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Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here as a base to do some walking in the south lakes. What a perfect spot! Very comfortable room (Coniston) with a view of the lake. The food both for breakfast and dinner was superb, with a good choice. Owners extremely welcoming and very knowledgeable about walks. We will definitely be back.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Thank you for such a lovely review of your recent holiday in the Lakes. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your room (and what a great view!) and dinners/breakfasts. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the not too distant future.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We are in our late 60s, originally from the North of England but have lived all of our married lives in the South. We wanted a few days in the Lake District after spending time with family in Merseyside, and we couldn't have chosen a better hotel for our stay. It is extremely comfortable, beautifully appointed and offers warm hospitality. We were in a ground floor room in the main building which had everything we needed, a comfortable bed, a luxurious bathroom, plenty of room for all our stuff, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and an excellent TV plus DAB radio and iPhone docking point. The dining room and lounge/bar area are very pleasing - it was very quiet when we were there but there was discrete and appropriate music playing, good service was always available at the press of a bell, and we felt very relaxed and warmly welcomed by Caroline, Jonathan and the two waitresses we met. The breakfasts and dinners are of the highest standard without being pretentious (and there is too much pretentiousness around these days for our taste). Moreover, it is excellent value for money. All in all we have no hesitation in recommending Cedar Manor unreservedly

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Thank you very much for reviewing your recent break at Cedar Manor. We are delighted to read your comments and to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay; room, food and service.
We hope to welcome you back in the New Year, keep an eye on our website for some fantastic special offers coming up in January and February.
Thank you again for taking the time to review.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

My partner and I when previously staying in The Lakes had only ever had dinner at Cedar Manor and enjoyed it so much we decided to stay there this time.
We stayed for 3 nights, Caroline and Jonathan made us feel so welcome. The room was very spacious, very well decorated and of very high quality, even down to the staff putting fresh milk in the fridge on a daily basis.
Bar area used for pre dinner drinks is lovely and cosy, with Jonathan serving the drinks and was also very enthusiastic in finding what his guests had been up to that day as well as being very knowledgeable about his wines too.. The menu was very good indeed and also delivered taste wise as well, we certainly didn't struggle with the choices. What we did like was that Caroline and Jonathan are investing in the local community, not only with the produce they are sourcing locally (which you could tell by the quality) but also the furnishings too.
It is a very personal service at Cedar Manor and we have recommended our friends to stay there too

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent break at Cedar Manor. It was lovely to be able to welcome you both back as hotel guests this time. Very pleased with your feedback and we look forward to welcoming your friends and of course, yourselves back again in the future.
Please have a look at our website, link is at the top of this Trip Advisor listing, you can find a newsletter to sign up too and we send out some very special offers for booking directly.
Thank you again for such a lovely review.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed at the hotel in September (for 3 nights) while on a driving holiday in Britain. Parking was free and off street.

The hotel was set on the main road into the township of Windermere (within easy walking distance to the town and the lake) in an attractive setting.

Our room was large and very comfortable with a large bed, lots of extra seating and a good bathroom. One thing that we noticed throughout our travel in the UK was the use of a doona only - no top sheet which if the weather is warm can be too much but without a covering - not enough - so we requested an extra sheet each time we encountered this and our request was met on all occasions without difficulty. Also not all venues are air conditioned - so an open window is often the only option.

While our room was on the ground floor (in the wing off from the bar) and the hotel was quiet, I was woken on a couple of occasions by the guests ( in the room next door) coughing - not loud but enough. Traffic noise was not an issue - despite the open window.

We dined in the restaurant on our first night. This was an interesting event as guests are asked to wait in the lounge room where orders are taken and after about 1/2 hr are then invited into the dining room - this occurred no matter what time you were dining. The meal was pleasant, though a little pricey.

An easy walk into the township - there are any number of cafes, bistros and restaurants as well as lots of shops and hotels. Also at the rear of the property there is a public footpath which leads walkers along a pretty, green walkway beside a small waterfall down toward the lake (well worth the walk).

Located in Windermere we were able to travel easily throughout the Lake distract visiting many of the sites. We visited Beatrix Potters "Hill Farm" which was just fabulous! (Allow a bit of time though as they restrict the number entering the house (which is good) by allocating certain entry times. Parking was on site but again you may have to wait for a spot - its is well managed. There are a couple of places where you can eat or drink while waiting ). We would suggest that given the shortage of literature (in the Windermere info centre) on what to see and do while driving - you research this prior to travelling eg the AA driving tours of England.

In all our stay was a very pleasant one. Windermere was a lovely town in which to stay for the 3 nights. The staff were friendly and helpful and were happy to assist us with anything we required. We would have no hesitation recommending the hotel if staying in Windermere.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay at Cedar Manor and indeed review your visit to Windermere and the Lakes.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Cedar Manor and as you say, we are always on hand to help our guests. The climate in the Lakes is generally cool but this year was exceptional and we had a warm summer - its no problem if you like an extra sheet, you can even request this at the time of booking so its all done when you arrive.
Thank you for trying the restaurant, we serve dinner a leisurely pace to give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the dining experience that we offer. We could take you straight to the table but you would then have to wait around 20-30 minutes for the service to begin, this is because we are using fresh, seasonal produce with very little cooked prior to you ordering. It takes this time for the chef to prepare your dinner and get the "ball rolling".
We are launching a more casual dining menu next year that can be taken in one of our lounges or as room service, which gives you a choice from the more formal (but relaxed) dining in the restaurant.
Really pleased that you enjoyed the area, Windermere and the Lake District is a brilliant place to visit - with the cultural attractions and then of course the mountains and lakes.
We hope to see you on your next visit to the Lakes.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Weekend in Windermere made even better by our stay at the Cedar Manor. Location is excellent for a wander into Windermere. Rooms were tastefully decorated and had everything we needed including a fridge. Bathroom modern, clean and had both a shower and a bath. The lounge for pre/post dinner drinks was cosy and both dinner and breakfast were fantastic. This is a traditional building which is very well maintained and adds lots of character. Grounds were lovely too. This place knocks socks off your average BandB or large hotel chain. Just perfect.

