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Designer Alison heads for awards

Top designer Alison Tordoff has reached the finals of a major business award scheme.

Alison, who runs Windermere-based Fidget Design, is in the line-up for the Enterprise Vision Awards which recognise women in business from across the North West.


Recognised as dynamic and inspiring interior architect, Alison set up Fidget Design in 1997, and has earned a reputation as one of the most creative and innovative designers in the UK. She has worked on a wide variety of prestigious projects with top brands including Jaguar, Aston Martin, The Samling, Langdale Leisure Club and award winning Serenity Spa at Seaham.

Her designs for the Cedar Manor Hotel won Best International Hotel interior at the Bloomberg Hotel Awards. She has since created a distinctive Welcome Lounge at the hotel which helped them win a string of regional, national and international awards.

She pioneered a new range, The Love District, home furnishings based on the landscape, history and traditions of the Lake District, including cushions embroidered with the outlines of the fells, and a Lakeland bookends wallpaper.

Alison has recently been working with universities and design organisations and publishes a regular and highly regarded blog about design issues. And she is involved in a major Cumbria-based interactive project involving artificial intelligence, robotics and human machine learning.

Alison said: “This is a great honour. The North West is packed with amazing women running businesses in many different fields, and it is wonderful to be listed among them.”


Windermere hotel strikes gold again

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Windermere’s Cedar Manor hotel and restaurant has again been awarded the gold award, the highest standard, by the Green Tourism scheme.

The award is proof that the hotel’s commitment to the best environmental practice is at the heart of its business.

A Green Tourism award shows that a business has been independently assessed and certified, so that visitors can choose the greenest option with confidence.

With over 2,000 members in the UK, Ireland and Canada, it is the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world. Green Tourism offers credible, trustworthy, independent guidance to tourism businesses wishing to operate sustainably.

The latest award follows the Cedar Manor’s success this summer in winning the Small Considerate Hotel National and International title, the top accolade for sustainable practice and care for the environment.

Owner Jonathan Kaye said that the Gold award demanded very high standards of good practice and evidence that the business was committed to continual environmental improvement. They also have to ensure that all staff are trained in the environmental programme.

“We are very pleased to be recognised again,” said Jonathan. “We are determined to prove that a luxury hotel can be run on sustainable principles. We maintain a respect for natural resources through conservation and material reuse and recovery, and use recyclable packaging and other materials wherever possible.

“We ensure the responsible use of energy throughout the business including energy conservation and energy efficiency, and buy environmentally friendly produce and products. It is something that we know our guests appreciate.”

At the recent Considerate Hotels award ceremony in London, the guest speaker, the  TV presenter and nature documentary film-maker, Simon King OBE, said that the hotel industry was one which was taking seriously threat to the planet.

He said that top hotels had the power to be opinion-formers and role models. “You hold the flag,” he said. And he warned: “We need to pay extra for our food; because cheap is costing us the earth.”

The Cedar Manor hotel also holds the Cumbria Business Environment gold award. Jonathan is also a Trustee of Nurture Lakeland, which inspires people to care for and contribute to the natural environment of the Lake District through a visitor giving scheme.




Breaking the charity records at London marathon

caroline ready for london

Windermere runner Caroline Kaye looks set to be a record-breaker at the London Marathon  on Sunday.

Caroline, co-owner of the Cedar Manor Hotel, will be breaking some fund-raising targets when she runs the race, her very first marathon.

Her efforts at London and in last autumn’s Great North Run have already netted more than £6,000 for the charity Lupus UK.

Caroline raised £2,761 at the half marathon distance last year, when the sponsorship set by the charity was just £300. Her tally was the highest in the UK for Lupus UK, and she is now in the top five nationwide among all charity fundraisers using the Just Giving online scheme, heading to more than double that total.

Friends, family and hotel guests have been supporting her efforts, and buying raffle tickets; the winning ticket will be picked when Caroline crosses the finishing line on April 26.

“I wanted to do a marathon before my 50th birthday, and I’ll manage it by just a couple of weeks,” she said. “My daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 15, six years ago.  I hadn’t heard about the condition and it’s still little known.  Lupus is an incurable disease whereby the immune system attacks the body, and its organs; the skin, blood, brain, heart lungs are affected and it manifests itself in different ways.

“Natalie is a sufferer but appears normal and has a “normal” life, with what we call flare-ups, when the disease attacks her.  She has a special doctor who looks after her at St Thomas’s Hospital London. So it’s really important to me to help Lupus UK research causes and possible cures.”

Janine Hirsch, Fundraising Manager for Lupus UK said: “When Caroline ran for Lupus UK in the Great North Run, the sponsorship set was £300 so to raise nearly £3,000 is absolutely fantastic.   Caroline is now undertaking the world’s most prestigious event, the Virgin London Marathon and we wish her the very best of luck.  Lupus UK can only continue our work if people like Caroline take part in these events and raise the wonderful sponsorship that she has done.  We thank her so much Caroline for her fantastic support of our work.”

