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Sunday Lunch at Cedar Manor

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Sunday  Lunch

We now serve lunch instead of dinner on Sundays, starting at midday with last orders at 6 pm.  The menu includes a delicious Roast of the Day along with fish and vegetarian options.  We like to think this will tempt those that are checking out to stick around for a while to enjoy lunch before travelling home,  and we hope also to attract those that are checking in.  And of course, any locals and visitors in the area will be most welcome to come and enjoy our Sunday lunch at Cedar Manor.

 

Sample Sunday Lunch Menu

Starters

Ham Hock and Mustard Terrine
with homemade piccalilli

Beetroot, Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Salad
with labneh

Soup of the Day

 

Mains

Fillet of Cod
with a green chilli, ginger and coconut cream, sugar snaps, samphire, asparagus and Jasmine rice

Roast Rib of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding
with roast potatoes and market vegetables

Tagine of Aubergine, Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts
with couscous and naan bread

 

Desserts

Hot Fudge Sundae

Rhubarb & Apple Crumble with Custard

Home–made Ice Cream

Coffee or Tea with Shortbread £3.95

2 courses £19.95
3 courses £24.95                                                                                          

For those arriving after 6 pm… we still have some cheese platters, meat platters and soups available in the lounge.

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Aphrodisiacs and Valentines

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Valentines Day is fast approaching and here at Cedar Manor we take care to research what's in season for the restaurant but equally important are the Aphrodisiacs found in food.
Chocolate, Asparagus and Avocado are commonly associated with love and their aphrodisiac properties.  We dig a little deeper and have found dozens of ingredients that are also regarded as Aphrodisiacs.

Have a look at this - 

Almond: Throughout the ages, the almond has been a symbol of fertility. Some believe that the aroma stimulates passion in a female.

Avocado: The vitamin B6 contained in the avocado is said to increase male hormone production. The avocado also contains potassium which aids in regulating the female thyroid gland. A note about the avocado: the Aztecs called the avocado tree a “testicle tree” because they thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree looked like male testicles.

Asparagus: The phallic shape of some foods is a consideration in the selection of aphrodisiac foods. However, asparagus has more to offer than suggestive form. It contains vitamin E, believed to stimulate sex hormones which contribute to a healthy sex life and increased sexual powers.

Aniseed: The Greeks and Romans believed that aniseed had special sexual powers. There are many uses for this aphrodisiac food and some people believe that sucking on the seeds will increase your libido.

Bananas: Bananas have a wonderful, suggestive phallic shape, and are considered one of the most popular aphrodisiac foods used to stimulate sexual desire and increase sexual powers. Bananas also contain potassium and B vitamins which are essential for sex hormone production.

Chilli peppers: “Capsaicin,” a chemical that stimulates our nerve endings and raises our pulse, is responsible for the “heat” in chilli peppers. This aphrodisiac food is also thought to release endorphins, which give our bodies a natural high. Some researchers believe that is the case with all “hot” foods. Garlic is another example of these aphrodisiac foods.

Sweet basil: Some people believe that basil stimulates the sex drive and boosts fertility. It is also believed to create a sense of wellbeing in our bodies and minds.

Chocolate: Who doesn’t know about chocolate as an aphrodisiac food? On Valentines Day, the day to express your love, more chocolate is sold than at any other time during the year. Chocolate is given at the holidays, for anniversaries, and just to say, “I love you.” Chocolate contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, which gives you a sense of well being and excitement similar to the natural high that endorphins give us. Researchers believe that chocolate contains chemicals that affect neurotransmitters in the brain, and a substance related to caffeine called theobromine. There are more antioxidants in chocolate than in red wine. Combining the two can be the secret to passion.

Coffee: Coffee in moderation is a stimulant, but too much causes it to become a depressant. The caffeine in coffee stimulates both mind and body and is sometimes used in preparation for staying up all night.

Figs: An open fig is believed to imitate the female sex organs and is traditionally considered to be a sexual stimulant. Some say that a man opening a fig and eating it in front of his lover can be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Raw oysters: Oysters have been a favourite aphrodisiac food since the time of Aphrodite during the Greek age. Oysters are a rich source of zinc, a mineral required for testosterone production. This male hormone is believed to increase the female libido as well. Oysters are high in protein and very nutritious.

