Good Hotel Guide Review
More guest house than hotel, this Georgian country house overlooking Esthwaite Water has the feel of a comfortable family home, a bit lived-in – and what an outlook. There are spectacular views to the Langdale Pikes and Grizedale Forest (a scene painted by Beatrix Potter when she holidayed here). A stay here is ‘quite an intimate experience; you can’t help but get friendly with the staff and other guests’. Arriving visitors may be greeted by owner Richard Lee wearing his chef’s hat, ‘very friendly, despite being in the middle of preparing dinner’. He is a famously personable host, and ‘in a three-day stay, Ees Wyke exerted its considerable charm’. The staff are ‘approachable without being intrusive’. Bedrooms are traditionally styled, with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, complimentary sherry and Penhaligon toiletries. A limited-choice, locally sourced three-course dinner might include Morecambe Bay shrimps, lamb, and that great Lakeland invention, sticky toffee pudding. ‘Breakfasts were excellent, with a Loch Fyne kipper, smoked haddock and home-made croissants.’ (L Roberts, Lesley Hattersley, Andrew Butterworth)
9. 1 on ground floor, 7 en suite, 2 with separate private bathroom.
all year except Christmas.
2 lounges, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), veranda, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
per room B&B single £85–£145, double £99–£195. Set dinner £38. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.