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“Heaven for dogs and owners”
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Lonsdale House
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

We have just returned from our second stay at Lonsdale house, they say you should never go back because its never as good as the first time- Lonsdale house really knocks this advice out of the water. Its such a great little gem!! Its stylish but comfortable , excellent value and very warm and friendly staff. In fact we cant fault it! We travel with our dog and he is made to feel just as welcome.We dont eat in the main dining room but this is not a problem and we fully understand that there are non dog lovers out there. Our breakfast table was set up in the lounge area and we were extremely comfortable there. We were also given advice on dog friendly pubs and we recommend the Royal Oak, Bowness on Windermere for great home made food and very dog friendly . But again it caters for non dog lovers. We will definitely be returning to such a fabulously friendly place.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

We have stayed two consecutive years for 3- 4 day stints each time at the Lonsdale at Bo'ness. We can not really fault it. It lives up to all our expectations of what a good B&B should offer. Warm welcome, clean tidy bedrooms and common space and good appetising breakfasts. Andrew, the owner, is a great guy and always willing with help and advice if you want it. The staff are very polite, friendly and efficient. We don't really want to look elsewhere for other options when the Lonsdale meets all our needs. Okay it's not a 5-star hotel but you get what you for and this is good value for money. Sometimes the outside parking can be a bit restricted and requires a little maneuvering and assistance to access and exit but otherwise no complaints. Great place!

Room Tip: Front rooms are obviously noisier overlooking a busy road. Back rooms are definitely quieter.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Thank you to Pawel and all the other staff at Lonsdale House for a fantastic holiday. We have been holidaying in the lakes for 15 years and we have finally found somewhere worth returning to. The room was spotlessly clean and we did not want to get out of the four poster bed it was that comfortable. It was worth setting up for the fantastic breakfast in the morning. We will definitely be returning and will recomend to friends and family

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

After a couple of cancelled visits ,my wife and I finally made it to the Lonsdale House Hotel.
We were welcomed by friendly and attentive staff and shown to our room where a small carafe of sherry for our enjoyment was a lovely gesture. Our room had a four poster bed and was very comfortable although a slight annoyance was road side traffic which dies off around 11pm.
Andrew, the owner, was very friendly and recommended several restaurants for us to try.
The morning breakfast was EXCELLENT and well up with the best we have had at any hotels anywhere.
All in all a very pleasant trip and my wife and I would have no hesitation in recommending the Lonsdale House to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

My wife and i had a fantastic experience at your hotel. The staff were welcoming, the room was beautiful and the service was second to non. We stayed in a four poster room which was stunning and were recomended a fantastic Italien down the road for a meal which was almost as good as the breakfast at Lonsdale House!

All in all a lovely hotel in a central location with great staff, great service, great food and a stay that i would recommend to everybody.....thank you again.

Room Tip: Four poster beds are king size, very comfortable and a nice treat!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

we so would as a family highly recommend this guest house, it is so close to all the amenities and is a place with comfort and cleanliness after a day of sightseeing. The standard is so high and staff are amazing, my wife is a fussy eater at breakfast and she was accomadated with whatever she needed. The rooms are spotless and warm and the manager i could not fault 'A true gentleman'. It's a must and great value for money!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

Lonsdale is nothing like a 4 star property and reality falls well below the expectation created by their website and that of Hotel.com. Maybe there are others. The inference is that luxury accommodation is on offer but this is not so.

The hotel is well located in the main street of Windermere and within easy walking distance of shops and pubs etc and of course the lakefront, but the standard of rooms and cleanliness let the place down. The toilets didn’t flush easily and need some sort of repair altho to be fair we found this in several locations on our travels.

The hotel is right up to the edge of the main road with no footpath from the entrance way towards the village. You need to cross the road immediately to avoid the traffic coming at you .Being so close to the road makes the road facing rooms very noisy throughout the night. We were unlucky enough to have such a room. There is no air conditioning and the rooms get very hot but you have to choose between stifling in the room or opening the single window and putting up with the constant traffic noise.

This makes it impossible to sleep. Add to that a lumpy bumpy mattress on a four poster bed that felt and sounded like it was about to collapse.To make the bed more comfortable we attempted to sleep on the duvet cover. Worse was to come when we pulled back the bed to find the mattress heavily stained with urine and good knows what else.

On top of this the other guests were noisy, thumping around the landings and the room above us. There were families with children staying and in one room we saw several mattresses on the floor additional to the bed. It seemed families were sharing one room. In the morning we heard dogs in the hotel and the dining room/lounge had a doggy smell and the staff confirmed some guests had dogs in the rooms. This may be the norm in England but hardly a feature of a supposed 4 star property, we’d had enough and attempted to check out a day early.

To their credit they were apologetic and we were offered a room away from the road and one supposedly recently refurbished. Given we had prepaid the room months ago we accepted the offer. At least this time there was no road noise and the mattress was clean but again the room was nothing like 4 star standard and the carpet was dirty. The breakfasts were fine and free parking at the rear of the hotel a good feature, although it was tight and you were asked to leave your car key at reception so they could move the vehicles around if needed. Not ideal.

The staff are pleasant and helpful but the place itself is overrated. We can only surmise there are differing UK rating standards compared to international standards. It needs to be clarified for the likes of overseas visitors. Even our experienced travel agent got excited about our staying at Lonsdale, expecting us to be wallowing in luxury.. far from it.

Room Tip: Do your research even if recommended by your travel agent. Definitely check out on TA.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 2JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: £68 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lonsdale House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fantastic Central Location close to Lake Windermere, Beatrix Potter Attraction, Restaurants, shops etc. Having Lake View Rooms, Four Poster Rooms and Family Rooms. Parking on site. Guests can relax in the Lounge or have a drink at the well stocked bar. For a great holiday at a great price contact us and take advantage of our excellent deals. ... more   less 
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