Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Fayre at Cedar Manor

Father Christmas in his Yurt with Caroline

Our hotel and grounds were transformed for a day when we held a Christmas fair to raise money for Lupus UK. It was a glorious warm and sunny day, we had LOTS of visitors, and some wonderful stalls selling art and crafts.

Among these were Andrew Smith’s wooden toys from Lakeland Fells Furniture, artist Thuline de Cock who did a very popular painting demonstration, Bespoke Aroma products, Alison Tordoff’s Love District fabrics, home-made jams, chutneys and mince pies, and the jewellery and crafts from our regular Welcome Lounge exhibitors.

Father Christmas had his grotto in a mobile yurt on the lawn (thank you, Hamish) and was assisted by Elizabeth, and Richard Tordoff played some lovely acoustic guitar music.

A visiting couple from Norwich, who were married the day before and spending their honeymoon with us, made the winning bid for Thuline’s painting of a cow that she did during the demonstration. We made around £1500 (so far) and of course Caroline is now training for the London Marathon to add to the Lupus fund.

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Thuline with the winning bidder 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas Fair at Cedar Manor Hotel

Art and jewellery at Windermere’s classy Christmas shopping venue

Windermere’s art, jewellery and gifts Christmas shopping experience starts this weekend at the Cedar Manor hotel.
A range of exclusive items all made by local designers will be on sale at the hotel throughout November.
The latest local artist to reach their shelves is Kendal-based Thuline de Cock whose striking horse, dog and cow images are on a new range of china mugs.
And a Christmas fair with a difference will be staged at the end of the month, with a most unusual Father Christmas grotto. Santa will be welcoming visitors and handing out presents in a seasonally decorated yurt in the hotel grounds.
The shopping experience is the idea of owners Caroline and Jonathan Kaye who have a small selection of jewellery, crafts and other locally produced items for sale in their welcome lounge all year round.
“Christmas shopping has become an ordeal,” said Jonathan. “In towns and cities the shops are bombarding customers with seasonal items earlier and earlier. There’s no sense of festivity any more, and going to big shopping outlets nearer Christmas can be a nightmare.
“We have some wonderful local designers who make jewellery, fine art, skin-care products, exclusive jams and chutneys, chocolates and wooden toys. Their work will be available here, without any of the crowds or the traffic jams of most shopping trips.”
The Christmas Fair, on Saturday November 29, will raise money for the charity Lupus UK which Caroline Kaye has been supporting this year. She took part in the Great North Run and has organised other events, and has raised more than £3000 so far. Next year she is running the London Marathon for the charity.
The fair, from 11.30am till 4pm, will feature afternoon teas and home-made mince pies as well as the Christmas grotto. It’s hope that a mystery celebrity guest will perform the official opening ceremony..
Throughout November, the hotel’s “shop” will be open till late each evening.  Said Jonathan:  “We know there are people who panic because it’s their wife or girlfriend’s birthday the next day and they’ve forgotten!  They are realising now that they can come here even at 9 at night and find a lovely present.
“It is also a great way for us to showcase the fantastic design talent that we have in this area.”

Thursday, 18 September 2014


We’re in the finals of two more hotel awards
We had just finished popping the champagne corks to celebrate our award as the Best Small Hotel in Cumbria when news came in that we have a chance of some more gongs.
Thanks to you, our lovely visitors, we were nominated for the Lancashire Life “Lakeland Hotel of the Year” title, and we have reached the final three. The winner will be announced at yet another glittering award ceremony, at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel, next month.
Next came word that we are also in the running for the best independent hotel in the Hilden Style Awards. The judges – experts from experts from Trivago , the world’s largest hotel search and information website , Boutique Hotelier, the news, trends and analysis company for the UK boutique hotelier industry, global textiles specialists Vision, and DeskCentre, the interior designers and furniture specialists - told us: “Your establishment is bursting with style and deserves recognition.”
This is another tribute to our fantastic local design and creative team, designer Alison Tordoff from Fidget, Andrew Smith of Lakeland Fells Furniture, glass artist Jo Vincent, Windermere based Nutz About Decorating, and Windermere Upholstery.

And we’re especially pleased with the Lakeland Hotel nomination because that came from our guests. We know you’re always smiling when you stay here, and we’d like to say a big thank you for putting our hotel forward.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Caroline's Great North Run

A great north run for Caroline
Caroline is celebrating – and resting – this week after taking part in the Great North Run.
She finished the race, her first half marathon, in two hours 21 minutes, just one minute more than her scheduled time. A brilliant effort in hot weather.
It was her dream to run a half marathon before she’s 50, and her next goal is the London Marathon. She’s got a place already, and the training for that will be starting as soon as her legs recover.
Caroline, who started running only two years ago, is fund-raising for the charity Lupus UK. 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,” said Caroline.
“That’s not unusual as the condition is very difficult to identify. We are helping the charity in their attempts to research the causes, and possible treatments, for Lupus.”
Natalie is a beauty advisor and make-up artist for Estee Lauder at Selfridges in London. Younger sister Elizabeth, 7, a pupil at Windermere Prep School, is playing her part by helping Caroline’s training efforts – she goes alongside on her bicycle when mum goes for a run. And the school have helped the fund-raising effort with a charity coffee morning for the cause. There’s also been a fund-raising tea party here at the hotel.
Caroline started running after joining a “boot camp” at Windermere School, run by Helen Westmorland who is now her personal trainer. “As a Londoner who fell in love with the Lakes, I loved training in this landscape. We’d run with Helen for a while, then she would stop for a stretching session, and she would say: stretch towards the fells, stretch away from the fells. You don’t get that experience in London.”

There’s still time to help by sponsoring Caroline at

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...