Amazing. Remote with no distractions. Our room had a large soaking tub and a fireplace. Very romantic with no kids.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We had a very nice stay and regretted that we didn't have more time to enjoy the pool and tennis courts at the Inn. They were both in very nice condition and lovely. The breakfast was great!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
My husband and I visited the Manor on Golden Pond for our anniversary. We were just thrilled and will go back again soon.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Enjoyable Romantic Weekend Getaway"
This is a great place to "get away from it all." We had a room with a jacuzzi and fireplace, so it was a perfect way to spend a quiet evening. The comfortable robes and champagne the staff left in our room didn't hurt either! Meals were good and consistent throughout our stay. The cost for the room is expensive, but we felt the luxury was there to warrant […] the price. We also loved the shaded tennis courts for a morning round. The only challenge was that restaurants, bars and shops closed very early (around 8p-9p) and we felt there were limited activities in the surrounding area. But we would recommend The Manor to friends. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Gorgeous views, incredible complimentary breakfast"
Amazing stay. The only complaint that I have is that I didnt stay at the Manor longer. We were in town to see a concert during Laconia Bike Week and unbeknown to us most of the hotels were sold out. We had no idea what a gorgeous property we were getting when we booked so we did not spend a lot of time here but we did enjoy a wonderful breakfast the […] next morning and walked the beautiful grounds before checking out. The inn keeper was lovely and really made us feel welcomed. I cannot wait to go back for a visit with my husband when we can spend some quality time on the property. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great solo getaway"
the fireplace in the room was the best! staff was so kind and accommodating. it was a beautiful true retreat. thank you!Genuine Expedia guest review
Enjoyed it immensely.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to Laconia Bike Week!"
The Manor was fabulous - that is the only word to describe everything about the place.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wonderful get away"
Expensive, but worth it! Meals were wonderful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
11/25/13 takemeaway54321 Boston, Massachusetts
My husband and I had the opportunity to take a brief one night away from the kids in November. What a relaxing and romantic stay! The manor itself if simply lovely on the inside, rustic yet elegant with an old world charm. As I saw in some of the other reviews, the grounds and outside of the building could use work. However, we were travelling in the low season between fall foliage and winter snow so there was not really any reason to go outside (plus we were there for romance so did not leave the room much). The weather outside was nasty and the welcoming fire was a nice touch. The reception desk is a bit awkward being up two stairs and in a side room, though someone did come out right away to assist us. After having been given a brief tour we were escorted upstairs to our good sized room with all of the amenities we could need. There were even wine glasses and a corkscrew in the room! Keurig coffemaker, several LARGE fluffy towls, warm robes (though clearly they anticipate all guests were a mens extra large....my robe was pretty comical) plenty of wood for the fireplace, etc. There is a decent movie collection, books, and board games galor, all free to borrow. Lovely tea service in the Library from 4-5 which tided us over until our dinner reservation at 7. I must admit my dissapointment that there were no scones and clotted cream at tea as they tout themselves as an English country manor and tea was not served with what it would have been served with in England. That said, the sandwiches and cookies were delicious. We grabbed a drink in the Three Cocks Pub before dinner. The very lovely waitress who was also our waitress for dinner was quick to assist us. Unfortuantely she did not know how to make the drink I wanted. Nothing bizarre, just a Gimlet. They really could use a bartender on staff. I was able to instruct her on how to make it. Dinner in the dining room was a veritable feast! Pumpkin soup, mussels, and scallop appetizers, smoked duck and filet mingnon entree's, fabulous bottle of wine. We were too stuffed for dessert so didn't order anything. Dinner for two with wine and tip ran us $200. We are from Boston so used to spending that much on dinner and the meal was clearly gourmet. Just surprised it was that high considering the out of the way location. Based on the price and location, I was not surprised that there were only 3 tables of guests that night and all were guests of the inn. Holderness looks like a very run down town and I'm must not sure if they get much business from the local area. Back to our room and were welcomed with turndown service and cookies. A roaring fire and restful night sleep to follow. We have a fireplace in our LV at home but what a treat to have a fireplace by the bedside on a raw rainy night. I must comment on how absolutely spotless the room was. Not a speck of dust or soot anywhere. In the winter months with the heat going and a wood fireplace and all those books - kudos to the housekeeping staff! They even cleaned the bath salts out of the jacuzzi tub when then did our turndown. Breakfast the next day was again in the fireplaced dining room. We had mentioned twice to the staff that we had no plans for the day and were hoping for a late checkout but were not offered one. I checked the reservation site and our room was not booked so was a little disappointed that they did not pick up on this and offer us to stay a bit longer. We did not see or meet the innkeepers at all during out stay which is unusual for our experience with small properties such as this. Overall, the price higher than I would have expected for the off-season. The place must be absolutely lovely in the summer. If I were to come again I'd want a room on the front of the building for a view of the lake. We'd love to come back sometime when we have more than one night and can take in the sights.
