We arrived at the hotel and were met by a very friendly receptionist, first impressions were good, bright and clean hotel, quality furnishings. We took our key and went to the room, which was right opposite the door to the stairs which banged when shut. Room was fairly large and had a decent size bed and a lovely view (room 101) HOWEVER it also had a second door, this connected to room 102's bathroom and we could hear everything that was going on plus the light actually shone under the door!!! Also our bathroom was a little tired with mould and mildew around the sink. luckily we found the problems with the adjoining room very quickly.
I returned to reception and said i did not find the room acceptable, was told that it is not normally allocated unless as 2 rooms together. (it was this time so I suspect that is a bit of a lie) After a few minutes we were moved to room 201 which was in the loft, great view again but alot smaller, a very low roof and a tiny and very uncomfortable bed. Again opposite the stair doors so noisy from other guests.
The table de hote menu was OK but lacking as my partner is vegetarian, and there are only so many goats cheese tarts you can eat before getting sick of them! why oh why can so called chefs not cooked decent vegetarian dishes?
Aquick look at the a la carte menu showed a little more flair but with starters at about £7.50 and mains and dessert at a combined £30 we were looking at a £100 bill for dinner with a mediocre bottle of wine. I felt that too steep for a bit of butternut squash that may not turn out to be cooked very well, I may have enjoyed my meat but it is important to have confidence that your partner is being equally well catered for. ( we ate at a nearby chinese and had decent vegetarian food and a very nice bottle of South African Sauv Blanc and the bill came to about £55 so good value
After a poor nights sleep trying not to fall out of bed and always feeling the springs and creaks if either of us dared to move we went to breakfast. this was a reasonable affair but once again poor for the vegetarian with only beans and mushrooms on offer.The serving spoons were shared so had been in contact with meats such as bacon and then re-inserted in the mushrooms etc. Whilst it did not bother me apart from lookink messy my partner was not able to partake of even these meagre offerings, so it was tea and toast for her, not the sort of thing you stay away from home to enjoy.
Staff were all very friendly but did not really have any style, just seemed hardworking (not a criticism but no time for any real care)
Overall a bit of a weak experience, poor sleep, changed rooms to one worse in many ways, bad for a vegetarian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the fringe of Kendal with ample FREE parking, easy access from M6 junction 36 and A591. All 30 rooms have en suite bath & shower and have been decorated to a high standard, some boast elaborate 4-poster beds. Established in 1857 as an orphanage Stonecross Manor Hotel has since been extensively modernised and converted into the fine hotel that it is today. Close to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and is also an ideal stop off point when travelling to and from Scotland. Catherines Restaurant and the Westmorland Bar offer an ambience of relaxation coupled with quality Cumbrian and regional cuisine and a wine list to please all tastes. The Newly refurbished heated-indoor pool and poolside Spa with Steam Room and massage jets is now open to guests and members. Stonecross Manor Hotel is also a perfect Wedding venue, with function rooms to suit small or large receptions, both formal and informal while the Civil Ceremony Licence ensures your special day can be enjoyed all in one place. Conference and banquet facilities are also available offering a light and airy environment for your seminar or dinner with quality equipment and extensive menus to cater for all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stonecross Manor Kendal
- Hotel Stonecross Manor
- Stonecross Manor Hotel Kendal, Lake District