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“Travelzoo one night deal with cream tea dinner b&b - excellent!”

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Stonecross Manor Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Kendal
Reviewed 1 December 2013

My husband and I booked this deal for a Sunday 17th November through Travelzoo which consisted of a king size four poster bed, afternoon tea with prosecco and evening meal and breakfast, all for £99. We thought we would treat ourselves as we had gone away for our anniversary at the end of September but it hadnt been quite as we had wanted so this sounded ideal.

We arrived mid morning in Kendal and had a wander around, it started to rain so we decided to head to the hotel and see if we would be able to check in early as it was only just after 1pm and check in wasnt until 2pm. We parked around the back where there was plenty of parking and went into reception. The lady on reception was very helpful and said that she would check if our room was ready and she said if we would wait five minutes they were just finishing it off. We filled in the check in form and my husband got the overnight bag from the car, by which time the room was ready. We saw the chamber lady who was doing other rooms and she pointed us in the right direction for our and we thanked her for letting us check in early too. As you will see from my photos the room was lovely and we over looked the car park at the rear.

We went back down to reception to sort out our afternoon tea and the receptionist asked would we like our prosecco with it or later, we decided to have it with our afternoon tea. We took a seat on one of the settees and tables in the reception and waited only a matter of a few minutes before our afternoon tea and coffee was served on trays with warm scones and butter and jam and cream. The prosecco then was brought by another waitress moments later. All staff were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble, they should be praised as so often you go somewhere and you get greeted by people who appear to not want to be there but everyone here seemed like they enjoyed their work which adds to the pleasure of your stay and meals etc so thank you.

After enjoying our lovely afternoon tea we went back up to our room for a while and then decided to use the swimming pool and steam room and jacuzzi. The receptionist had already told us the times of opening which were if I recall up to 9pm and I think from 7am in the morning. Also that you had to sign in at reception and they would supply towels for you, which was great, although we had brought our own it meant we didnt have to use them. There was no one else in the pool when the receptionist showed us to it and explained where everything was. The changing rooms were individual rooms with showers in, lovely! We went into the steam room first then the jacuzzi and then finally the pool and then back to the others. We had a great relaxing time. It was going dark by this time and the jacuzzi is kind of in a conservatory bit with frosted out glass but it has changing light colours which when dark gives a lovely ambiance.

We went back to our room having signed out at reception and handed in our towels. We had choosen to have dinner at 7pm and went down early to the bar, we ordered what we wanted off the menu and were called through to our table when our first course was ready. The waitresses again were very polite and service was very professional. Just made everything feel very special. The food was really very good quality and tasty, Highly recommend the home made sticky toffee pudding!!!

We had a good quality of sleep and breakfast was a buffet style which was very nice. Everyone had seemed to come to breakfast almost at the same time so some of the cooked items were needing replacing but it just a case of waiting a few minutes till more is cooked fresh and brought out, it is better than having it all dried up and crimped because it was cooked all for the start time of breakfast, well that is what I think anyway! Something cooked fresh should not be ready instantly, proper cooking takes time and clearly here they pride themselves on serving quality food.

Would definately recommend and will definately be wanting to go back. Many thanks to all the staff for making our substitute 1st anniversary special.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We stayed for a cheap one night deal through Travelzoo. Enjoyed the cream tea (good, warm scones). Very quiet swim (just us), sauna and jaccuzi. Clean with good changing facilities.

Room was good, dinner particularly good and breakfast good and plentiful.

Staff very pleasant.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Farmlabourer
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We bought our afternoon tea with use of spa on a special deal through travelzoo..
We had the pool to ourselves and made the most of it staying a couple of hours. The jacuzi was great as was the fabulously hot steam room...
There are two water jets at the end of the swimming pool which you turn on and off yourself - really strong!!
Only nit picking thing was there is no bag to put wet swimsuit in and we are used to the Swan at Newby bridge which provides them...also no water fountain.
Went into the reception area and settled on the comfy couches. The afternoon tea was scrumtious with plenty to eat...all the cakes were obviously freshly made and excellent quality.
We had a great day and would recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

