One of the Lake District’s hidden gem hotels has just won another award.
The Cedar Manor, tucked into a quiet corner a few minutes’ walk from Windermere village, and with views of the mountains across the lake, has been judged Best Small Hotel in Cumbria.
Small, but perfectly formed: just ten bedrooms, but every one individually designed, in a country-house-meets-boutique setting. There’s a detached coach-house suite as well, a two-storey retreat of luxurious proportions, with a dining room, mini conference facilities, a stunning twin-spa bathroom and carpets made from a blend of wool from Herdwick and Swaledale sheep.
The hotel was judged best international hotel interior a couple of years ago, but further improvements since then have taken the design concept to another level. The new welcome lounge, for example, with its bespoke “bookend” wallpaper, features a chandelier made from recycled Bombay Sapphire gin bottles. In the gardens, a new patio has been created in the shade of the signature cedar tree.
Hoteliers Jonathan and Caroline Kaye work with local designer Alison Tordoff, and local craftsman Andrew Smith, of Lakeland Fells Furniture, to create their classic look. But the award judges were also impressed by the restaurant – open to non-residents – where legendary chef Roger Pergl Wilson creates distinctive dishes using local produce. Starters like Curthwaite goat’s cheese and red pepper mousse with red wine and shallot vinegar dressing and ciabatta bread, for example, or mains such as lamb rump in a herb and pine nut crust with Dijon mustard, tarragon gnocci and vegetables.
Jonathan and Caroline were thrilled with the latest award, but there will be no basking in glory. “We have set a very high standard here, but we want to keep on developing the hotel,” said Jonathan. “But we are thrilled to learn that the judges loved our place as much as our visitors do.”