by Michael Blanding
One of the jewels of the White Mountain Valley, Stonehurst Manor is a former Gilded Age estate that has been turned into a luxury resort that oozes with Victorian charm and elegance. The grounds feature an outdoor pool and hot tub, access to hiking and biking trails, and beautiful views of Mount Washington. Rooms include fireplaces, Jacuzzis, or both; and some include mountain views. Breakfast and dinner at one of the best restaurants in the Valley are included in the rates, making the resort a surprisingly good value.
Our Editor Loves
- Victorian elegance throughout
- Breakfast and dinner included
- Outdoor pool and Jacuzzi
- Free Breakfast
- Onsite Dining
We just came home from our fourth stay at Stonehurst in the past 2 years. We absolutely love it there! We have always stayed on the second floor and love Room 22 the best. We love the peacefulness of the grounds and the manor house and is very quiet at night. Coming down for martinis before dinner has become a favorite part of our night. We are slowly working our way through the dinner menu all being delicious. I have a big shout out to Torri, Kyle and Mia, they have made our dining a pleasure. Everyone there has made our stay special. It is like stepping back into another time and that we love. We booked this morning for July and are looking forward to our return. Thank you for another great stay, Denise Nagy and Glenn Handley
I had been looking forward to staying at the Manor for many years and finally had the opportunity at the beginning of November. The building and its setting is impressive and my room (23) was beyond spacious and was much as described in the hotel website. Although there are windows on 3 walls, the room was poorly lit and the only lighting were inadequate table lamps. The bathroom, too, is large and the queen-size bed was very comfortable. However, the claim of "luxurious amenities" is quite overblown as the only "luxuries" I could see was an illuminated old makeup mirror in the bathroom, plus two minuscule bars of soap and one small vial each of shampoo and conditioner (but apparently no fire sprinklers in the bedroom?). And why there is a (small) TV in the bathroom is beyond me as it is almost impossible to see from the bath. We had some drinks in the lounge on both nights but unfortunately the hors d'ouevres were nothing special and were served on the first night by staff who looked as if they would prefer to be somewhere else (their attitude was much better the following night!). In addition, The Wild Rose restaurant was a very poor experience (subject of a separate review) and the overall experience was not worth the cost.
I had not intended to write a review but my mind was changed by an incident as I was checking out. I queried the dining room bill for the first of our 2 nights and found that the waiter had taken it upon himself to include a tip - I had left the restaurant without signing the bill as, after a long wait, none had been presented to me and I thought nothing of it as dinner was included in the room rate and I was staying another night, so it was unlikely I would abscond without paying. I raised the matter of the tip with the manager, saying that I wouldn't have been that generous as the service didn't warrant $20 plus. The manager showed no interest in the matter even though the waiter had committed what amounted to credit card fraud (as I was informed by a police captain later) so I left in disgust, anxious to be on my way. I will not be returning and should I want to stay in the area I would return to the glorious Wentworth Inn in nearby Jackson.