"A little weird."
11/22/13 P C Hillsborough, New Hampshire
I was looking for something different, a get-away, A mother and daughter kind of get-away. I think we got the smallest crappiest room they had due to the fact that I got a nice rate from "booking.com". The first room was full of flies and the bathroom fan didn't work. The entrance door practically hit the end of the bed the room was so small. I asked to see another room, I liked it and therefore,was charged an extra 43.00 dollars for it. It was cold, the t.v was right in front of the heater so I had to move it. I started a fire in the fire place and eventually the chill wore off. I noticed a bit of "snootiness" where it wasn't necessary. Somewhat of a "click" only to the "returning" customers that were treated extra special. We never ate breakfast there, nor did we eat dinner there. Supposedly, you need a reservation to eat (onsite) and there were not enough seats for all the occupants at the Inn. I never ever want to stay there again.
"Good but in need of some TLC"
10/26/13 Michael W Bethesda, Maryland
It's a bit difficult to write a review on Manor on Golden Pond because it is very good in some ways and not so good in others. On balance it is fine. The staff is friendly and helpful, the meals are very good to good, and the reception area is warm and welcoming as is the dining area (fitting a manor). Our sleeping room was comfortable if a bit worn- we looked at a few other rooms and they seemed about the same. However-- in walking the grounds it is obvious the establishment needs work- painting and some exterior repair is badly needed and giving the landscaping a good going over is also needed. We felt that the property was somewhat overpriced but probably would come back if we elect to stay in the area, given that there are few good alternatives in the immediate environs.
10/25/13 Jan W Santa Rosa, California
We can't say enough about this gorgeous Inn. We stayed there 4 nights (Oct.16th to Oct.20 2013) Our stay at the Manor (Oct.16th to Oct. 20, 2013) was delightful in every way. No detail was overlooked from the warm reception from inn keepers and staff to gorgeous and very comfortable rooms,(the Buckingham and The Avon) to lovely dining rooms,full ,made to order breakfasts, elegant English style pub, inviting common rooms with cherry fires and comfy seating. Our hosts,Brian and Mary Ellen, were relaxed and casual.....very helpful with arranging a Squam lake cruise for us,and giving us info on places to visit while in the area. Our rooms,beautifully decorated,were spotless,made up every day with fresh luxurious linens,newly laid fire wood, turn downs while we were at dinner and delicious fresh made cookies awaiting our return. We felt totally pampered and the 4 of us would not hesitate to come back again and would highly recommend the manor to friends and family. .
"Beautiful Setting, Good Food and Wine, Tired rooms"
10/19/13 Hilary S Los Angeles, California, United States
For the price of the room we had (The Wellington) I don't feel it was worth the money. We paid extra for the Jacuzzi but had no view as this was a back of the property view. The linens, towels, and l'occitane bath products were a nice touch. It would be nice if they could upgrade the Tv's, in our room we had an old box with built in VHS! Dinner was really good. We had the oysters, chicken, duck and chocolate Creme Brûlée, each dish was delicious, our waitress friendly and there was not a long wait for our meal.
