Aynsome Manor

Warm hospitality, centuries-old architecture and ‘beautiful countryside’ again delighted loyal fans of this ‘exceptionally good-value oasis of peace and tranquillity. More

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Aynsome Lane
LA11 6HH
015395 36653

Hotel information


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


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


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

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all ages welcomed.


allowed, not in public 
rooms or unattended in bedrooms (£7 nightly charge).

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £95–£160, D,B&B £162–£199. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Warm hospitality, centuries-old architecture and ‘beautiful countryside’ again delighted loyal fans of this ‘exceptionally good-value oasis of peace and tranquillity’. Christopher and Andrea Varley are the second-generation owners of the Cumbrian manor house – former home of descendants of the aristocratic founder of Cartmel’s Norman priory. ‘Chris and his team looked after us so well,’ wrote regular Guide readers. ‘They combine efficiency with first-class service in a friendly, unobtrusive manner.’ Rooms, which some guests found a tad tired, also pleased: ‘Ours was a good size, with excellent lighting, ample storage, although boiler noise might irritate some.’ A folder of nearby walks was appreciated, as was the upstairs lounge, ‘the ideal venue to relax over coffee and talk with other guests’. Admired features included the spiral cantilevered staircase and, no doubt, the elegant Georgian dining room where chef Gordon Topp offers his locally sourced country house menu including oven-baked fillet of Fleetwood cod topped with a prawn, shallot and caper berry butter; ‘a joy to have a good vegetable selection served separately’. Breakfast was ‘excellent’ (Bob and Jean Henry, DR)

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Aynsome Manor
Aynsome Lane
LA11 6HH

Guest comments

'An oasis of peace and tranquillity set in beautiful countryside. It is also exceptional value for money. Chris and his team combine efficiency with first-class service in a friendly and unobtrusive manner. The quality of the food at dinner and breakfast was excellent. Once the residence for the descendents of the founder of Cartmel Priory, it retains some interesting features. ' - Bob & Jean Henry - October, 2017
'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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Tourist attractions

  • Holker Hall

    A magnificent stately home, dating back to the 16th century.

  • Brantwood

    The former home of the painter John Ruskin, offering exhibitions on topics such asthe Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement.

  • Dove Cottage

    Situated on the edge of Grasmere, Dove Cottage is best known as the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

  • Cartmel Priory

    In his recent book 'England's Thousand Best Churches',Simon Jenkins says that "Cartmel is the most beautiful church in the north-west".

  • Grange-over-Sands

    An Edwardian resort set between the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide