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The Manor on Golden Pond

New Hampshire, New England

Manor on Golden Pond conjures up images of quintessential American lake vacations. Built as a country house retreat, the extensive grounds overlook Squarm Lake with its host of water-based activities and is ideally located to explore the White Mountains.

At a Glance

  • Delicious food is produced by chef Peter Sheedy using the freshest of local ingredients

  • Beautiful setting overlooking one of New Hampshire's prettiest lakes

  • A great base from which to explore the White Mountain National Forest

  • Stay in one of the Annex Chambers for a log cabin-type experience

  • New Hampshire does English country house

Honeymoon, Adventure, Family

Insider's View

A short drive away from the Manor is the marvelously bonkers Owen's Truck Farm. Run by the delightful Owen & his wife it's a mix of farm shop/garden center and flea market where you can buy the freshest ingredients for a picnic - be sure to try Fiddleheads if they're in season.

Katie Aston

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Manor on Golden Pond or take a look at our itineraries to New England


New Hampshire is renowned for its abundance of lakes, scenic highways, forest covered mountains which all add up to some pretty gob-smacking scenery particularly in the Fall. The Manor on Golden Pond enjoys the best of all worlds. It is perched in the forest with views out over Squarm Lake, giving it a sense of remoteness, yet it has quaint villages such as Holderness nearby and is within an hours drive of the White Mountain National Forest with its abundance of hiking and outdoor activities.

Built in the early 1900s as a country estate by a wealthy Englishman to impress his local debutante wife the Manor on Golden Pond still retains much of its original English country house character with wooden panelling and floors and fireplaces. Subsequent owners have added their own style so expect some quirky touches. Mary-Ellen and Brian Shields the current Inn keepers give their guests a warm welcome and are sticklers for detail and good service.

Rooms are in keeping with the English country house style and many have fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Some of our favorites are the rooms in the Annex chambers in the gardens which have canopied beds and a cozy log-cabin feel. Wherever you are you'll have a peaceful sleep on the deep mattresses.

Food at the Manor is a revelation - Chef Peter is a talented local young chef who makes the most of the abundant rich (and often unique) local produce creating really fabulous dishes. The Van Horn Dining Room offers a formal dining experience so for more casual and lighter dishes there is Bistro M. Keeping with the English theme, you can try a per or post dinner glass of local hand-crafted ale at the Three Cocks Pub. Picnic lunches are popular for making the most of days out exploring the region.

At the Manor there is an outdoor pool and clay tennis court as well as a small spa area. At nearby Squarm Lake there are walking trails and plenty of water-based activities and then within an hours drive is the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains National Forest, a Mecca for hikers, adventure enthusiasts and photographers.


The Manor on Golden Pond has 23 guest rooms and one cottage. The Manor houses the majority of the rooms, there are four rooms in the Annexe Chambers and four in The Carriage House. Some of the rooms have fireplaces and/or Jacuzzis. All the rooms have superb views of the surrounding countryside, some have private decks from which to admire it from. Rooms have books and magazines, plush bathrobes, l'Occitaine products, wireless internet and air-conditioning.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Manor on Golden Pond. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. They will love the outdoor activities available during their stay!


The hotel is home to the four diamond Van Horn Dining room. Delicious cuisine, attention to detail, a first-class service and elegant setting will make your dining experience one to remember. The menu is mostly American fare with international touches.

The Spa at The Manor on Golden Pond offers an expansive menu of massage and beauty treatments to help relax the mind and body. The spa's location ensure privacy and marvelous views creating the perfect atmosphere from which to unwind.


During your stay at Manor on Golden Pond, there is much local scenery that needs to be taken in. Squam Lake (the lake featured in the film Golden Pond) is a beautiful lake, you can enjoy it from one of the several beaches, by renting a kayak, d boat or paddle boat, by partaking in a guided tour, or by learning to sail on it.

Hiking through the White Mountains, biking along New Hampshire's scenic roads or horse riding is the best way to take in the stunning seasonal landscapes. There are many interesting arts and crafts shops, museums and art galleries nearby. During the winter you can make the most of the five ski areas which are within close proximity of the manor.

At the manor itself, you can make use of the inviting heated swimming pool, play tennis, croquet or badminton. Or simple indulge in some pampering at the spa.

Location & Directions

New Hampshire, New England

The Manor on Golden Pond is set overlooking picturesque Lake Squarm just outside the charming village of Holderness, New Hampshire.

When to go

Fall is New Hampshire's most glorious season, though spring and summer are beautiful as well. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter can bring snow and ice-skating on the pond.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Manor on Golden Pond or take a look at our itineraries to New England

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