Born as an orphanage and bequeathed to the town of Kendal in the middle of the 19th century, today Stonecross Manor Hotel is a sumptuous, comfortable retreat on the edge of a bustling market town, in an area of unsurpassed beauty and serenity. Stonecross Manor Hotel's bedrooms combine old-fashioned charm and the finest modern amenities. For a truly luxurious stay, book a four-poster room or a suite with its own spa bath. Named after Catherine Parr, the sixth of Henry VIII's wives who was born and grew up in Kendal Castle - and a landmark on even the local's culinary road map - Catherine's Restaurant serves up a mouth watering menu of traditional dishes using only fresh local produce. Enjoy an aperitif or a night cap in the Westmorland Gazette Bar, a cosy and intimate watering hole, its walls covered with photographs of the region and its people. Stonecross Manor Hotel is both an idyllic place to unwind and an ideal base from which to explore the area's breathtaking beauty - the ancient market towns and castles, the crystal lakes, the serene woodlands, the undulating hills and valleys. Wildlife abounds and the area is a paradise for birdwatchers and for walkers of all ages.