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)
9. 1 on ground floor, 7 en suite, 2 with separate private bathroom.
all year except Christmas.
2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), veranda, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
per room B&B single £75–£127, double £99–£190. Set dinner £38. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.