Aynsome Manor

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César award in 1998

‘In a quiet part of the South Lakes away from the tourist crowds’, this ‘exceptionally good’ 17th-century manor house hotel has long been run by its owners, Christopher and Andrea Varley. It is popular with travellers who seek traditional values, and appreciate the ‘high standards and wonderful atmosphere’. There are modern and antique touches in the lounges (high-backed chairs, patterned carpets, brass scuttles). Guests can read by the open wood-burning fireplace or, on fine days, on one of many benches in the gardens. A visitor this year ‘was delighted to be given a large, well-equipped bedroom with shower room attached, though I had booked a single room’. In the Georgian dining room, chef Gordon Topp’s daily-changing menu focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients: ‘The portions are generous; a huge seafood ragout was hard to fault; enjoyable pork fillet with a side dish of vegetables. An excellent meal.’ Breakfast has a ‘wide choice – good bread’. ‘The service is friendly and prompt; the prices are reasonable,’ said a returning visitor. (Dorothy Brining, William Smethurst)
  • We know it very will and have much enjoyed eating there over the last 16 years. It is our favourite place to eat in Cartmel. Proper food. Chris is such a welcoming host.

    J R, 22/03/2016

  • Though I had booked a single room I was delighted to be given a large, well-furnished twin-bedded room. Dinner was good with very generous portions. Breakfast had very good choice. Everything is done to make one welcome and comfortable.

    Dorothy Brining, 04/09/2014

  • A return visit to a lovely hotel. The food is of the highest quality and cooked to perfection, the service is friendly and prompt, and the prices very reasonable. We look forward to our next visit.

    William Smethurst, 20/08/2014

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Contact Details

Aynsome Manor

Aynsome Lane, nr Grange-over-Sands CARTMEL Cumbria England LA11 6HH


01539 536653

Further Information


12. 2 in cottage (with lounge) across courtyard.


all year except 23--28 Dec, 2--29 Jan, lunch served Sun only, Sun dinner for residents only.


2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi (ground floor and some first-floor bedrooms only), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 5.


allowed (£5.50 a night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard.


[2015] per room B&B £95--£150, D,B&B £162--£195. Set dinner £29. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.