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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor is a 24 room country Inn with each room unique. Booking direct allows you to select the room that you most like. Each room has TV, free long distant phone service on continental USA, luxury robes, free wifi, frette linens, turndown service, comfortable sitting areas. The Van Horn dining room offers exceptional cuisine in a relaxed but elegant atmosphere. Seasons Sap offers a full array of spa treatments. All rates include a full country breakfast and afternoon tea. Minimum age of guest is 12 years of age. Leave your pets at home. ... more less
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