As we arrived the smell of chlorine from the pool was obvious.... well the do have a pool!
Reception staff were welcoming and friendly, they stay included a cream tea on arrival that the reception staff prepared, this was ok, the cream was sweetened which is not to my taste I think it was out of a can, the scones were warn and soft and rather nice.
We were upgraded to a kingsized room which was nicely set out, good size room with seating area with table nice sized flat screen tv on a wall bracket that I am sure could have been swivelled so it could be watched from the 4 poster bed. The mattress had a bit of a wierd feel but we both slept well on it. Bathroom has a corner jacuzzi bath but no shower, the tiled floor didnt quite meet the bath and there was no towel rail and the hot and old taps did not have indicators on them to day which was which. It was clean and had plenty of hot water.
Now for the Restaurant well what can I say....
We had booked our meal for 7pm and arrived to be seated in the bar with a menu, slowly more guests turned up all to be also seated in the bar with menus, there was no bar tender so we couldn't even get a drink.
Eventually after about 20 minutes the bar tender arrived with his order book to take our dinner orders trying to work out who arrived first. Orders taken we were still left in the bar although by now we had drinks as the bar tender also took our drinks order. Another 20 minutes passed before we were shown to our table. Once seated we only has to wait about 5 minutes to get our starters.
The room included a set meal or £20 credit towards the a la carte menu so my husband chose the set menu and I from the a la carte. my husbands onion soup was nice but my duck breast and onion tarte was overcooked and almost burnt, should have known this didnt bode well but....
Maincourse hubbys roast lamb could have been out of a school canteen, and my panfried game was almost inedible as it has been so overcooked I struggled to cut the meat and it was so covered in rock solid juniper berries it made picking them out a chore, the vegetables were the only part that was acceptable. I would have sent it back but no staff were anywhere to be seen and when they cae to give food to other guests you could not catch their attention. No-one came and asked if our meals were ok and when they came to take away our plates they just grabbed them and ran. Eventually the receptionist from the front desk came to ask us what deserts we wanted so thinking lets go 'safe' we ordered creme brulle... which was the best part of the meal even though it was not set at the bottom.
Maybe it was that the had a lot of staff off sick or other circumstances beyond their control but no appologies were made for the poor service and quality of the meal. We had been planning to have a meal in the hotel restarant for the 2nd night when it was my birthday but was not prepared to go through the fiasco again to get an inedible meal.
The hotel also offered a Kendal mint cake on booking out this was not supplied it even offered and by this time we were not actually expecting it!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

My friend and I booked afternoon tea through travel zoo which also allowed us to use the swimming pool, we decided to add on a massage each and make a day of it, as it turned out we had a lovely day, good swimming pool area, followed by avery relaxing hot stone massage followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea, we had to take some of the cake home! The staff in all the areas we visited were lovely really enjoyed our day, thanks

Room Tip: We didn't stay overnight
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank baker16
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Located on the edge of Kendal if you get one of their "good value" short breaks I would recommend this hotel. Whilst the free cream tea on arrival was only one scone between two (poor first impression) the evening dinner provided quality service and excellent food, as was breakfast.

The leisure / spa pool is really good and tends not to be very busy. Just check the changing rooms as they don't all have soap / shampoo. All in I would recommend a stay at this hotel and the staff are all very friendly, particularly so in the restaurant.

Room Tip: As the hotel is on a busy main road you may prefer a back facing room.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Douglas B
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

we stoped on two night break though travel zoo 2 adults 2 childen .The room 2007 was right next to the kitchin extracter fan which was turned on at 640 am with a horrible loud fan which woke the family up and didt go off till 2140 .the room was clean and tidy quite but the bathroom had quite a lot off black mould round the bath .We went for breakfast at 0850 to find there was no seats available till 0915, with 2 small childen it was disgracefull surely there should be seating for all who booked or at least management could off warned everyone there might be a problem. people were even having to eat on there knees in reception area.The next morning was the same only this time we were seated in the reception area with no high chair for are 2 year old .It resulted in us abandoning are breakfast .I did email to complain but was told they were very busy and staff did there best .Well I think anyone thinking off going as a family make sure there is no one else in the hotel and then maybe they will be seated at breakfast after all hotels are surpose to bed and breakfast .

Room Tip: Make sure hotel is not busy .ie school holidays or travel zoo offers on ..
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Stonecross Manor Hotel

Address: 84 Milnthorpe Road, Kendal LA9 5HP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Kendal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Kendal
Price Range: £76 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stonecross Manor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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