Irini Tzortzoglou – UK MasterChef Champion 2019

Born in a small village on the island of Crete, unsurprisingly her earliest childhood memories are centred around the abundant fresh produce to be found on the island, home-cooking and a home full of people.In 1980 Irini moved to London where she enjoyed a banking career in the City for over 30 years. During her career she combined her work with professional (Banking Diploma) and academic (History of Art, Architecture & Design degree) studies as well as hobbies such as interior design and theatre, being both a legal director and leading lady of a London based Greek theatre company.In 2010, Irini and her husband John left the financial world and moved to the sleepy but foodie village of Cartmel, on the fringes of the Lake District. In 2019 Irini’s life changed significantly after being crowned UK MasterChef Champion, and it’s been a whirlwind since.Since her win, she has become immersed in Greek food. January 2020, saw her train as an Olive Oil Sommelier and in July 2020, her acclaimed debut book Under The Olive Tree (recipes from my Greek kitchen) was published, she is currently writing her second.Irini’s recipes regularly appear in the Greek and UK press, and she can often be found delivering olive oil tastings, key note talks, undertaking cooking demos or catering for special events across the country.

At Cark Manor we have set the bar very high, and every aspect of your stay will be in the capable hands of our on-site house manager, who can either be at your beck and call or stay discreetly in the background, whichever you prefer.

Enquiries are invited by speaking directly with us on 015395 59520.


No, it’s available on an exclusive basis only.

Yes, you can bring your own, and make use of our state of the art kitchen’s and dining areas. If you would prefer, we can introduce one of our exclusive partners to attend to all your catering needs or provide cleaning and laundry services.

Cark Manor has an amazing bar with large open log fire and there are three basic bar packages available. Alternatively, we can provide a bespoke offering to suit your particular needs or tastes. We also have a magnificent wine cellar featuring some of the finest wines from around the world. Wines can be purchased as you require throughout your stay or you can pre-order your favourites in advance.


The minimum stay at The Manor is three days and prices start from £4,860.

The Manor is provided as is and ready to go. For three or four night stays, one set of fresh towels is provided and for seven night stays or longer, we change the bedlinen once a week – usually mid stay. Other than this, anything can be provided at a cost, and we are happy to try and accommodate all your wishes.