The Manor On Golden Pond
What We Love
- Gorgeous location at the edge of the White Mountains in New Hampshire's lake district
- The romance factor and Old-England-meets-New England ambience
- Maple-syrup wraps at the spa
- Free in-room WiFi
- Dinners are elaborate candlelit affairs
- Cooking classes are offered on-site
What To Know
- The property was last renovated in 2010
- This is not a design hotel
- The M Bistro, one of the on-site restaurants, may close during November through May
- The Manor does not accommodate children under 13
- The property is 65 miles from the nearest airport (Manchester; 120 miles from Logan in Boston), so it's best to rent a car. Parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a stay at The Manor On Golden Pond in Holderness, you’ll be near the beach and minutes from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Whipple House Museum.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 25 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and separate sitting areas, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. This hotel has 5 meeting rooms available for events. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I want to start by warning other travelers that this property looks very different from the highly photo-shopped and cleverly angled photos that appear on its website. The moment I walked through the door and saw the drab and tired furnishings, and dusty, unkept main living area, I knew that this was not the experience I expected when I made the booking.
My husband and I traveled here in late November with the expectation that we would experience the service and attention to detail that one expects when visiting a 4 star luxurious country manor. According to the in-room booklet, the innkeepers purchased the inn in 1999, and it doesn't look like they've made any new purchases or refurbishments since. When we arrived, we were greeted by a lady who was extremely nonchalant, and proceeded to show us the dining room, and the very sad looking "afternoon tea" station which consisted of plastic cups, a keurig coffee maker and some rather stale looking tiny pastries.
When brought to our room, we were immediately taken aback as to how cold it was. The heat was not on and the room temperature was approximately 58 degrees (fahrenheit). We asked why it was so cold and were simply told that the heat hadn't been turned on for several days. Keep in mind this property was built in 1907, so it is old, drafty and absolutely needs heat turned on, particularly on a cold, late November day with half a foot of snow on the ground. This kind of oversight is just not acceptable for a property that advertises itself as a 4-star, luxury country inn. After one hour in the room, and with the thermostat turned up to 75 degrees, we were still freezing and asked to change rooms. We were shown an array of available rooms and I have to say, they all looked very outdated (worn out hunter green and burgundy carpets, 80s chintz), and everything just looked dingy, tired and neglected. The heat was also turned off in the common areas and hallways, with the only heated room being the main lobby area.
Even in the main lobby area, a grand room of original wood work, fireplace and sitting area, there was dust on the tables, dust on the fireplace mantle, and the plastic floral arrangements looked like they had been there since 1999 when the owners purchased the place, or perhaps even before.
The included breakfast was horrible and I would caution other guests to be careful when eating in the dining room. I was the first breakfast guest of the morning at 8.30, and the only offering on the buffet table was granola which was stale, and a carafe of milk which didn't feel cold, and upon smelling was extremely rancid. I can't believe I actually had the courage to go ahead and continue to order a "cooked breakfast", but there is not much else in the area for dining, so there was little choice. The cooked breakfast was better than the buffet table offerings, however, the home fried potatoes were not fresh and looked and tasted like they were from a previous day.
On a more positive note, the L'Occitane bath products were a nice touch, and the bath towels were very plush and of a high quality, but certainly these details are not enough to salvage an otherwise poorly and seemingly, cheaply run property which needs more staff and a lot more attention and care.
I would close with saying that I feel it is unethical and bad business to advertise an experience that is not what is offered in reality. My husband I drove 4 hours and spent over one-thousand dollars for our two night weekend (after adding in meals) and this was not a one-thousand dollar experience. We could not wait to leave.
We stayed at this lovely inn on our way to Canada. The owners were kind enough to hold a cancelled reservation that we had from August and gave us a 6 month time period to use it, so that was great! We stayed in Cotswold cottage, very comfortable with all the necessary amenities. The breakfast was excellent in the morning. The entire experience reminded us of previous visits to England. We only wish we would have been able to stay longer and enjoy this property and the area more fully.
Set in a spectacular setting with such awesome views and within travelling distance of many more jaw dropping sights this hotel is first class and a superb base for days out hiking or just a leisurely drive exploring. From the moment we stepped through the doors the staff were incredibly helpful, kind and made us so welcome. Our room was the “Oxford” one of the tastefully decorated annexed rooms set in the hotel grounds with private decking, circular jacuzzi, WiFi, turndown service and the obligatory amazing views. Dinner was taken in The Van Horn dining room and was such a treat. Our food was creative and genuinely delicious. My wife and I are British and The Three Cocks Pub reminded us of our trips to our very own Lake District in England - a cozy nook to enjoy a ‘nightcap’. The only downfall was that we had to make our trip before Fall Season and missed out on what the area is so famous for. We would love to return and experience that and then perhaps a very early winter blizzard would force us to have a couple of extra nights at The Manor “snowed in”, now I’m dreaming. A special thanks to owners Brian and Mary Ellen for such a wonderful couple of nights and making our stay so memorable.
Friendly staff and great service! Enjoyable stay in a relaxed and friendly environment, fabulous view of the lake from the room. A warm welcome on arrival, crackling log fire and afternoon tea, perfect! Exquisite food, we enjoyed the chefs tasting menu, a selection of freshly prepared local produce all served with a smile. A delightful find!
I stayed here with a small group of friends. While we were disappointed that the leaves hadn't started changing at the end of September, the Inn was not at all disappointing. We traveled from Portland, hiked on our way to Holderness in the cool rain and arrived just in time for afternoon tea which was a welcomed treat. For our first night in Holderness, we had booked dinner at the Inn's restaurant that evening and really enjoyed it. They were a little busy as an expected larger party showed up but the food was good, the wine menu extensive and the waitstaff, although busy, was helpful and prompt.
Breakfast was included with the rooms and was a treat. The menu was extensive and they graciously accommodated special requests. The morning waiter was very helpful in planning our day hikes.
Afternoon tea was also a treat - many types of finder sandwiches, cheeses, fruit and veggies as well as an assortment of teas.
The Inn was beautiful and spacious including a library for tea, an interesting bar, and a separate restaurant as well as croquet outside and a pool.
The only disappointment was that the bar could not serve drinks if the restaurant wasn't open.
The rooms with fireplaces and soaking tubs were huge and beautiful. The hosts were gracious and even provided bug spray and bounce sheets for our hikes.
I would highly recommend this Inn.