Aynsome Manor

Cartmel, Cumbria

With views over farmland to pretty Cartmel village, and sheltered by wooded grounds, this 400-year-old manor house, run by the Varley family for 40 years, offers ‘an oasis of peace and tranquillity’. More

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With views over farmland to pretty Cartmel village, and sheltered by wooded grounds, this 400-year-old manor house, run by the Varley family for 40 years, offers ‘an oasis of peace and tranquillity’. These qualities, plus its reassuringly traditional comforts, keep readers returning. Lounges are comfortable with deep sofas, china ornaments and brass fenders around open fires. ‘An ideal venue to relax over coffee and talk with other guests – no background music here!’ ‘Good-sized bedrooms’ are simple country house in style with patterned wallpapers and modern oak furniture; second-floor rooms have beams and a sloping ceiling. ‘Excellent’ food is served in the panelled Georgian dining room. Expect classic dishes with a sophisticated touch such as Scottish mussels in garlic, cream and wine, or pan-fried duck with caramelised apple, and Calvados and thyme sauce. Diners appreciate the choice of two-to-five courses. Breakfast, too, can be simple or hearty: fruit compote and yogurt, locally smoked salmon or the full Cumbrian. Staff ‘combine efficiency with first-class service in a friendly and unobtrusive manner’.

Hotel details

Address

Aynsome Lane
Cartmel
Grange-over-Sands
Cumbria
LA11 6HH
England

Telephone

01539 536653

Bedrooms

12. 2 in cottage across courtyard.

Open

all year except 25–26 Dec, 2–28 Jan, lunch served Sun only.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-15s £25 additional bed, no under-5s in dining room in evening.

Dogs

in bedrooms only and must not be unattended (£7 per night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £99 (bank holidays and race weekends £169). Set dinner £24–£39. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

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Comments about Aynsome Manor

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

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide