Aynsome Manor

When John Remington, vicar of Cartmel, entertained the Duke of Devonshire at this 17th-century stone manor in 1842, he built the very fine dining room in his honour (visitors still admire its panelling, bay windows and ornate moulded ceiling today). More

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Aynsome Manor
Aynsome Lane
Cartmel
Cumbria
LA11 6HH
England
01539 536653
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except 23–27 Dec, 2–30 Jan, lunch served Sun only, Sun dinner for residents only.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-5s in dining room in evening.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £162–£195. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

Other reviews

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Good Hotel Guide Review

When John Remington, vicar of Cartmel, entertained the Duke of Devonshire at this 17th-century stone manor in 1842, he built the fine dining room in his honour (visitors still admire its panelling, bay windows and ornate moulded ceiling today). Owners Christopher and Andrea Varley might not go to quite such lengths, but guests still love what they do. ‘Our favourite place to eat out in Cartmel,’ writes a local fan. ‘Proper food; lovely atmosphere. Chris is such a welcoming host.’ Old-fashioned in the best sense, the house has log fires, deep armchairs, gorgeous views, and ‘space to keep to oneself’ when privacy is desired. In the main house and the converted stable across the courtyard, bedrooms are traditional and well appointed. At a convivial dinner (‘There were 12 other guests, and they really talked at mealtimes, compared to other hotels where whispering is normal’), Gordon Topp cooks a daily-changing menu, perhaps with ‘generous’ portions of guineafowl and leek terrine, apricot and sultana chutney; roast Cumbrian beef sirloin. ‘In a quiet part of the South Lakes, away from the tourist crowds.’ (Judy Rawlins, and others)

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Aynsome Manor
Aynsome Lane
Cartmel
Cumbria
LA11 6HH

Guest comments

'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 - December, 2015
'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 - August, 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 - August, 2014

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