Monday, 28 July 2014

The Creative Team at Cedar Manor

Meet our creative backroom team

Our guests meet the staff here, the great team who work with me and Caroline – the chef, the waiters, even our fantastic gardener/landscaper and general assistant Kate.
But there’s a behind the scenes team you won’t have met so far, the amazing design and creative people who have helped us create the best small hotel in Cumbria. So we brought them all together for a little celebration, and would like to introduce them to you.
With Caroline and me, there’s Alison Tordoff. She runs Fidget Design in Windermere and she has helped us win international design awards. She came up with the schemes for our incredible interiors, like the Coach House suite, and our new Welcome Lounge. Yes, she designed that “bookends” wallpaper, and the centrepiece chandelier.
And here’s Jo Vincent, based in Kendal, the glass artist who actually made that stunning chandelier from recycled bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin. That’s now catching international attention and is about to be featured in a new lighting magazine.
The furniture craftsman is Andrew Smith, who came straight from the workshop and hid his tape measure in his pocket before this photo was taken. He runs Lakeland Fells Furniture in Windermere, and everything he has made for us has been done to our very demanding specifications – and always to perfection.

We think we are very lucky indeed to have such a talented team locally, so raise your glasses with us to toast them. Cheers!

Picture - Alison Tordoff, Jonathan, Jo Vincent, Caroline, Andy Smith

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cedar Manor Hotel Ltd: Afternoon Tea on a Dreamy Summer's Day

Cedar Manor Hotel Ltd: Afternoon Tea on a Dreamy Summer's Day: Afternoon tea on the patio What a glorious summer this is! Our guests have been having a lazy, hazy time, drinking cocktails or pro...

Afternoon Tea on a Dreamy Summer's Day

Afternoon tea on the patio

What a glorious summer this is! Our guests have been having a lazy, hazy time, drinking cocktails or prosecco on the new patio. This afternoon we served afternoon tea (see photo) to a delightful couple from Essex who called in during a break from a classic car rally. We’ve also had visitors who go walking, running, swimming, playing golf, or doing absolutely nothing. It is, said one of our happy guests, a very enjoyable place to sit around and chill out. Except that there’s nothing chilly about the Lakes this summer. If you’ve not booked a holiday yet, the forecast continues to look very good indeed.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Cumbria Tourism Awards - Best Small Hotel

We are thrilled to announce that we are now officially the best small hotel in Cumbria. Cedar Manor won the title at the Cumbria Tourism awards ceremony in Kendal attended by representatives from all accommodation providers and tourist attractions.
The judges were looking for a hotel that could “demonstrate impeccable standards of accommodation and service”. Tick. They wanted to see that “customer care will be of paramount importance”. Tick. They wanted to see investment in staff training, the impact of the business on the environment, and links with the local community. Tick.
They clearly loved the style of our hotel, designed by the award-winning Alison Tordoff from Fidget Designs, and the high quality furniture made specially for us by Lakeland Fells Furniture in Windermere. The judges “mystery guests” must have enjoyed the meals in our exciting restaurant. And they were impressed by all the comments from our lovely guests whose kind words are keeping us at the top of the Trip Advisor charts.
But there will be no resting on our laurels. We now go forward to represent Cumbria in the North-West and then national awards, and we want to keep on developing Cedar Manor as the welcoming hotel that so many of you are appreciating.
Here’s our trophy, presented by Haydn Spedding from the sponsors of this award, Colliers International, the commercial real estate experts.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The Winning Ticket

It’s great to have a night away from it all at a lovely hotel like ours, and we’ll soon be welcoming June Ormerod. She won first prize in our charity raffle. But she won’t have to travel far. In fact, June lives right here in Windermere!
She picked the winning ticket at our afternoon tea party to help raise funds for Lupus UK, the charity which is researching the causes of – and trying to find cures for – this rare and unpleasant condition.
Our guests at the tea party, and another at Windermere school, raised well over £1600 and we are very grateful to them all.
The second prize-winner is Jacqui Douglas, one of the mothers from the Windermere Prep School, who will soon be tucking into a box of local homemade chocolates from Shap. Our congratulations to you both.

Monday, 12 May 2014

 Keep on Running...

If you notice Caroline setting off for a training run while you are staying with us, it’s for a very good cause.
She’s got a place in this September’s Great North Run and, having started running only two years ago, is now fund-raising for the charity Lupus UK. She’s being assisted by parents and friends of Windermere Prep School who are holding a charity coffee morning for the same cause.
Lupus is a rare and complex condition which attacks the body’s immune system, and Caroline’s 21 year old daughter Natalie is a sufferer. She was diagnosed when she was 15, but it had taken two years to identify from when she first showed symptoms.
Natalie is a beauty advisor and make-up artist for Estee Lauder at Selfridges in London. Her younger sister Elizabeth, 8, sometimes seen helping around the hotel, is playing her part by helping Caroline’s training efforts – she goes alongside on her bicycle when mum goes for a run.
Caroline started running after joining a “boot camp” at Windermere School. As a Londoner who fell in love with the Lakes, she now loves training in our fantastic landscape.
Caroline can be sponsored at

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Backgammon in the Lakes..

27th April 2014

We were thrilled to host the first ever Lake District Backgammon championship here at Cedar Manor.
It was an exciting day, and we welcomed players from all over the UK, including the current British Open champion. But it was Graeme Turner from Newcastle who took the honours, beating Edinburgh’s Ian Hesketh in a thrilling final. Graham won £100 and a weekend’s stay here at the Cedar Manor.
Our hotel proved to be a really good venue, and after serving lunch to the competitors, we kept them topped up with coffee throughout the afternoon.
It’s going to be an annual event. Better still, there was a lot of local interest in starting a Lakes backgammon club. That’s what we want to see, people playing the game in cafes and bars and hotels across the region.
Watch this space – we will keep you up to date with the latest news.