My husband and I had the opportunity to take a brief one night away from the kids in November. What a relaxing and romantic stay! The manor itself if simply lovely on the inside, rustic yet elegant with an old world charm. As I saw in some of the other reviews, the grounds and outside of the building could use work. However, we were travelling in the low season between fall foliage and winter snow so there was not really any reason to go outside (plus we were there for romance so did not leave the room much).
The weather outside was nasty and the welcoming fire was a nice touch. The reception desk is a bit awkward being up two stairs and in a side room, though someone did come out right away to assist us.
After having been given a brief tour we were escorted upstairs to our good sized room with all of the amenities we could need. There were even wine glasses and a corkscrew in the room! Keurig coffemaker, several LARGE fluffy towls, warm robes (though clearly they anticipate all guests were a mens extra large....my robe was pretty comical) plenty of wood for the fireplace, etc. There is a decent movie collection, books, and board games galor, all free to borrow. Lovely tea service in the Library from 4-5 which tided us over until our dinner reservation at 7. I must admit my dissapointment that there were no scones and clotted cream at tea as they tout themselves as an English country manor and tea was not served with what it would have been served with in England. That said, the sandwiches and cookies were delicious.
We grabbed a drink in the Three Cocks Pub before dinner. The very lovely waitress who was also our waitress for dinner was quick to assist us. Unfortuantely she did not know how to make the drink I wanted. Nothing bizarre, just a Gimlet. They really could use a bartender on staff. I was able to instruct her on how to make it.
Dinner in the dining room was a veritable feast! Pumpkin soup, mussels, and scallop appetizers, smoked duck and filet mingnon entree's, fabulous bottle of wine. We were too stuffed for dessert so didn't order anything. Dinner for two with wine and tip ran us $200. We are from Boston so used to spending that much on dinner and the meal was clearly gourmet. Just surprised it was that high considering the out of the way location. Based on the price and location, I was not surprised that there were only 3 tables of guests that night and all were guests of the inn. Holderness looks like a very run down town and I'm must not sure if they get much business from the local area.
Back to our room and were welcomed with turndown service and cookies. A roaring fire and restful night sleep to follow. We have a fireplace in our LV at home but what a treat to have a fireplace by the bedside on a raw rainy night.
I must comment on how absolutely spotless the room was. Not a speck of dust or soot anywhere. In the winter months with the heat going and a wood fireplace and all those books - kudos to the housekeeping staff! They even cleaned the bath salts out of the jacuzzi tub when then did our turndown.
Breakfast the next day was again in the fireplaced dining room. We had mentioned twice to the staff that we had no plans for the day and were hoping for a late checkout but were not offered one. I checked the reservation site and our room was not booked so was a little disappointed that they did not pick up on this and offer us to stay a bit longer.
We did not see or meet the innkeepers at all during out stay which is unusual for our experience with small properties such as this.
Overall, the price higher than I would have expected for the off-season. The place must be absolutely lovely in the summer. If I were to come again I'd want a room on the front of the building for a view of the lake. We'd love to come back sometime when we have more than one night and can take in the sights.
- 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