Special events

A face-lift for a Gorgeous Room


As our guests know, we have just ten rooms here, and all of them are very distinctive and differently designed. Though all are equally luxurious.

We never sit back, though, and assume that a well-loved room will look as good next season. We’ve been working our way through the hotel on a continuing programme of decoration and refurbishment, and these last few weeks we’ve had the builders into one of our own favourites.

Favourite? Well, the Windermere Room is named after our local lake. Yes, England’s biggest and most popular lake, but it’s “ours”, it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and you can see it from some of our windows.

The Windermere is one of our larger rooms, and is in the older part of the building. We think it was originally the master bedroom of the house, with some stained glass and a window seat looking down on the front lawn and out towards the magnificent Cedar Tree that gives its name to the hotel.

The builders are an entertaining bunch, working for local firm Tony Dixon Builders. They’ve even been posting photos of their lunches and snacks on social media when they’ve had leftovers from our haute-cuisine kitchen. No wonder they enjoy working here.

We believe in supporting local businesses and the local economy. Our furniture is all hand-crafted at Lakeland Fells just down the road at the other end of the town. And of course all our designing is done by the inspired and talented Alison Tordoff at Fidget Design who never fails to come up with something new and exciting.

We hope you’ll be impressed. Browse a few photos of how Windermere is looking or check out ALL our rooms. We know you’ll find one that you love.

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Cedar Manor Wins Cumbria in Bloom


Here at the Cedar Manor our garden is dominated by the magnificent tree after which the building was named.

Underneath its branches we’ve created a lovely patio seating area, edged by a lawn which we do our best to keep in perfect condition.

The rest of the garden isn’t big, but we know that small can be beautiful, and we are very proud indeed to accept another award, from the Cumbria In Bloom organisation.

Caroline, and our gardener Kate Wright, have been working very hard over the last few years, and in 2015 we were highly commended. Last year we shared the honours with the Lakeside Hotel, but at last, this year we are outright winners of the Jackie Sanderson Trophy for the best hotel garden.

Caroline says of Kate: “She has done all the work, and has spent years preparing our gardens to reach this standard. We work on the designs together, and it’s such a rewarding thing to do.”

Cumbria in Bloom is a charitable organisation whose aim is the promotion, improvement and understanding of horticulture, floriculture and environmental issues for the benefit of the inhabitants of Cumbria. It is part of RHS Britain in Bloom scheme.

More than 100 entries were received in the various categories including the town, villages, tourism business, schools and hotels competitions.

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Jonathan's turn for a Run!


Jonathan takes on the running challenge

A Windermere hotelier has taken up a charity running challenge after his wife raised thousands of pounds doing the London Marathon.

Jonathan Kaye of the award-winning Cedar Manor Hotel is to take part in the Great North Run next month to help the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Rosemere is the hotel’s chosen charity of the year, and Jonathan and his wife Caroline have already raised some money for them with a raffle. Caroline has run two London Marathons for charity in recent years, which inspired Jonathan to start training seriously, after a series of injuries.

He completed the Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k in 52 minutes, and managed to continue training injury-free, running his first half marathon, the Coniston trail race, in June in 2.09.

Caroline has raised money for the Calvert Trust and Lupus UK with her marathon efforts. “I wanted to see if I could run a big race,” said Jonathan. “Caroline is a serious runner and has been training for years, but I’ve just been running for the fun of it till now – and getting some injuries along the way.

“But I’ve had a good summer, helped by my personal trainer Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson, and now it’s my turn to make the starting line.”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation funds local cancer research, supporting world class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. They work in partnership with local clinical staff to achieve the best possible care for cancer patients in the region wherever they are treated.

Said Caroline:  “Jonathan has been really supportive when I’ve been running for charity so I’m really pleased that it’s his turn now.”

If you want to help, you donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathankaye1968

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Photography Competition - last chance


Be bold, be different, Windermere photographers are urged


Photographers are being challenged to try for different angles as a competition deadline at Windermere is extended.

The most unusual photograph of Windermere is being sought by one of the leading hotels in the Lake District. The Cedar Manor Hotel, which is a few minutes’ walk from the shore of England’s largest lake, launched a competition to find the best shot from the most distinctive angle.

And while owners Jonathan and Caroline Kaye have received many classy entries, they say that only a few meet the “unusual” request.