Excellent hospitality and a great stay. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent break at Cedar Manor. We are very pleased to read your comments and hear that you had a great stay.
We hope to welcome you back again in the not too distant future for another break with us in the Lakes.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

As a gift for my partner I booked a two night stay at the Cedar Manor for our anniversary and it was brilliant.
The grounds are beautifully maintained and the great first impression doesn't stop there. All of the public areas are well kept inside the hotel. Check-in was smooth, friendly and efficient and Jonathan showed us to our room (Orrest Head). He explained where to find everything in the room and left us to it.
The room was beautifully decorated and spotless! Just about anything you could need whilst away from home was in this room. A good selection of different teas (locally sourced rather than most hotels bog-standard tetley), ground coffee for a cafetiere, hot chocolate and a couple of pods for an espresso maker. The sitting room had a large and very comfortable sofa, tv, large coffee table and a built in wardrobe. The bathroom was beautiful. A separate shower cubicle and an air bath. Wonderfully soft towels on a radiator and a large range of complimentary products in the bathroom. Then we have the most important part of the room: the bedroom. A very large bed and well made bed (we couldn't decide whether it was a king-size or a super-king). The bedroom had an iPod player/alarm clock, a television, a small and full-sized mirror as well as lots of storage space in drawers and cupboards. On further investigation I also found a sewing kit and a shoe-shine box. The room was always warm even though on both evenings it was freezing outside. The only thing we could've tried to find wrong was the view. It was round the back of the hotel but it didn't matter one little bit to us. The room was worth every penny.
Cedar Manor is in a great location which makes it very easy to leave the car behind so we ventured out for awhile on foot before returning to have dinner that we had pre-booked. The lounge is gorgeous! The bar has plenty of drinks to choose from and an extensive wine list. Jonathan and Caroline were putting on a small firework display for some children which we watched from the bar window. After ordering for dinner we were taken through to a candle lit restaurant. "Margaret R" below seems to have some gripe with romantic candle-lit restaurants but I thought it was beautiful. There was a friendly Spanish lady serving us in the restaurant who was fantastic the whole time. Starters and desserts were absolutely amazing. I would've quite happily eaten the Dark Chocolate Mille Fuille again and again. It pains me to criticise this place but main course was a little bit of a let down. We both had the steak which came with a different sauce than on the menu that Jonathan had informed us of whilst we were ordering. In theory the sauce had sounded nice but it became overpowering after a little while. Apart from the sauce everything was wonderful. We could even see fireworks coming from a neighbouring building through the restaurant window which was great.
We had breakfast on both mornings and it was great. The waitress was friendly and there was a large range of items to choose from. After we had gone out for the day and returned our room had been serviced with no detail missed.
Sadly we inevitably had to leave. Jonathan was friendly and everything on departure was just as smooth as check in. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to return back soon as this hotel is absolutely fantastic.
Thank you to Jonathan, Caroline and the rest of the staff for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent break at Cedar Manor. And also for posting such a great image of the hotel. We are delighted that you had a great stay and really hope that you can "escape" your busy lives and come back soon.
Thank you again for such a great review.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

My better half and I booked the Cedar Manor on the basis of the reviews we read here, and boy, were they spot on. We stayed from 25th October to 27th October and despite the inclement weather we weren't disappointed.

We enjoyed a perfect weekend get away from start to finish. We were greeted by Jonathan outside as he spoke to the gardener who was mowing a perfect green lawn. He then showed us to our room, which was immaculate in every way. In fact it was immediately obvious the whole hotel was immaculate.

Every request was sorted quickly and without hassle and the bar area was as chilled as you get. A couple of bottles of Pinot went down very well. We didn't eat evening meal there, but were assured by others it was top class, but I can say without hesitation that the cooked breakfast is one of the best I've ever had - all freshly cooked all well sourced.

Thanks Jonathan, Caroline and family for a perfect weekend, we will be back and will recommend you to others.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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CedarManor, Owner at Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay at Cedar Manor. We are really pleased that you found the hotel to be "chilled" and had a relaxing stay. Something we hope everyone has.
Next time we hope to tempt you in to the restaurant for dinner!
We look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.
Best wishes
Caroline and Jonathan

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Address: Hotel and Restaurant Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1AX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Windermere
#1 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
#6 Business Hotel in Windermere
Price Range: $198 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant is located on the outskirts of Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. Built in 1854 as a private country house retreat, the hotel now provides luxurious accommodation and a fantastic restaurant featuring the best local produce, with a seasonally changing menu. An ideal base for those wishing to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, wonderful walks and wealth of leisure facilities Windermere and the Lake District National Park have to offer. Set in mature walled gardens dominated by the ancient cedar tree, the hotel feels peaceful and secluded, yet is just a short stroll away from the shores of Lake Windermere and the centre of Windermere village. ... more   less 
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