Cark Manor, as it is now known, was originally built in 1815 for James Newby, a wealthy landowner and became known as Cark Villa in around 1840. In 1901 substantial work was undertaken on the house, which was now known as ‘Winder’ and in 1911, Dr Wakefield installed his household, including servants and set up his surgery in the house. In fact, original ‘night bell’ is still evident outside the old surgery door.

By the time they moved out in the 1940’s the property had become known as Cark Manor and had three different owners, until it was purchased in 2004 by the current owners, the Haythornthwaite Family.

In 2006 the property underwent a substantial overhaul costing over £1,000,000 converting it into a five star, nine-bedroom conference and events centre for Mr Haythornthwaite’s company, as well as the weekend home for his friends and family. In 2020, a further renovation took place to upgrade The Lodge at the entrance, all the bedrooms and the extensive cellar areas. It was at this time the substantial garden renovations also started and is ongoing.

Main House sleeps up to 18 adults and there are two Lodges on the grounds sleeping a further four adults.

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Fairytale Location

Cark Manor is seductively tucked away in exquisitely landscaped grounds that provided a perfect private setting for our large family gathering. With beautifully appointed rooms and excellent help and advice from Cark’s Resident House Manager we felt our stay lacked for nothing. With the ability to host large groups Cark has perfectly balanced the luxury and size to create a unique atmosphere.


perfect place to celebrate with friends in pure luxury

we enjoyed our weekend at Cark Manor. The quality of the bedrooms, the lounges, the bar and the basement wine tasting rooms and snug were all superb.

The House Manager was very attentive in all communications and whilst we were at the Manor, making sure we enjoyed the facilities and had everything we needed during our stay.

All our guests commented what a wonderful place Cark Manor was to hold my celebration weekend. Faultless and superb attentive service from the House Manager added to the fun, positive atmosphere all weekend. I would also recommend our chef, Jon Fell who did a brilliant job of producing an amazing 5 course meal for us.

Thanks again and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Cark Manor as a perfect place to celebrate with friends in pure luxury.