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“A little weird.” 3 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
New Hampshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A little weird.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I was looking for something different, a get-away, A mother and daughter kind of get-away. I think we got the smallest crappiest room they had due to the fact that I got a nice rate from "booking.com". The first room was full of flies and the bathroom fan didn't work. The entrance door practically hit the end of the bed the room was so small. I asked to see another room, I liked it and therefore,was charged an extra 43.00 dollars for it. It was cold, the t.v was right in front of the heater so I had to move it. I started a fire in the fire place and eventually the chill wore off.

I noticed a bit of "snootiness" where it wasn't necessary. Somewhat of a "click" only to the "returning" customers that were treated extra special.

We never ate breakfast there, nor did we eat dinner there. Supposedly, you need a reservation to eat (onsite) and there were not enough seats for all the occupants at the Inn.

I never ever want to stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

It's a bit difficult to write a review on Manor on Golden Pond because it is very good in some ways and not so good in others. On balance it is fine. The staff is friendly and helpful, the meals are very good to good, and the reception area is warm and welcoming as is the dining area (fitting a manor). Our sleeping room was comfortable if a bit worn- we looked at a few other rooms and they seemed about the same. However-- in walking the grounds it is obvious the establishment needs work- painting and some exterior repair is badly needed and giving the landscaping a good going over is also needed. We felt that the property was somewhat overpriced but probably would come back if we elect to stay in the area, given that there are few good alternatives in the immediate environs.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We can't say enough about this gorgeous Inn. We stayed there 4 nights (Oct.16th to Oct.20 2013)


Our stay at the Manor (Oct.16th to Oct. 20, 2013) was delightful in every way.
No detail was overlooked from the warm reception from inn keepers and staff to gorgeous and very comfortable rooms,(the Buckingham and The Avon) to lovely dining rooms,full ,made to order breakfasts, elegant English style pub, inviting common rooms with cherry fires and comfy seating. Our hosts,Brian and Mary Ellen, were relaxed and casual.....very helpful with arranging a Squam lake cruise for us,and giving us info on places to visit while in the area.

Our rooms,beautifully decorated,were spotless,made up every day with fresh luxurious linens,newly laid fire wood, turn downs while we were at dinner and delicious fresh made cookies awaiting our return. We felt totally pampered and the 4 of us would not hesitate to come back again and would highly recommend the manor to friends and family.
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Room Tip: Our rooms were large and very comfortable. My husband and I stayed in the Buckingham......loved it...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

For the price of the room we had (The Wellington) I don't feel it was worth the money. We paid extra for the Jacuzzi but had no view as this was a back of the property view.
The linens, towels, and l'occitane bath products were a nice touch.
It would be nice if they could upgrade the Tv's, in our room we had an old box with built in VHS!
Dinner was really good. We had the oysters, chicken, duck and chocolate Creme Brûlée, each dish was delicious, our waitress friendly and there was not a long wait for our meal.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to the Manor but our first for ten years so maybe our expectations would be too high? No worries on that score, there was a comforting familiarity backed up with an easy going but professional style from Brian and Mary Ellen. We stayed in a fireplace room which was luxurious, cosy, roomy and had everything needed - absolutely had to enjoy a sit by the log fire even though the weather was far from cold.
We ate in both the fine dining restaurant and the bistro. On both counts the food was excellent, the fine dining a la carte menu in particular. We found the service friendly and attentive. Only criticism we had is that the bistro could do with a bit of a makeover to lift the décor and atmosphere.
You also need to consider the spirit of this place in the context of it's location, and both complement each other - we would have no hesitation to return

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Santa Barbara, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

We can't believe the nerve these people have to charge what they did, $400 per night including taxes. The room smelled and looked like grandma's abode, musty and overly heated, even with the heat off. Chipped toilet seat included! The people were very nice and hospitable, the food was good, but give me a break! The property is neglected, the structures need a coat of paint, how about sweeping up the walkways which were covered in leaves. With a price tag such as this we would expect a property which was well maintained, not neglected. This is not a four star property by any stretch of the imagination. They try for it in service in the restaurant with white cloths, and politeness. The property is over priced, and the on line photos are not accurate.

Stayed October 2013
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Asbury, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We arrived at The Manor around 5:30 after our boat tour of the lake.
The view of the lake is nice but not great. We then went to check in. A wonderful young man greeted us and instantly addressed us by name as if he knew us. He gave us a very thorough rundown of the Inn and showed us to the Stratford room.
It was a nice cozy room with a deck facing the lake. The fireplace was nice and usable and we did use it. This helped create a nice romantic evening.
We first headed to the Three Cocks Pub. It was very nice and comfortable. From the pub we were called to dinner in the Van Horn Dining room. We found it to be quite elegant. Nicely decorated and a cozy fire. The service was excellent. Timing between courses was perfect. Our waitress “Julie” did an outstanding job in both service and making us feel right at home. Thanks Julie!
We shared the “Mushroom Risotto” appetizer. Excellent! Roberta had the Chicken Breast and I opted for the “Manor Tournedos”. Both were also excellent.
After a wonderful night falling asleep to the fire we got up to make coffee. What a great idea to have a “Keurig” coffee maker. No more floundering with coffee bags, trying to measure water and then waiting for it to brew.
We went back to the Van Horn for breakfast. Breakfast was nothing fancy but good and hearty. Omelets were nice size and tasty.
We would definitely come back and stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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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