Individual runners in last year’s London Marathon set yet another record figure for charity fundraising for good causes by generating £53.2 million. The average amount raised by every London Marathon Golden Bond charity runner was £2,407. It was the eighth consecutive year that London Marathon entrants broke the Guinness World Record for the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event worldwide.

The total raised for hundreds of charitable causes since the race began in 1981 is more than £716 million.

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Cedar Manor heading for national awards ceremony

Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant has reached the finals of the “small hotel” category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

As a finalist, the hotel, run by Jonathan and Caroline Kaye, now goes forward to the glittering awards ceremony which is being held on Monday 11 May at the Sage, Gateshead.

The VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications. Cedar Manor will have to wait until the ceremony to find out which award they will receive.  All finalists are guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

The Cedar Manor is currently the holder of the Cumbria Tourism “best small hotel” title. They were also highly commended last year in the nationwide Hilden style awards, and the Lancashire Life “Lakeland hotel of the year” awards. The hotel has AA three-star accreditation with 86% quality rating.

Among other commendations, the Cedar Manor was awarded AA rosette culinary excellence for 2014-15, the latest Cumbria Business Environment Network gold award, and luxury hotel approval from Conde Nast/Johansens, the leading reference guide for independent travellers.  It has also been the top rated hotel in Windermere on TripAdvisor for more than a year.

A country house hotel with a boutique style, the Cedar Manor is personally managed by Jonathan and Caroline who have won plaudits for their customer service. There are ten bedrooms including a detached coach-house suite with its own dining room, mini conference facilities, a twin-spa bathroom and carpets made from a blend of wool from Herdwick and Swaledale sheep.

They have worked with local designers and craftsmen to create a distinctive interior style, and recently created a welcome lounge to replace a check-in desk, and a patio under the shade of their signature Cedar tree. The Cedar Manor was judged best international hotel interior a couple of years ago on the strength of designer Alison Tordoff’s décor plans. She recently created a“faux-library” wallpaper with whimsical Lake District titles on the “shelves” for the welcome lounge.

The restaurant, which is open to non-residents, is led by head chef Roger Pergl- Wilson who creates distinctive dishes using local produce.

James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: “It’s been another successful year for our Excellence Awards as we’ve received hundreds of applications of an extremely high standard. That’s why all the finalists should be incredibly proud that they’ve been short-listed against such tough competition. I’d like to congratulate all the finalists who now represent the top five in their category in England and wish them all the very best of luck on Awards night at the Sage Centre in Gateshead – a spectacular venue to celebrate the industry’s best.”

Jonathan Kaye said: “We are really thrilled to know that we are already among the top  hotels in England. We have set a very high standard here and it is good see recognition of all that we and our staff have achieved.”

Lake District has new backgammon champion

The new Lake District backgammon champion is Edinburgh-based science researcher Samantha Wilkinson.

She took the title after a thrilling final against financier Barry Teece, also from Edinburgh, at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel. Last year’s winner Graeme Turner from Newcastle was knocked out in the first round by Grasmere Gingerbread owner Andrew Hunter. Andrew’s 11 year old son Monty, playing in his first big tournament, was defeated by Ambleside chef Robert Shaw.

The only other woman in the contest, 17 year old Dallam school student Kate Watton, was beaten by finalist Barry Teece in the first round.

Sixteen players from across the UK took part in the competition, part of the British Isles Backgammon Association Backgammon Tour and Grand Prix, which is organised by the Cedar Manor’s owner Jonathan Kaye. Champion Samantha won a two night stay at the hotel and a cash prize.

Jonathan Kaye, who runs a regular backgammon club at the hotel, said: “It was a terrific day with some really thrilling games. It proves that backgammon is growing in popularity. We’d like to see it played in cafes and bars across the Lakes, as happens elsewhere in Europe.” ends

The Love District: the new way to love the Lakes

Valentine’s weekend sees the launch of a new designer range for home decor for those who love the Lake District.

The Love District is a new label from award-winning Fidget Design in Windermere which celebrates the history, culture and landscape of the Cumbrian fells and lakes.

It includes a distinctive “Lakeland bookends” wallpaper, with matching aprons and tea towels, along with cushions and other home décor fabrics.

The designs were created by Fidget’s Alison Tordoff who came up with all the quirky and tongue-in-cheek Lakes-related book titles and authors. The wallpaper was made originally as a prototype for Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel, which has won awards for design excellence.

The book titles depicted include Windermere Char Char, Fifty Shades of Grey Wool, The Secret Life of a Dry Stone Waller, Skinny Dipping for Beginners by Dawn Plunger,  and Wordsworth and the Railways by Bill Halt. Cushions are decorated with outlines of the Lakeland fells.

“The ideas for this new label were inspired by Cumbria and the Lakes,” said Alison, who has won international awards for her hotel designs, and is a former Cumbrian Businesswoman of the Year.

“I am passionate about the Lake District and its rich culture of art, history and literature, as well as the landscape.”

Items from the Love District range can be bought from the website, http://www.thelovedistrict.com. The range will eventually include design-led gifts and home accessories including fine china mugs.

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.”