Ees Wyke Country House

Near Sawrey, Cumbria

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. More

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)

Hotel details

Address

Near Sawrey
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0JZ
England

Telephone

01539 436393

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, 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 £85–£145, double £99–£195. Set dinner £38. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.