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My Trip to Holderness and The Manor on Golden Pond

05/12/2012

Holderness is a small town in the northern part of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The Lakes Region is such a beautiful area, I always love driving through and this past April was the first time I’ve had the chance to stay there.

In fact it’s the first time I’ve been away at all in many years. I went to stay for one night, at the Manor on Golden Pond, with my daughter and her fiance. This is where she is planning to hold her wedding next year and we wanted to check it out.

The Manor on Golden Pond

The Manon on Golden Pond

The Manor is located very near Squam Lake which is where the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry and Jane Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn was filmed.   They have a poster (like the one below) on the wall.

On Golden Pond (1981 film)

On Golden Pond (1981 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Manor was built by an Englishman who came to the region and loved it so much that the bought the land and proceeded to build his estate there. Over the years the place was sold and fixed up and converted to an upscale Inn with quaint rooms and delicious food.  You can read all about the history – and see photos – in the album that is in the little “library” room where afternoon tea is served.

Entering the lobby

Lobby and fireplace area.

We were welcomed by Kathryn who had an English accent, as most of the staff do.  They are recruited from England to come work at the Manor.

The lobby was quiet and deserted for most of our stay and it has a big fireplace with a salt and pepper chess set in front of it. My daughter and I worked on a puzzle at one point – for a few minutes – and there were other little games scattered around. We went for our visit the end of April which is still the off-season for area establishments. In fact besides us, there were only two other couples staying at the Manor.

View of Squam Lake from my room

View from the “Windsor” room

We happened to visit on the most beautiful weekend! It was sunny and the views were lovely, although the wind was whipping and it was not warm. This is the view from the room I stayed in. I got a surprise upgrade to the “Windsor” which is located on the second floor in the corner that faces the lake.
I loved it! I could even enjoy the view from my bathroom… (see below).

bathroom windows and view

Even in the bathroom, the views were pretty nice.

Want to read more and see my room photos? GO SEE

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