Near Sawrey

Ees Wyke Country House

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Why We Love It

  • This AA-5-Silver-Star guesthouse has lake views and "charming" lounges (The AA) with open fires
  • Beatrix Potter and her family holidayed here several times; her former home, Hill Top, is a couple of minutes' walk away
  • The dining room holds an AA Rosette and uses local produce

Enjoyed This
(121 Member Ratings)
"Excellent cuisine in a lovely country hotel, dining in both nights of our stay."
Jan 12, 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Parking is free. The property is a 20-minute drive from the A590 and the A591, which link to the M6. The closest railway stations are Windermere and Grange-over-Sands, both about 30 minutes away by taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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"A warm welcome awaits" (The AA) at Ees Wyke Country House, which sits on a hillside overlooking Esthwaite Water, one of the Lake District's lesser-known and smaller lakes. The property remained a private residence until 1976, and retains many home comforts inside.

It is in the village of Near Sawrey, a huddle of stone houses surrounded by countryside, and home to National Trust property Hill Top, which Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her stories. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was completed while Potter was staying at Ees Wyke.

Hawkshead, home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery (the shop is open year-round), and a 16th-century church that sits on the site of a Norse chapel, is a 5-minute drive away. You can walk the 4.5 miles from Near Sawrey to the Latterbarrow monument, 800 feet above sea level. It is not an intense hike, and there are far-reaching views of the fells from the top.

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery is also a 5-minute drive away, or a 20-minute walk along country lanes, and it offers boat and bank fishing. It has a fishing tackle shop, and fly-fishing tuition is available. Grizedale Forest -- with its sprawling woodland and scenic trails -- is a 15-minute drive, as is Wray Castle. The castle is closed for winter from 11 November, but the grounds are free to roam.

You can watch the sun set over the lake from the terrace, or leaf through maps of the local area by the fire in one of the lounges. Breakfast includes sausages from local farms and homemade bread, and there's a 5-course dinner menu that changes daily, but book dinner in advance to avoid disappointment. There are eight bedrooms, some with views of Coniston Old Man or the Langdale Pikes.

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  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Internet access


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 2:30pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cots/cribs and extra beds are not available. Children aged 11 and under are not permitted.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: If guests would like to book dinner at the restaurant, please call the hotel directly upon booking. Any meals other than breakfast are not included in the Travelzoo Deal - 2-Night Package or the Travelzoo Deal - 3-Night Package.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(121 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ees Wyke Country House over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent cuisine in a lovely country hotel, dining in both nights of our stay.
Other Comments
The hotel staff were welcoming and courteous at all times, nothing too much trouble and informative about the area. Nothing to fault or criticise whatsoever. The room was clean, comfortable with little extras - appreciated and definitely a hotel to watch out for.
Vivien Jan 12, 2019 Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything , especially the food
Other Comments
Can’t fault the hotel , views to die for ! Food excellent best breakfast , the staff and the owner were very chatty and nice people had
Michael Jan 12, 2019 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, food, staff, views, walks, Richard the owner, small 9 bedrooms, beautiful Georgian house, nothing is too much trouble,
Other Comments
One visit is not enough, you will want to visit again and again and again. Amazing!!!
Alan Jan 10, 2019 Crewe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Home from home !
A Christine Jan 05, 2019 Bradford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
I loved the traditional period feel of the hotel. The food was outstanding as was the scenery and the welcome. Lovely all round.
Catherine Dec 22, 2018 Ripley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
angela Dec 20, 2018 Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, good food
Tom Dec 13, 2018 MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly service, very homely atmosphere, excellent food.
Stephen Dec 12, 2018 Lytham Saint Annes, United Kingdom
Other Comments
I fell ill on Saturday night prior to my Sunday booking. My partner rang the hotel on Sunday 9 Dec am to ask if it was possible to change the booking to a later date and was abruptly told NO. I was admitted into hospital on Monday morning 10Dec and I was kept in until late yesterday. I would have thought my extenuating circumstances would have facilitated some empathy from the man who took my partner’s call but apparently he was quite abrupt in his retort.. I can only say I would never even dream of visiting this hotel now and I will never use Travel Zoo again
Ian Dec 12, 2018 Horbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It is simply a wonderful place to stay. Delicious food, delightful staff. Lovely sitting room with a splendid coal fire. The breakfast buffet is probably the nicest we have ever been offered. A super place.
Anne Dec 12, 2018 Lancaster, United Kingdom

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