Arugula: Arugula is also called “rocket seed” and has been documented as an aphrodisiac food as far back as the first century A.D. Arugula was combined with grated orchid bulbs and parsnips. Many salads and pastas contain arugula. Sometimes arugula is combined with pine nuts and pistachios.

Ginger: Ginger root can be eaten raw, cooked, or crystallized. Ginger is a circulatory system stimulant which can increase sexual powers and desire.

Raspberries and strawberries: These are perfect aphrodisiac foods to hand feed your lover. They are red, which is the colour associated with love and passion, and are high in vitamin C.

Nutmeg: Chinese women believed that nutmeg was an aphrodisiac food and that it increased sexual desire, thereby contributing to procreation during fertility. A hallucinogenic effect can be produced by a large quantity of nutmeg.

Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are also high in zinc (like oysters), which helps produce sperm and increases libido. Sprinkle some on to a salad as a starter when having a romantic meal for two.

Coriander: The book of The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. That book is over 1000 years old so the history of coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Cilantro was also known to be used as an "appetite" stimulant.

Fennel: In the 1930's fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel as an aphrodisiac dates back to the Egyptian times where it was used as "libido enhancement".

Garlic: The 'heat' in garlic is said to stir sexual desires. Make sure you and your partner share it together. Garlic has been used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart ailments. This is a good time for moderation. Enjoy a pasta with a lightly garlicky sauce and it and lead up to something spicy in the bedroom later.

Ginger: Ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is a stimulant to the circulatory system. Perhaps a stir-fry with freshly grated ginger can stir something spicy

Honey: Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their "Honeymoon" drank mead and it was thought to "sweeten" the marriage.

Liquorice: The Chinese have used liquorice for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The essence of the Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) plan, glycrrhizin, is 50 time sweeter than sugar. Chewing on bits of liquorice root is said to enhance love and lust. It is particularly stimulating to woman.

Mustard: Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and increase desire.

Vanilla: The scent and flavour of vanilla is believed to increase lust. According to the Australian Orchid Society, "Old Totonac lore has it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide pleasure and happiness

Saffron: Crocus Sativus can be used as a stimulant or inebriant depending on dosage. Sun dried filaments ingested stimulates sexual desires for women. Essential oil evokes long, distinctive orgasms.

Cardamom: This deliciously exotic little spice has a reputation in its home country of India for being an aphrodisiac. I just think it’s got a wonderful, sensual taste. But there may be some science behind it too: cardamom is high in cineole, which stimulates the nervous system.

Pumpkin Seeds: High in zinc, which is needed for testosterone production, pumpkin seeds are essential for the libido in both men and women. Toast some up, pop in a movie, oh, forget the movie…

Pomegranate Juice: A very sensual juice and luscious juice (surely Nigella Lawson would approve), many think that pomegranate’s high antioxidant content keeps free radicals from interfering with circulation.

Roquefort cheese: Was often eaten by Casanova before his famous conquests.

With all these ingredients to play with our Chef; Roger and his team have produced a wonderful menu for Valentines Day; 

See if you can spot the aphrodisiacs!!

Starters

Arancini
with tomato sauce and olive tapenade

Scallops
with vanilla seed butter sauce, spinach and orange cardamom syrup

Salad of Pink Grapefruit and Beetroot
with pomegranate and labneh

Pumpkin Mousse
with toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds and a basil cream sauce

Main Courses

Fillet of Sea Bass
in coconut milk with garlic and chillies

Rump of Lamb
served pink with a honey and za’atar glaze, dauphinoise potatoes and baby vegetables

Rib Eye Steak
in soy and spices, confit tomatoes, spinach and straw potatoes

Sweet Potato and Aubergine Subji v
a traditional vegetable curry sauce with basmati rice, a red onion and coriander raita and popadom

Desserts

Something Chocolatey!
with vanilla ice cream

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble
with custard

Vanilla Panna Cotta
with pineapple and stem ginger salsa

Hand-Made Ice Cream
3 scoops of delicious ice cream

Cheese
a selection of 4 cheese from the North, with grapes, celery, chutney and crackers

Coffee & Petit Fours

Cafetiere of Penningtos Coffee, Cappuccino, Americano, Latte, Espresso or Tea

Table d’Hote £45.00 for your choice of 3 courses

All you need to do now is book! heart

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Five Top Races in the Lake District

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Five top races in the Lakes

We love to go for a run…and so do many of our guests. So when you’re staying here, how about entering a race?

