Near Sawrey

Ees Wyke Country House

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Krystina Rees
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Why We Love It

  • This AA-5-Silver-Star-awarded guesthouse has lake views and "charming" lounges (The AA) with open fires
  • It was once a holiday home of Beatrix Potter, and 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
(132 Member Ratings)
"The peaceful, beautiful setting overlooking Esthwaite Water."
Mar 12, 2018
Oldham, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

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. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Ees Wyke Country House 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, where a "warm welcome awaits" (The AA).

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 in fact 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. There's 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, which is closed for winter, 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
  • Internet access


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


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

Enjoyed This
(132 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ees Wyke Country House over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The peaceful, beautiful setting overlooking Esthwaite Water.
Other Comments
The sherry awaiting us in our room on arrival was a lovely touch and the rest of our stay was equally impressive. The staff were friendly and helpful and the dinner and breakfast were delicious. Access by car to other towns in the South Lakes is easy. Alternatively, if you don't want to drive, there are walks and cycle routes galore in the area and you can also catch the nearby ferry across Windermere to Bowness. We will definitely consider returning to Ees Wyke.
Philip Mar 12, 2018 Oldham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Lakes hospitality, fantastic food. Special thanks to Karola, we enjoyed our trek up Latterbarrow!
Sandra Mar 05, 2018 Mold, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The amazing views and meals provided in the beautiful restaurent looking over the lake.
Other Comments
A hidden gem of true luxury
angela Feb 27, 2018 Barnoldswick, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was really beautiful and so peaceful we loved it. The owner was very helpful and so were the staff.
Other Comments
Everything was great we could not fault it.
Margery Mar 01, 2018 Durham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Views and food
Other Comments
Friendly and helpful staff
margaret Feb 25, 2018 Barnsley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Meeting the chef and talking through cooking tips together
Other Comments
This is a beautiful traditional country house, if you want modern motel facilities it's not for you.
Joan Mar 03, 2018 Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance of the country house but really difficult to pinpoint just one aspect
Other Comments
Everything was superb.........from the room , the Staff , Richard's cooking , the tranquillity , the setting , the lacking in stress!
Linda Feb 03, 2018 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The views are superlative.
Cliff Feb 23, 2018 neston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Host Richard, Caroline, and Karolla were so welcoming, friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel special.
Other Comments
The country house is superb and the views are spectacular. The food is absolutely delicious and would recommend that guests book for dinner cooked by Richard and is mouth wateringly superb. Due to unforeseen circumstances we could not have dinner on the second night but Caroline booked us in at the Sun Inn and Karolla very kindly drove us there and collected us to take us back - how is that for service! However given the chance we would have stayed at EE’s Wyke for dinner it cannot be bettered.
Lesley Feb 25, 2018 Great Harwood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast menu was very extensive, cooked to order and the quality of the food was excellent.
Tracy Feb 15, 2018 Castleford|, United Kingdom

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