrance we heard little noise from other customers. The view from our window overlooked the lake and we were on the doorstep of shops and restaurants! :) breakfast was exceptionally good with a wide range of choice and quick, friendly service. We also tried out the pool area in the adjacent hotel which is an added bonus when staying here! Overall an excellent stay, we felt very welcomed and would definitely recommend! ! We will be back again! :)

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

I have stayed at this hotel before, and we were planning to come back to bowness with some friends so wanted to stay here, as the location is fantastic and the views from the rooms are lovely. We managed to book in about a week in advance as it is the quiet season now, On arriving to the hotel we were greeted by the friendly staff, who showed us the sititng room, dining room etc, then up to our room (room 3) which was lovely, we didnt have a lake view but it really didnt bother us as we didnt go to just sit in the room and stare out the window all weekend! our friends were in room 7 which was equally as nice. rooms and bathrooms lovely and spacious. the decor in the room was lovely. when we stayed previously we were on the ground floor and the rooms and bathrooms are quite a bit smaller, so its worth paying the extra money for a better room.

it is in a great location just off the main road, so you dont need your car to get around, just a 5 mintue stroll past the shops and your at the lake.

Had a great nights sleep, lovely and quiet apart from when other guests return through the night but thats expected in any hotel.

Breakfast was gorgeous, lots of options for people-even the fussiest of eaters should be able to find something on this menu and the views from the dining room of the lake were lovely to see while having breakfast.

you can also access the leisure facilites at the hotel further up the road.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone, i find it hard to see how people could find any faults with this hotel, our friends who we introuduced to it also loved it and thanked us for taking them there and say they would be returning in the future.

thank you for another enjoyable stay!

Hayley & Lee

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Great location ideal access to bowness shops and ferries; rooms comfy; good breakfast and service. can't really fault anything - parking is tight to get around the back of the guest house ensure you're reversing skills are up to scratch!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I stayed in a beautiful traditional room with the most amazing views across the lake. The location was perfect and only a 2 minute walk to all the shops and restaurants.
The breakfast was tasty and we liked the toffees in the lounge as we always stopped to have a coffee before going o our room.
The room was nice and opening the curtains to a view like that each morning made it feel special.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 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

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BU, England
Region: 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: £90 - £136 (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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