The Lake District has something for everyone, of all abilities.

Here’s our favourite five.
 

Lakeside to Gummers How

A great event for spectators as well as competitors. This one involves individuals or teams rowing across the lake, jumping out at the other side, running up – and down – the tough little hill known as Gummers How, and then rowing back to the landing stage at the Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge.

We’ve seen champion fell racers who proved to be less than competent in a boat heading in the wrong direction. And great oarsmen and women who took it steady and came out in front. It’s great fun. Running distance is 5k, with a climb of 260m.

Starts at 5.30. Take a picnic and watch the action unfold.

Sat 15th Jun 2019

Further details:   www.helmhill.co.uk

Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round

This is one of the Lake District’s classic fell races, taking in the route of the Fairfield Horseshoe. It’s staged as the flagship opening event of Ambleside Sports, which takes place on the last Thursday in July at Rydal Park just north of Ambleside. You need some experience – and navigational skills – to take part in this one. It’s 14.5k, and you’ll be climbing some 915 m over several fell summits.

But on the same day there’s the short and sharp Guides Race. No entry fees…the races are free to those who pay to enter the showground. Lots of events throughout the day including Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and track cycling. A really great day out for all the family, as well as the runners.

July 25th  12.05pm

More details:

https://www.amblesideac.org.uk/races/our-races/rydal-round/

 

Lakeland Trails, Ullswater

A really unusual race, along one of our favourite routes. You start by taking a half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer "Raven", which takes you to the start in the hamlet of Howtown, while being serenaded by a folk singer. There are three separate events -  10K Ullswater Trail Run, 14K Ullswater Trail Challenge and 14K Ullswater Trail Race  - and they follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore. There are panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, and the routes finish in Jenkins Field, next to the Ullswater Pier. Underfoot conditions can be tricky at times, especially if wet.

Sunday 27th October 2019

http://www.lakelandtrails.org/ullswater/    
 

Langdale Christmas pudding 10k

Here’s our favourite road race, a 10K course through the beautiful Great Langdale valley. The Christmas Pudding has become a popular event to start the festive season. With 1,000 runners entered in 2018, the race appeals to all who enjoy the fun side of running. Every finisher gets a Christmas Pudding and many runners dress in festive costumes - all adding to the party atmosphere.

Starts at noon at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, December 7.

https://www.brathaychallenges.com/events/running/christmas-pudding

 

FellFoot parkrun

Not a race, of course, but a timed run that takes place every Saturday at 9am at FellFoot park near Newby Bridge. It’s free, and part of the popular worldwide parkrun series. This route is a beauty, with stunning views of the distant hills and a finish alongside the shore of Windermere. You need to register online first and download a barcode which you carry with you. Everything else will be explained on the day. No experience needed, no navigational skills, no age limits. You can walk, jog or run your socks off.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fellfoot/

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Sustainable Tourism in the Lake District

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It’s our world, it’s our responsibility to look after it.

That’s always been our philosophy, and we know that as hoteliers we are in a strong position to set a good example.

That’s why we invited a group of travel writers to join us here to look at some of the issues around sustainable tourism.

It was just serendipity that, one week before the event, we were awarded the Sustainable Hotel of the Year title at the Hotel Cateys - the Oscars of the hospitality world. So we had a very smart new trophy to show our guests.

It was also serendipity that our forum coincided with the opening of the UN summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, so we were able to keep tabs on THEIR debates…and hope that, via social media, they were aware of what we were doing.

We invited Gill Haigh, the managing director of Cumbria Tourism, to talk about how the Lake District is working towards moving visitors around the area – and to the area – more sustainably. The figures are encouraging; more visitors are making fewer car journeys around the Lakes.