“Both online and in magazines we see so many shots of the Langdale Pikes across the head of the lake, for example. We want to see something different, unusual, quirky,” said Jonathan.

“We have our own favourite views, from the top of Orrest Head, a small but perfectly formed hill not far from our hotel. We think that by extending the deadline we will get some entries from summer holidaymakers.”

He added: “Maybe get into the water or onto the water with your camera?”

The idea for a competition came when they couple noticed that the most recent lake-view photos on their own website were actually of Wastwater and Coniston, not their own local lake, just half a mile from the hotel. Some of the rooms have views of the fells across the lake.

Entries should be submitted digitally to [email protected]  with the entry form available here https://www.cedarmanor.co.uk/cedar-manor-photo-competition. The revised closing date is August 30 27.

The prize is a two-night midweek stay for two people, out of season, subject to availability.

Jonathan said that it would be interesting to see pictures of the lake taken on dull or misty days. “Not that we have many of those,” he said.

The Cedar Manor is a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant which has won a string of awards in recent years, including best small hotel in Cumbria, and recently the Best Hotel in the UK in the boutique hotel awards.

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Cedar Manor Photo Competition


Cedar Manor Photo Competition 2017

Entry form

We are looking for the most distinctive and unusual photo of Windermere (the lake, not the village)

Entries to be submitted by cutting and pasting this form and emailing to [email protected] attaching the digital image.

You may submit as many photos as you wish but each must be with a separate entry form.

By submitting, you are agreeing that Cedar Manor Hotel can use your photograph for publicity and promotional purposes including social media.

Closing date: August 30th 2017

The judges’ decision is final.

The prize is a mid-week, out of season, two-night stay at the Cedar Manor, dates subject to availability.


Age, if under 18

Email address:

Phone number:

Date photo was taken:

Location where photo was taken:

Thank you and good luck!

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Swallows and Amazons


We’re getting excited about an event that’s happening here in the Lakes later this summer which will stir longings for everyone who’s ever wanted to run away to a desert island.

Well, not exactly “desert”, but in one of our favourite-ever books, Swallows and Amazons, two families of children are allowed to sail away, on their own, and camp on an island in the lake.

So we’re pleased to be involved in a marathon reading of the story which will take place at Coniston in September. In fact, our daughter Elizabeth, will be reading one of the chapters, along with other young people including Hannah Jayne Thorp.

Hannah played the part of Peggy Walker in the new film version of Swallows and Amazons which was released last year. (The screenplay writer, Andrea Gibb, will also be reading a chapter. So will a descendant of William Wordsworth!)

This is a book that was published almost a hundred years ago, so what is it about this tale that still captures the imagination of young people today? Most of them would never, ever be allowed to go off on their own and camp; and anyway, if they made it to Peel Island on Coniston (which is the Wild Cat Island of the story) they would find a National Trust sign welcoming them: “No camping”.

Was it sensible parenting, when the children’s father allowed the expedition with the words “Better drowned than duffers.  If not duffers won’t drown”? Perhaps that’s the key to the appeal of the book, in a world where “health and safety” dominates everything we do, here are children sailing without lifejackets, being allowed to use matches, and sleeping overnight at a jetty in their boat. (Oh, no, that’s the one thing they weren’t supposed to do!)

Whatever the secret, Arthur Ransome’s tale remains popular with every generation. Like Beatrix Potter, who also used the Lakeland landscape for her imaginative adventures, Ransome found the ideal location for storytelling.

So next time you come to stay, why not hire a kayak (and a lifejacket!) and make the short voyage to Wild Cat Island. You can’t camp there overnight – but then, why would you want to, when you’re staying in one of our comfy beds!

The Swallows and Amazons marathon is at Coniston on September 3. For more details see https://ifnotduffers.org/

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Lake District Backgammon Championship 2017


A champion day on the boards

It was a nail-biting day when 16 of the country’s top backgammon players turned up here at the Cedar Manor for the fourth annual Lake District championship.

There were many tightly-fought contests before Bradford’s Steve Lee took the honours – a two night stay here and £100 cash prize.

He claimed victory after a 7-3 win over Pol Lapidakis in what’s now regarded as the north-west’s blue riband championship  event.

Since we started the event back in 2014, it’s gone from strength to strength and is now backed by the U.K. Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association.

Steve, a semi-retired video games retailer, was playing in his second Lakes event, against newcomer Pol, a foster carer originally from Greece and now living in Newcastle.

