Named Best Luxury Hotel in the UK in Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice ‘Best of the Best’ 2022, Cedar Manor was also second in the Most Romantic Hotel category and third in the Top Small Stay one.

It was also B&B and Guest House of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2022. As the Good Hotel Guide 2022 says of Caroline and Jonathan Kaye’s ‘delightful and intimate’ hotel - tucked into a walled garden on the edge of Windermere town - ‘the praises keep showering down on Cedar Manor.’

Built originally by a vicar in 1854, with distinctive arched windows and a stone exterior, the hotel has ten luxurious bedrooms, defined by their ‘bold contemporary furnishings, colours and design touches’. They all vary in size, character and outlook, with the biggest being the split-level Coach House suite. 

A striking and very welcoming feature of the hotel are the numerous local companies and crafts people who have worked here. They include Wools of Cumbria (Herdwick wool carpets), Lakeland Fells Furniture, Windermere Upholstery, Jo Vincent Glass and Alison Tordoff (Fidget Design).

Tablets or digi-readers in the bedrooms detail the hotel’s environmental policy, those green credentials helping it to become Sustainable Hotel of the Year at the Hotel Cateys 2018. It is also a five star AA Gold Award guest accommodation and has a Green Tourism gold award too. 

‘At the heart of everything we’ve done has been care for the environment, our wonderful Cumbrian landscape,’ says Caroline and Jonathan. They are ‘wonderful hosts,’ quotes the Good Hotel Guide.

A ’splendid’ afternoon tea is served from Thursday to Monday (inclusive) while ‘delicious’ breakfast includes a Cumbrian grill, a vegetarian grill, eggs Benedict, poached smoked haddock and smoked salmon. The perfect start to a day on the fells or a simple stroll into Windermere, a few minutes away.

Cedar Manor, Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1AX: 015394 43192, The hotel has an electric car charging point. It supports the Lake District Foundation, Hospitality Action and the charity Room to Reward.

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