She was joined by Sarah Swindley of the Lake District Foundation, the charity which looks after the environment, and helps fix the fells, through visitor-giving programmes. Here at the Cedar Manor we’ve raised more than £15,000 towards this in recent years.

The bigger picture was painted by Andrea Nicholas of Green Tourism UK who talked about how businesses generally CAN change to operate in a greener way, and that travel decisions in the UK ARE getting greener.

The keynote presentations came from two of our local activists who really are DOING something to try and save the environment.

Ashley Cooper is the award-winning photographer who spent 13 years travelling around the entire world documenting the impact of climate change. His book, Global Warming Images, doesn’t warn us what might happen if we don’t act soon. It shows, graphically and brutally, what HAS ALREADY happened. Deforestation, homes and even islands lost to flooding, the melting of the ice fields, Ashley has seen them all and photographed them all, and his images shocked our audience of hardened travel writers and academics.

But he does point to those actions – big and small – which are having an impact. Our Walney off-shore windfarm, for example, the world’s largest; and the solar panels on his own roof at home. Along with his own favourite, the world’s first solar-powered crematorium in India! And he tackles the myths about renewable energy: “For every pound the world's governments spend on subsidising renewable energy, they spend six pounds on fossil fuels."

Our other keynote speaker was Kate Rawles, known as Carbon Cycle Kate, the adventurer who has just travelled the length of South America on her home-made bamboo bicycle: “The world’s first home grown bike”.  Kate’s travels are not self indulgent. She travels frugally, and while enjoying her adventures, she was studying the impact of the loss of biodiversity, and believes that if we all go out there and have adventures in wild places, we will understand all the better why change is essential.

And her journeys have a low carbon impact; she travelled by freight ship, before beginning her epic cycle ride. Our current relationship with nature and biodiversity is completely dysfunctional, says Kate. “Pollution, mining and intensive agriculture all have a deeply harmful effects in nature. The Inca at Macchu Picchu valued seeds more highly than gold.”

Our guests, influential travel writers, bloggers and academics who were with us to hear all this, spent the rest of the evening taking the conversation further.

The next day they tested our local sustainable transport: a ride on the Mountain Goat bus, and a sail with Windermere Lake Cruises. All just on our doorstep.

At Cedar Manor we will help you find your way about on foot and by public transport.  We know where to hire electric bikes too.  We will publish another blog soon telling you about our Green journey and how we can all do our bit to help.

We all have to DO something. We will keep on reminding you all. It’s a wonderful, beautiful world, and no one else will take care of it for us.

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The Best Pre-Christmas Festivities in the Lake District

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Let there be light

The best pre-Christmas festivities in the Lake District

The Winter Droving is a magical festival in Penrith that celebrates all things rural, traditional and fun. The event highlight is a torch lit procession through the town featuring fire, lanterns, masquerade and music and mayhem.

The event is a celebration of Penrith and its age old role as the market place for the local area, a place where for centuries livestock and produce has been brought for sale. There’s live music and street performers across five stages, a vintage funfair, the local food and craft market, and a Dog Fancy Dress Competition.

The Winter Droving ends with the spectacular torch and lantern procession. Want to be part of it?  Register to carry a fire torch (over 16 year olds only) or wear a mask and join in the procession. http://www.winterdroving.uk/

A day-long festival bringing light into the winter darkness, with Christmas cruises across the head of Windermere, the arrival of Father Christmas to switch on the town’s lights, and a huge parade, at dusk, when hundreds of home-made Chinese paper lanterns are carried through the town centre.

Tickets for the cruises are ONLY available from F.W.Tyson (The Mephisto Shop), Market Place Ambleside, but can be ordered by post. From noon there are stalls and music in the Market Cross and Market Place areas of the town. Mince pies and mulled wine are on sale.