In the consolation final, one of our local club players Zohrab Yoncali took the honours after beating Samantha Wilkinson.

We also had Grasmere’s Andrew Hunter playing  - and he knocked out his son Monty in one of the early rounds. It was also good to see Haverthwaite’s Paul Galley reach the semi-finals.

Our club plays here regularly and if you’d like to join in – or learn how to play – call Jonathan on 015394 43192. And if you’re staying here with us at the Cedar Manor and fancy a game, we’ll get a board out for you.

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Lake District Backgammon Tournament


Excitement is building for the fourth annual Lake District backgammon championship which will be staged here at the Cedar Manor Hotel on Sunday (March 19).

A full house of 16 top players from across the UK has booked in for this event which has the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association.

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.

Last year, Edinburgh’s Ian Hesketh took the top prize after beating British UKBGF team captain Tim Cross in a nail-biting final game. Ian was the runner-up in 2014, when the first Lakes tournament was held.

The championship is organised by Cedar Manor owner Jonathan Kaye who learned to play backgammon when he was manager of Raffles nightclub in London. His dream is to see backgammon established as part of the café culture of the Lake District, as it is in Mediterranean countries.

He’s now also hosting a regular backgammon club for players in the South Lakes, and for any visitors to the hotel who might want a game.

“The response to the championship has been fantastic and we are now recognised as one of the major tournaments on the UK calendar,” he said.

“We have the best location, the best hospitality, and a great prize – the winner gets to come and stay here.”

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Valentine's Day is a great excuse to spend some quality time with the one you love and - if you're lucky - get a bit hot and heavy under the covers.

So what better than to treat your partner to a sumptuous meal that not only tingles their taste buds but also gets them in the mood?

For centuries, certain foods and substances have been rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties. By definition, an aphrodisiac (named after the goddess Aphrodite) is a food, drink, or substance that increases sexual desire.

How do they accomplish this task? Some aphrodisiacs reduce stress or increase blood flow, while others stimulate the production of dopamine in the brain - all of which help to boost your libido.

Our Head Chef, Roger, has always had a keen interest in ingredients and their so called Aprhodisiac properties.  You will find lots of these on our special Valentines Menu at the end of this blog.

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 well being 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 color 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. This would have a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.

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

And here is the first draft of our menu for February 14th - (highlights show aphrodisiacs)

Valentines Menu



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

Roquefort Cheese Souffle
with avocado and walnut salad, honey and balsamic dressing

Chicken Bang-Bang

Beetroot Gnocchi
with smoked almond pesto


in parsley sauce with cockles and mashed potatoes

Rump of Lamb
with a  honey and za’atar glaze

Rib Eye of Beef
with soy and spices

Stuffed Aubergines
with coconut and almond sauce


Roasted Vanilla & Nutmeg Brule
with lemon shortbread

Warm Pear Frangipane Tart
with candied fennel & honeycomb ice cream

Dark Chocolate Terrine
 with orange & tarragon sorbet & rosewater crackers

Selection of Local Cheese & Biscuits

Selection of Homemade Ice Creams

Have a great Valentines Day, enjoy some quality time together and perhaps a little romance.....

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Trip Advisor Awards 2017


Double accolade for us – thanks to YOU!

We are thrilled to learn that Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant has been listed in the top 20 in the UK in two different categories in a ratings chart published this week.

We came in at number 9 in the Travellers’ Choice Most Romantic hotels list, and at number 19 in the best hotel for customer service awards.

The accolades come from Trip Advisor based on customer recommendations.  So that’s your votes, and for that, we say a huge thank you.

We know that Cedar Manor is a popular choice for anniversaries and, increasingly, engagements, and our restaurant has witnessed some proposals.

We are thrilled with this award, but also very pleased for all our staff who work so hard to make every guest’s stay special. The award for service is a tribute to them.

So just to remind those of you who haven’t stayed here yet: the Cedar Manor, just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, has a restaurant with two AA rosettes which is open to non-residents and this year we’re hoping for recognition for our chef and his distinctive menu.

We want local people to experience what we are offering here. Our visitors love the restaurant, and we want locals to realise what a gem this is on their doorstep.

The Cedar Manor has won a number of awards in recent years and was chosen as the first European hotel to join the list of a prestigious American-based register. Select Registry is a collection of independent, boutique lodging properties which has recommended hotels and inns to travellers across the USA for 45 years.

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