Aynsome Manor

Guests are assured of ‘friendliness and an outstanding welcome’ from second-generation owners Christopher and Andrea Varley at this ‘lovely hotel in the heart of quiet countryside’. More

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Aynsome Manor
Aynsome Lane
LA11 6HH
01539 536653

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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, no under-5s in dining room in evening.


allowed, not in public rooms or unattended in bedrooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £162–£195. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

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VisitEngland Three Star Country House Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

Guests are assured of ‘friendliness and an outstanding welcome’ from second-generation owners Christopher and Andrea Varley at this ‘lovely hotel in quiet countryside’. Its loyal following, who consider it ‘a home away from home’, return regularly, drawn by the ‘pleasant atmosphere’. ‘It may be old-fashioned, but it’s none the worse for that.’ There are lounges upstairs and down (just right for afternoon tea), with prints, log fires, deep armchairs, a grandfather clock; ‘space to keep to oneself’ if desired. Bedrooms may need an update, but they have all the usual comforts. Beneath a moulded ceiling in the panelled dining room (added in 1842 for a visit by the Duke of Devonshire), chef Gordon Topp cooks an ‘excellent’ daily-changing menu of country house fare, perhaps including roast sirloin of beef, creamed potato; breast of Gressingham duck, caramelised apple, Calvados and thyme. Work up an appetite by climbing Hampsfell to the 19th-century travellers’ refuge built by Aynsome Manor resident John Remington, vicar of Cartmel, who was up there every day at 6 am, monarch of all he surveyed. (David Reed, and others)

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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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