The lantern parade assembles near the White Platts mini-golf centre at the foot of Compston Road at 4pm. The festival ends with a firework display in Rothay Park at 5.30.

http://www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk/

The centre of Ulverston is no place for Ebeneezer Scrooge when the entire market town goes back to the Dickensian era for a weekend of joy and generosity. Along with the town’s cosy cafes and pubs, independent shops and the Christmas lights switch on, there’s the chance to get dressed up in Victoria costume, ride a Victorian Helter- Skelter, and listen to a brass band playing carols. Street food stalls sell roast chestnuts and there’s a hog roast. Lots of free entertainment and music, and there might be an appearance by Queen Victoria and Mr Bumble as well as Father Christmas.

http://www.ulverstoncouncil.org.uk/events/month.php?month=11

The entire centre of this small village is taken over for one of the best Christmas fairs in the country, with stalls all along the village streets and indoor markets as well. Lots of crafts and gifts, and a big emphasis on locally-produced street food and drink; with a mini beer festival in village pubs. There’s also a lantern parade, live music and streets performances, including circus acts, and of course Santa is in his grotto. https://www.facebook.com/hawksheadchristmasfair/

Family entertainment in and around the town centre, with Victorian costumes, a nativity scene, the arrival or Santa and Mrs Claus in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, a children’s fun fair, live music and dance performances.  Lots of charity stalls selling a selection of Christmas homemade crafts, produce, festive food and drink.  The day ends with a traditional carol service. https://www.keswick.org/whats-on/festivals/keswick-victorian-fayre

Formerly known as Windermere Christmas Market, this is a family friendly event on the streets of the town with market stalls, crafts and gifts, street food, singers and performers. There will be snow cannons, Santa’s Grotto, live music and a shuttle bus provided for the event running from Windermere Lake Cruises Pier 1 in Bowness.

http://windermerechristmas.co.uk/

  1. Penrith Winter Droving, Saturday October 27.
  2. Ambleside lights and lantern parade, Saturday November 17.
  3. Ulverston Dickensian Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 24/25
  4. Hawkshead village Christmas fair, Saturday and Sunday Dec 1/ 2
  5. Keswick Victorian Fayre, Sunday  December 2.
  6. Windermere Christmas Celebration Saturday and Sunday December 8/9.
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How to celebrate zero waste week

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We all know that it’s just not sustainable any longer to be a throwaway society, and here in the Lakes we’re especially aware of the need to look after our precious and very beautiful environment.

That’s why we will be celebrating Zero Waste Week, (September 3-7),  a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste.

It’s been happening for ten years, thanks to the efforts of Rachelle Strauss, founder of MyZeroWaste.com and ZeroWasteWeek.co.uk. Both are leading websites for helping householders and business reduce landfill waste.

We are passionate here about recycling and other green initiatives, and you might recall that we were awarded with the accolade of best small hotel, national and international, for our sustainable efforts, by the Considerate Hoteliers organisation. We know it’s possible to run a luxury hotel on environmentally-friendly principles.

So you, our guests, might be interested to know what goes on behind the scenes here when we are planning for your visits. You’ll know that we ask you to switch off lights that you’re not using, and you will see in your room that we provide fresh Lake District water in our own glass bottles.

You might also notice that all plastic bottles have gone, and plastic straws too.  Paper, biodegradable  straws are now being used, and we reprocess our water bottles using the Eco Pure Water filter system, which reduces recycling waste too.

Our currently waste to landfill is approximately 33% of what is collected weekly.  We’re constantly reducing this by composting food waste in our hot-bin, so food waste - which is already minimal - should take this figure down by another 5%. We no longer use centrefeed paper in the kitchen for cleaning; all chefs are now using J cloths and tea towels which we wash in house.

As we are a small hotel with just 10 rooms and 22 covers in the restaurant we are able to manage food waste very effectively.  Our team of chefs prepare food freshly for diners, and portion sizes are monitored very carefully so that we see minimal “scrapings” coming back on the plate from guests.

We do have to nag at our food suppliers, though,  and ask them very firmly to consider how they package what they deliver to us. Our environmental considerations should be theirs as well.

But there’s one area close to Caroline’s heart particularly. She loves clothes. And there seems to be always another occasion on the horizon when she MUST have a new dress (it’s your fault we keeping winning awards, and need to go to glitzy award ceremonies!) So now she’s thinking carefully about what to do with her old clothes. Charity shops locally come top of the list, along with dress agencies.

