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...

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.