This beautiful hotel in Holderness, NH, is located on Squam Lake where the movie, "On Golden Pond" was filmed. We've stayed there in October (leaves) and January (snow) and would heartily recommend The Manor to anyone, anytime! The owners, Brian and Mary Ellen, are excellent hosts and have obviously chosen staff members who share their penchant for hospitality and comfort. They will become your new benchmark for service and satisfaction.
A scrumptious hot breakfast is included, and every room features a wood-burning fireplace so comfy and easy to operate you'll want to keep it "cranked up" in front of the wingback chairs continually. The rooms are large with great views of Squam Lake and the surrounding hills. For winter visits, the second floor views of the frozen lake and snow-covered terrain are spectacular. All rooms are spacious, absolutely spotless with every amenity you could wish with beds and seating areas so comfortable it is amazing.
The Manor offers four-star dining facilities; and the chef, Peter, prepares dishes so unique in taste and presentation you may not want to dine anywhere else during your stay. Have a tray of chocolate covered strawberries Peter prepares so beautifully delivered to your room. $25, but so special you'll do it again, we guarantee. Holderness has a couple of restaurants and Ashland and Plymouth have everything from fast food to ethnic specialities.
You could spend your entire stay in the lobby/living room and den or your room (it's that interesting and comfortable), but you'll want to get out and visit nearby Ashland and Plymouth. The Country Store in Ashland is filled with items so varied it's an attraction in itself, and across the street is Wholly Tara's, the most irresistible and well managed women's apparel shop we have ever seen...... anywhere. It reflects the taste and personality of the owner, Tara (hence the name), who knows more about her suppliers and taste than one person should be allowed to possess! She'll make your day brighter, no doubt!
In warmer months, guided pontoon tours of the lake, includes dockside approach to the home where On Golden Pond was filmed. The marina featured in one scene of the movie is located right in Holderness. Take the scenic drive that loops the entire shoreline of Squam Lake and visit the Loon Center, a museum dedicated to this special visitor to Squam that is so much a part of their heritage.
We're from the south, where hospitality is legendary; but everyone we met at the Manor or in Ashland and Plymouth were unmatched in their warmth toward visitors. If you're traveling by commercial air, fly into Manchester; and the exit to Ashland and Holderness is about an hour north on the interstate. One note of warning regarding the airport: The rental car area is a good hike from baggage reclaim, all indoors, but about 1/4 mile with two escalators or elevators involved. For older persons, ask your airline or rental car company for assistance. And for goodness sake, don't pull the car up at the passenger arrival area and leave it unoccupied, even for one minute! They'll ticket you! On our return, a Southwest skycap met us at the car return and walked us all the way through check-in, straight through the security check (no waiting) and to our gate! It's a must for anyone who has difficulty walking and handling luggage.
This area of New Hampshire is so warm (even in snow) that a couple of dyed-in-the-wool Tide fans from Alabama can go there and feel perfectly comfortable and at home. You will, too.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Manor On Golden Pond Hotel Holderness