And if you have clothes you no longer want or need, then it is possible to recycle them without contributing to the millions of tonnes of fabrics that end up in landfill. Many charities organise kerbside recycling, so you’re helping them as well as having a clear out. And if you sell old clothes on ebay, remember you can always nominate to contribute a percentage of your fee to a named charity.

It’s just a question of changing habits. We might not manage it perfectly, but with determination we can make zero waste week a real success – every week.

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Taking Direct Action

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Taking direct action

We know that our guests like the personal touch here at Cedar Manor. You tell us so, and sometimes the comments you make have us blushing with pride.

Sometimes it’s just the little things, like this from recent visitors: There was the warmest welcome from Jonathan walking us through the Coach House Suite and then from Caroline who, after realising my wife was having trouble with her voice,  made up a herbal tea for her before the evening meal and again at breakfast the following morning.

Then there’s the little personal touches which all our guests appreciate: The chocolates and personal letter of greeting were a lovely touch.

You regularly mention the helpfulness of our staff team, and Jonathan’s local knowledge which helps you make the most of your visit to the Lakes.

So we want you to appreciate the personal touch right from the very start of your holiday planning, by booking directly with us, rather than through an online travel agent.

We know that these sites are very useful for general research. As travel expert and writer Simon Calder, “the man who pays his way” says on his website http://www.simoncalder.co.uk/

“Twenty-first-century travellers are privileged to be able to see much of the world in greater safety and at a lower cost than any previous generation. The travel industry provides more choice and better value than ever.”

Yes, more choice than ever indeed. And while third-party booking sites can be a useful starting point for researching what hotels are available in certain destinations and at what price points, that's the extent to which they should be used. Reserving directly with a hotel is the safest and best bet for reasons ranging from receiving special treatment to direct recourse should something go wrong.

So please, before you go ahead and book online, just pick up the phone and give us a call. If you’ve been before, you’ll know how approachable we are. If you’ve not, just check some of the comments on Tripadvisor. Comments such as:  From the first moment we arrived it was obvious that this hotel was run by the owners with passion and pride. This is sadly so rare in today’s hotel business nothing was too much trouble for them.

And even more specifically: We had to change our plans and Jonathan and Caroline were so helpful and accommodating. We booked direct with the hotel and got the best deal with the flexibility to change.

All the travel experts will now advise that the best room, rate, service and stay come right from booking with the hotel directly. There’s the issue of accountability: when the reservation relationship is between the guest and the hotel only, it's clean and easy because there are only two parties involved: the customer and the business. When a third party booking site gets involved is when things can get messy.

Things don’t get messy here, because we have just ten rooms, including our Coach House suite, and we always know who’s staying where. It’s a general principle which you should take on board for booking all your holidays, but as we said before, particularly here. We will welcome your call, we can talk you through the best times to come, the room that might suit you best, and we will certainly give you a better deal than booking through an OTA.

Try it…we know that you will be convinced. And as a recent guest said: We do prefer smaller boutique hotels and this one certainly delivered. Don't change a thing, it's perfect!

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Backgammon in the Lake District

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Champion Graeme takes the honours in Lakes backgammon final

Newcastle’s Graeme Turner took the honours in the fifth annual Lake District Backgammon Championship at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel.

Turner became the first two time champion after beating Newcastle’s Martin Barkwill (also from Newcastle) 7-1 in the final.  He was also the winner of the inaugural contest in 2014.

The Lakes event is staged by the Cedar Manor Hotel, with the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association. It brought together 16 of the most experienced and award-winning players from across the UK.

One of the world’s oldest board games, combining skill and chance, backgammon is played in cafés across the Mediterranean and in the most exclusive of London clubs, with world championships staged in exotic locations.

The championship is organised by Cedar Manor owner Jonathan Kaye whose dream is to see backgammon established as part of the café culture of the Lake District, and he hosts a regular local backgammon club.

“We are now recognised as one of the major tournaments on the UK calendar,” he said.

“But while we attract the top players, we also welcome people of all abilities at our regular monthly club event. We will be very pleased to hear from any local players who want to take part.”