"Fabulous Inn by scenic Lake Squam"
10/18/13 Paul N Cheltenham, United Kingdom
This was our 3rd visit to the Manor but our first for ten years so maybe our expectations would be too high? No worries on that score, there was a comforting familiarity backed up with an easy going but professional style from Brian and Mary Ellen. We stayed in a fireplace room which was luxurious, cosy, roomy and had everything needed - absolutely had to enjoy a sit by the log fire even though the weather was far from cold. We ate in both the fine dining restaurant and the bistro. On both counts the food was excellent, the fine dining a la carte menu in particular. We found the service friendly and attentive. Only criticism we had is that the bistro could do with a bit of a makeover to lift the décor and atmosphere. You also need to consider the spirit of this place in the context of it's location, and both complement each other - we would have no hesitation to return
10/16/13 Karen L Santa Barbara, California
We can't believe the nerve these people have to charge what they did, $400 per night including taxes. The room smelled and looked like grandma's abode, musty and overly heated, even with the heat off. Chipped toilet seat included! The people were very nice and hospitable, the food was good, but give me a break! The property is neglected, the structures need a coat of paint, how about sweeping up the walkways which were covered in leaves. With a price tag such as this we would expect a property which was well maintained, not neglected. This is not a four star property by any stretch of the imagination. They try for it in service in the restaurant with white cloths, and politeness. The property is over priced, and the on line photos are not accurate.
"Great place for a fall trip"
10/15/13 Kents16 Asbury, New Jersey
We arrived at The Manor around 5:30 after our boat tour of the lake. The view of the lake is nice but not great. We then went to check in. A wonderful young man greeted us and instantly addressed us by name as if he knew us. He gave us a very thorough rundown of the Inn and showed us to the Stratford room. It was a nice cozy room with a deck facing the lake. The fireplace was nice and usable and we did use it. This helped create a nice romantic evening. We first headed to the Three Cocks Pub. It was very nice and comfortable. From the pub we were called to dinner in the Van Horn Dining room. We found it to be quite elegant. Nicely decorated and a cozy fire. The service was excellent. Timing between courses was perfect. Our waitress “Julie” did an outstanding job in both service and making us feel right at home. Thanks Julie! We shared the “Mushroom Risotto” appetizer. Excellent! Roberta had the Chicken Breast and I opted for the “Manor Tournedos”. Both were also excellent. After a wonderful night falling asleep to the fire we got up to make coffee. What a great idea to have a “Keurig” coffee maker. No more floundering with coffee bags, trying to measure water and then waiting for it to brew. We went back to the Van Horn for breakfast. Breakfast was nothing fancy but good and hearty. Omelets were nice size and tasty. We would definitely come back and stay here again.
"The restaurant mismanagement"
10/05/13 Lisa W Washington, District of Columbia, United States
4 of us dined at the restaurant on 2 Oct 2013 at 6:45. We had great hopes and all ordered the "Tasting menu" for $55. The bottle of wine took awhile to get there, but who cared! The first course finally came after 20 minutes and was delicious oysters. Then we waited...and waited...I finally walked around the restaurant to find the restrooms and realized that the same 3 staff were attending to all of the dining rooms. The soup came with a skim on it that showed it had been under the heat lamp for some time. wait wait wait...salad, it was fine but when we asked for another bottle of the same wine we were told they only chilled one at a time. The roast pumpkin was so stringy it could have been used as floss. The "coalfish" was salty on a bed of poorly cooked rissotto, the true travesty was sauteed spinach with something sweet like maple syrup...oh and the fish was topped by garlic paste.......we did not get out of there until 09:50....not worth the work...
"Sorry we had to leave."
09/20/13 doreen m Milford, Massachusetts
Brian and Mary Ellen the perfect hosts....You made our stay a very pleasant memory. Once we walked through your doors and were greeted by your staff it all went up hill from there. We were able to peak at a few of your rooms and found them all to be lovely. Our stay in the Buckingham room was extremely comfortable. We loved walking out on the porch and looking at the view. Such a peaceful setting you have. I'm just sorry we didn't have more time in the area to enjoy more of your services. We spoke with other guests who had the opportunity to dine with you and were quite happy with their meal. I highly recommend your Inn to others and look forward to our return. (I have my eye on the Norfolk Room). Wishing you both a fabulous winter season. The Maher's .
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