Ees Wyke Country House

Ambleside, Cumbria

‘Strongly endorsed by readers this year: ‘The exceptional ambience of this very fine English country house hotel reflects Richard Lee’s personal, multi-talented approach. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Strongly endorsed by readers this year: ‘The exceptional ambience of this very fine hotel reflects Richard Lee’s personal, multi-talented approach.’ The Georgian country house overlooking Esthwaite Water once welcomed Beatrix Potter into its comfortable embrace. So enamoured was she, that, after three family holidays she bought a farmhouse nearby. Today, Ees Wyke is liked just as well by visitors, as much for its ‘stunning location, lovely rooms and superb food’ as the ‘excellent hospitality’ provided by ‘a small but tremendously effective local team’. ‘A club-like atmosphere’ pervades at dinner as ‘guests engage in polite, stimulating conversations (an increasingly uncommon feature in many hotels)’ over dishes from Richard’s daily-changing menu. For instance: butterfly trout with lemon parsley butter; slow-cooked local beef. The dining room and the best bedrooms offer far-reaching lake panoramas. ‘Our light, comfortable room came with a powerful en suite shower, fresh milk and fantastic views.’ A minor quibble: thieves’ coat-hangers. The award-winning breakfast includes home-made pastries and marmalade, and local sausages. (Stephen and Pauline Glover, J and IS)

Hotel details

Address

Near Sawrey
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0JZ
England

Telephone

015394 36393

Bedrooms

9. 1 on ground floor, 
7 en suite, 2 with separate private bathroom.

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), veranda, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £75–£127, double £99–£190. Set dinner £38. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.