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Read all about it.

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As Oscar Wilde reminded us, there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Most of our guests do their talking these days on social media, and we are more than happy that they are talking about us, and being very kind indeed.

Occasionally, though, it’s good to be noticed by the traditional media, the journalists who are often experts in their field and whose judgement is based on broad experience.

We were excited to host the Sky News anchor Kay Burley who came to stay when she was reliving childhood memories of the Lake District. She and her family had an action packed visit in spite of the weather and she wrote a very positive feature for the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-5340087/Kay-Burley-rediscovers-magnificent-Lake-District.html

Her visit followed that of globe-trotting travel writer Anthea Gerrie who writes for the highly influential website TripReporter, a site exclusively for award-winning professional travel writers. Anthea stayed here on her way to Kentucky to do some whisky-tasting, but fell for the Lakeland gin in our bar, and also fell in love with our food.

She wrote: “A chilled horseradish and cucumber gazpacho with a dollop of super-fresh crab salad was one of the best dishes this reviewer has tasted anywhere in the world this year.”

You can read her full report here: https://tripreporter.co.uk/cedar-manor/

Thanks to the longevity of online journalism, we’re still getting visitors here who read the Daily Telegraph article by Stephen McClarence a couple of years ago. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/cumbria/lake-district/hotels/cedar-manor-hotel---restaurant/ He called the Cedar Manor “unostentatiously luxurious” and paid us some very nice compliments: “The Kayes live at Cedar Manor themselves and are engagingly hands-on, welcoming guests with easy good humour. They're full of helpful suggestions about places to visit and are backed by friendly, attentive staff.”

Regional magazines come here regularly. Cumbria Life columnist Steven Doherty, a chef and restaurant consultant, said we were “doing something truly special” when we were awarded one of the industry’s top accolades, the AA’s Red Star Inspectors’ Choice.

And Mike Glover, writing in Lancashire Life, said that Cedar Manor is “the perfect combination for a couple who crave total escape from the pressures of the 21st century, without surrendering any of its most indulgent luxuries and comforts.” The man sure has a way with words!

We also loved reading about ourselves in a report by the Charming Small Hotels organisation, http://www.charmingsmallhotels.co.uk/britain-and-ireland-lake-district-and-region/p315916-cedar-manor.html

So it’s been a good start to 2018; we picked up a lovely trophy at the Cumbria Family Business Awards for best small leisure and tourism business. So that’s what the experts think. Now YOU have to come and see for yourselves.

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Cumbria Family Business Awards

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It’s always gratifying to win awards, to be recognised by our guests, or by the industry leaders – or both – for the efforts we make to ensure our guests have the best possible experience.

But there’s something rather special about our most recent accolade – best small hotel in the Cumbria Family Business awards.

Many businesses here in Cumbria are family run, and at the star-studded presentation night at The Garden of Eden we found ourselves surrounded by colleagues in hospitality, by some of our suppliers, and by other crucial businesses who keep the wheels turning for us all.

We were surprised and delighted to win. We’re just a small “family” unit, after all…..just Caroline and I, with some significant behind the scenes assistance from my parents. (We always hope that the younger generation will want to join in and eventually take over, but one is currently living and working away, and the other is an aspiring actress!)

But there’s a genuine family atmosphere here at Cedar Manor, as our guests will confirm. We are a family which welcomes visitors into our family home, which we have created into the most luxurious small hotel in the entire Lake District. We want guests to come here for a total escape, luxury holiday or break but at the same time to feel comfortable and “at home”. So we treat them with the care and respect accorded to our own family. We’re particularly proud of the attention to detail in our customer service which is regularly singled out for comment by our guests. This is also our home, so we can make the warmth of welcome a genuine one. The same applies to all our staff who become very much a part of the “family” here.

And as our guests know, we apply family values, a warm family welcome, without losing any of the professionalism which tourists to the area expect and deserve. So next time you come to stay, have a look at our latest trophy. In a lovely example of serendipity, it’s a glass piece, made by the fantastic artist Jo Vincent, who also created the chandelier in our welcome lounge.

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