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Manor on Golden Pond

Manor on Golden Pond

Address: Rt. 3
Phone: 800-545-2141
Web Address: http://www.manorongoldenpond.com

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THE INN:
Like many, the movie, “On Golden Pond” is one of my favorites and this is where it was filmed. The area is as beautiful as you remember it from the film. A boat tour will allow you to revisit the settings for many of the scenes; the boathouse, Purgatory Cove and the lakeside home.

The Manor on Golden Pond is a gorgeous inn and the perfect place to enjoy this idyllic part of New Hampshire. Set atop Shepard  Hill with sweeping lake vistas, the mansion was originally built as a private home by a wealthy Englishman for his debutante wife. It was completed in 1907 and quickly became a showcase and the setting for many elaborate parties. The current owners purchased the property in 1999 and have spent the last 10 years restoring and upgrading the property to its current splendor.

The public rooms have retained much of their original charm with hardwood floors, wood paneling, beamed ceilings, lead paned windows and marble fireplaces with carved wood mantles. The living room and library are furnished in antiques and somewhat formal furniture, yet they manage to be warm and cozy at the same time.

THE ROOMS:
There are 24 rooms and suites in 3 buildings and a cottage on the property, all decorated with different colors and styles. The smallest are the Classic Rooms, but even they are charming, very ample in size and perfectly acceptable if budget is a consideration. The preferred rooms are the ones with mountain and lake views, in particular Windsor and Churchill. Churchill is decorated in wonderful shades of blue, has a fireplace and sitting area, a semi-private deck and a Jacuzzi. My room, the Stratford, was delightful with pine walls, a king 4 poster bed, comfortable reading chairs around a wood burning fireplace and decorated with wonderful antiques. The color scheme was burgundy with plaid curtains and bed canopy offset with flowered bed sham and gingham chair fabrics. The view of the lake and mountains from my windows and private porch were spectacular. When I awoke the morning of my stay it was raining and foggy. I made some coffee, lit a fire and read the paper by the fire. The dreary day didn’t seem so bad after that.

The bathroom, while small, was nicely decorated in a country motif with plaid wallpaper and a flowered curtain that framed both the window and shower. Plush, oversized towels, L’Occitane toiletries and contemporary Kohler fixtures rounded out the amenities.

Rooms are equipped with wireless, bottled water, coffee and tea and a small refrigerator.

THE RESTAURANT:
Beamed ceilings, wood paneling, a fireplace surrounded with hunter green tile and a carved mantle, lead paned windows and tables set with crisp linens and sparkling tableware brings to mind an English country manor. With the sun fading over the lake and mountains, candles flicker in shaded lamps and create a warm and romantic ambiance.

My meal was exquisite beginning with a fresh pea soup amuse bouche and moving to an unusual marinated and grilled shrimp with a coconut-curry sauce and white chocolate chipotle ice cream. I would never have put these flavors together but they worked so well paired with a crisp Pouilly Fuisse. My entrée was roasted pork tenderloin with a fantastic Serrano ham and cherry tomato risotto and a fresh morel and pomegranate reduction. A delicious Louis Jadot Pinot Noir was the perfect partner. Another unusual combination was an excellent lemon cardamom crème brulee served with fresh berries.

Wine Spectator wine list and very reasonably priced. Appetizers: $11-$18, entrees: $28-$41, desserts: $9. Great service from server Kim made this an altogether wonderful experience.

Breakfast, which is served from 7:30am in season and 8:30am in the off season had some wonderful choices like pear and pomegranate pancakes and banana pecan French toast. I opted for an egg crostini, an open faced sandwich of egg and bacon on multigrain toast with tomato, spinach and Asiago cheese and served with delicious home fries dusted with cumin. Great start to the day.

THE SERVICE:
Apart from a friendly and attentive staff, these are innkeepers who have taken the time to think about what you may need or want during your visit and things that will just make your experience here better. A welcome letter greeted me upon arrival with a card reminding me of the time of my dinner reservation. There is a basket in the hallway with items you may have forgotten to bring, a night light and sewing cushion in the bathroom, a throw blanket on one of the reading chairs, turndown service that leaves fresh cookies on your pillow, a weather forecast and newspapers in the living room each morning at 7:30am, fresh lemonade and iced tea all day on a sideboard, afternoon tea, umbrellas at the doors and a basket of reading glasses in the Pub. To enhance the “Golden Pond” experience, they even pipe in the soundtrack of the movie complete with loons calling on the lake!

THE RATES:
There are four room categories: classic, fireplace, fireplace & Jacuzzi and suites. Rates from $255-$305 high season and $210 low season for a Classic Room (200-250 sq. feet) to $475-$525 high season and $410 low season for a suite.(450 sq. feet).

WHAT OTHERS SAY:
AAA Four Diamond Award Recipient
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, one of the “Best of New England”
Member Small Luxury Hotels of the World

“If “you want to get away” from it all, you can “switch off” at this Central New Hampshire “country inn on steroids” that fans call “the best on Squam Lake” (featured in the film On Golden Pond); a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this “winner” offers rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzis and luxury bath amenities (some have private decks and water views), as well as an outdoor pool, gourmet breakfasts, fine dining, afternoon high tea and a private beach with canoes and paddleboats.” ZAGAT

WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
On property, get the kinks out at the Seasons Spa (prior reservations required). Board games and puzzles in the living room and library and a DVD library will satisfy those looking for more leisurely pursuits. Step it up a notch with some croquet on the lawn, enjoy the heated pool (open June-Sept) or get in a game of tennis. The Inn also has kayaks for rent. Nearby you can take a lake tour and see the settings for the movie, rent sail and motor boats, fish on the lake for bass, salmon and trout, hike in the quiet forest and enjoy the range of winter sports at one of 5 ski areas within 30-45 minutes away. Owl’s Nest, a short distance away, offers championship golf at a Golf Digest rated course.

DRIVING DISTANCE:
Boston: 2 hours, Hartford: 3 hours, 24 minutes, Albany: 4 hours, NYC: 5 hours, 42 minutes.

 

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