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“An Oasis of Fine Dining in the NH Lakes Region” 4 of 5 stars
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The Manor on Golden Pond
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Rte 3, Holderness, NH 03245   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Holderness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Fine Dining in the NH Lakes Region”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

We live several miles from The Manor but never really considered it. Instead we traveled far and wide looking for a good special occasion restaurant only to find an endless supply of mediocre (or worse) food in the area. A handy coupon from Restaurant.com gave us inspiration to try it for my birthday and what a find! Very fresh salads, excellent entrees (seafood and chicken), and a dessert menu that made us want to sample everything (very unusual for us). The setting is warm and comfortable with a blazing fireplace. White linen on the tables makes the experience special. Service was attentive but not top notch. Why? Our reservation was made for a birthday dinner but our server didn't get the message. And when we told her on arrival dessert still arrived without a candle or anything special. Careless. But overall the food quality and the romantic setting made for a special evening and we were glad we tried The Manor. It's not cheap but we'd rather eat out half as often if the experience can be this good. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

Inside of rooms were lovely and comfortable. The exterior is falling apart with decks actually rotting away and siding peeling off. Restaurant service was unremarkable and the food less than mediocre. Breakfast in particular was terrible, hard boiled eggs Benedict on a plate with nothing else. Totally unappealing. Very sad to see this once proud property with such a spectacular setting deteriorate to such an unsettling degree. We will not be back. Too many other properties in the area for Half the price and twice the charm.

Room Tip: Pointless, wouldn't stay here again or recommend it to anyone
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

We stayed for 2 romantic nights during the fall of 2011 and we agree with most of the information in the other recent posts. We were initially disappointed that the Manor is across the road from Squam Lake so that you gaze across a fairly busy road to see the water. That being said, the food was of excellent quality, the room was thoughtfully appointed, and the staff went out of their way to assist us. The price is very high making this only a fair value. This is a beautiful area especially as the trees turn into their vibrant fall colors.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

We stayed here for a beautiful fall weekend. We had never been to New Hampshire before and maybe we just didn't look closely enough but this property is not ON golden pond. It's in a small town across the highway from the pond and across the street from the gas station. The lawn and the grounds are very pretty, the house could use some paint. The people who work here were really nice and very helpful.

We were there peak season and it felt empty for much of the weekend...to the point of being uncomfortable. Dinner was crickets Friday night except for the cheesy piped in piano music. The dining room is an add on that was redecorated in the 70s. The food was delicious though! I can't say the same for breakfast the next morning....

We stayed in the 'best' room (I can't remember which one...it's blue). The room was nice - lots of window, comfortable bed, nice bathroom. But the deck (the selling point of the room for us) is not great because you are far from the water and it's an odd shape.

Also, it's kind of a long drive to the main attractions (White Mountain National Park, etc.). Except - i would say the Rattlesnake Trail hike to overview the Pond was a highlight of the weekend. So was the food at Walters!

Bottom line is, I wish I could write a better review; If our room had been half the price, I might be. You are paying luxury prices...but, it's not luxury.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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147 reviews 147 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

The rooms are no more then ok
The food in the restaurant is very basic
The breakfast is very basic as well
The price is very expensive in general and especially the price performance

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Hope, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We have just returned from a driving trip covering part of New England. The glorious Manor On Golden Pond was the one hotel at which we made reservations prior to starting our journey.We spent five nights at this beautiful property located amidst luscious wooded, mountain areas with a great view of Squam Lake.
From the time that we were greeted and escorted to our beautiful room -- 'Buckingham' -- we knew that we had made a good decision. The room itself was very spacious and tastefully appointed with luxurious linens gracing an imposing four-poster bed. The large wood-burning fireplace was framed by two comfortable wing-chairs -- a perfect spot to relax with a book after a day of touring the area or following an excellent dinner. Periodically one would wander out onto the small balcony overlooking the lake to listen for the sound of the loon. We were lucky in that we enjoyed that symbol of rural surroundings on various occasions.
Mary-Ellen and Brian, the owners of 'The Manor'', together with their large and personable staff ensured that someone was always available to answer questions or provide directions to points of interest in the area. 'The Manor' is a perfect location from which to travel to various attractive parts of New Hampshire. Locally a one-and-a-half hour boat cruise on peaceful Squam lake, together with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. is very worthwhile. Also a drive to Mount Washington for a ride to the top on the famous Cog Railway makes for a lovely day-trip. It was on that occasion that we saw our first moose!!
The three English 'interns' working at the hotel in various capacities as part of their practical training , provided assistance in a light-hearted , enthusiastic and amusing manner. The housekeepers providing the evening turn-down service complete with cookies, willingly re-set the fireplace for us, although we were quite prepared to do that for ourselves. In fact the unwritten motto of the inn appears to be that the guest should be pampered wherever possible.
Our full and varied breakfasts, afternoon tea, and most enjoyable dinners were important parts of our stay. Again they were always served with a warm smile.
If we could make a suggestion -- not a criticism -- a boutique hotel of this size does not warrant having two restaurants open for dinner. On four out of our five nights, we chose to dine in their "M Bistro" which offers a lighter menu. Whilst our meal was excellent , we tended to feel a little 'lonely'! This may be a reflection of our slightly social personalities, but it might make more practical sense to offer both formal and lighter menus within one dining-room. Just a suggestion!!
Nevertheless, our parting comments on leaving 'The Manor' were that we wished that we could take the hotel , along with the complete staff , on the rest of our journey!! That not being possible, we certainly look forward to returning soon.

Room Tip: On a cool or damp evening, a room with a fireplace is an added luxury!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

quiet hotel with old world charm , clean rooms with very traditional furniture - dont stay here if you want mod cons cos there's none the mobile network doesnt always work and despite the free availability the wifi was off and on. Its a place for relaxing and walking and maybe taking a boat onto Lake Squam. Very little to do though in the evening and the hotel bar closed at around 930 pm every night which was a pity. Food was good in the hotel which is lucky because we couldnt find a decent restaurant in the area. The countryside is beautiful here though and I would like to see it in winter. Friendly owner and staff.

Room Tip: ask for a bedroom with a whirlpool bath/jacuzzi
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rte 3, Holderness, NH 03245
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Holderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Holderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Manor on Golden Pond 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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