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Lying in a leafy clearing above the shores of one of Britain’s most iconic lakes sits The Ryebeck. A beautiful, peaceful and unpretentious country house, The Ryebeck is a place to kick back, relax and enjoy the informal friendly, home from home atmosphere.
Standard Bedrooms, which are, with two exceptions, situated in the main hotel. Because of the age and layout of such an old House they are the snuggest of our bedrooms with very limited views of the grounds. We have three Cosy Bedrooms, situated on either the first or the second floor. These are lovely quiet rooms, which benefit from a partial view of the grounds. Jolly Good rooms are on the ground floor with their own secluded patio area. Our Superb Bedrooms are situated either on the ground floor with their own private patios or upstairs with views over the grounds. These rooms are slightly larger than the other rooms and have either a large walk in shower or bath with shower over. Grand Rooms we named after the local Cumbrian dialect for excellent. These three bedrooms are the largest and most popular of all our bedrooms, with a large window overlooking Windermere. In each room there is a large six foot bed, double ended tub in the en suite, and a couple of easy chairs to relax into with a cup of Lakeland tea and a homemade biscuit!
Dinner in our terrace restaurant overlooking Lake Windermere has long been a Lake District tradition. Dominic Clarke’s superb food combined with our warm hospitality and ambience provide a wonderful dining experience. Our 4-course Dinner is served every night from 6.30pm until 9.00pm and includes canapés and freshly made bread. We also serve a modern take on the traditional Sunday lunch every week from 12.00pm until 2.15pm.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Cable/Satellite TV channels
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Name: WINDERMERE
- Distance: 3.4 miles
- Nearest Rail Name: Windermere Distance: 3.4 miles
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1091 reviews
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Stay Date: 04/2018, Enjoyablexperience wrote this review.
Easy to find and park. Quite dark inside (though could have been due to the clouds and rain outside) and a few tables messy with previous cups/saucers/plates/serviettes... Long time waiting- served with drinks and then still waiting again for the foo… See more
Easy to find and park. Quite dark inside (though could have been due to the clouds and rain outside) and a few tables messy with previous cups/saucers/plates/serviettes... Long time waiting- served with drinks and then still waiting again for the food. Drinks were good but the amount of coffee was only just enough. Food was again good but there was not much there! Scones were delicious but the other cakes were barely delectable- with little taste. Yet, I'm glad we went because I had a coupon which made the price 2 persons for 1. It would have been pricey otherwise. Collapse
Lovely food. Drinks a rip-off and a thank you would be nice !!
Stay Date: 04/2018, sherry a wrote this review.
Booked via Groupon Paid £29 for x2 courses and a glass each of prosecco Made booking on line. Said it was for a birthday and that we wouldn’t require any alcohol Was shown promptly to table in a lovely modern room facing the fantastic view out to … See more
Booked via Groupon Paid £29 for x2 courses and a glass each of prosecco Made booking on line. Said it was for a birthday and that we wouldn’t require any alcohol Was shown promptly to table in a lovely modern room facing the fantastic view out to lake Windermere Prosecco delivered to table. Ok we’ll have it then Ordered a pint of Diet Coke and a pint of lime and soda Food was a set menu. Choices appealing to us Hubby ordered a squid and prawn salad and I ordered the leek and potato soup Salad was lovely. My soup was lukewarm. Came with a massive piece of rock hard butter and a small square of bread. A bit of salt and pepper and you could taste what it was Main course - my husband was delivered a great, tasty bowl of pasta and I had a delicious lukewarm chicken breast with some squirts of mashed potato, and carrots on a carrot mash. Would have been delicious if it was as hot as the plate The salad we asked for as an extra was leaves, cucumber some strange tomatoes and chopped red peppers. £4 Note that 10% is added to the bill - although you can ask for this for be removed. We didn’t and added a further £3 for the tip representing the 10% of the Groupon price The young lady - pleasant enough, picked it up without so much as a thank you Charged £2.25 EACH for x2 diet cokes which didn’t fill the glass Charged £2.25 EACH for x2 “soda” and 50p for the lime. REALLY ???!!!! Making a lime and soda 3/4 of the up the glass £5.00 !!!!!!! The food is nice enough. The Groupon gave us a chance to try this hotel that I’ve heard so much about - but the soft drinks are a rip off and there was no atmosphere in the restaurant We “checked in on Facebook” with the words BIRTHDAY MEAL - the Ryebeck LIKED the post whilst we were there - but no one bothered to check if we were enjoying the meal or even to wish hubby a happy birthday On the way out - we were shown to the disabled toilet “under the stairs”. It was very clean but sadly no towel to warm your hands on Ryebeck- if you read this - please soften your butter - I had to slice it onto my bread please season your soup please send out hot food And please say thank you when you are given a tip !! Collapse
Nice Hotel, but Additional Charge leaves sour taste
Stay Date: 04/2018, secret900 wrote this review.
Recently we had 3 night trip to Windermere stopping at The Ryebeck, as previous paying guests we love this hotel and find it ideally located being just a 10 minute walk away to Bowness lake, so we book here quite often. Sadly this time we left feeli… See more
Recently we had 3 night trip to Windermere stopping at The Ryebeck, as previous paying guests we love this hotel and find it ideally located being just a 10 minute walk away to Bowness lake, so we book here quite often. Sadly this time we left feeling a little uncomfortable, by having automatic charges added to our bill, which I felt embarrassed to challenge. The price we paid for our stay included Dinner (up to £37.50pp) and B&B so obviously we knew drinks were in addition and therefor chargeable. Thing is on the 1st & 2nd night went great we had drinks with dinner and post drinks also, but after dinner on our 3rd night one the waitresses hand us a bill/receipt for us to look at, I asked "what's this" she explained it was our bill for that night and we had to check and agree it was right, it showed our dinner all itemised (which was well within the £37.50 ea) and itemised drinks, all of which came to just over £80, but it had a service change of £8.00 odd added.... the girl explained this made up of 10% of your night bill and covers staff tips !!! although it was optional and you don't have to pay it if you don't want to, either way just let reception staff know what you decide when paying your bill, I then asked how is this worked out because I didn't get anything like this on the first two night so why just tonight? Also I explained that the cost of Dinner was included in my stay so surely any service charge could only be applied to additional costs i.e. our drink.....the poor girl couldn't really answer my concerns, so I left it and said I'll see reception about it. This turned quite an enjoyable night into a very frustrating night, and left us baffled trying to understand how on earth this system works, it's really not for the fact they want to charge me an additional £8 or £9 (if I couldn't afford that I wouldn't be stopping there) for me it was all about the principal of it all. Eventually when leaving our final bill was presented at reception, this had the £8+ charge marked as 10% Discetionary Service and also a £1 Brathay Trust charge (which goes to charity), and although I wanted to challenge at this point I actually felt quite uncomfortable to do so over a fairly trivial amount so I simply paid and left. To make things worse we did have several issues this time regarding level of service from staff which I won't go into (life's just to short) but we accept sometimes things do go wrong so we let these things slip and didn't complain, as I personally wouldn't want to get staff members into trouble by snitching on their pitfalls, but to be asked to pay for poor service is just not on. I can imagine not many people will challenge the service charge although I think if it is to be applied in any way it needs to be upfront and very clear (maybe in small print on the website even) because it will leave a sour taste when it comes as a surprise, and I quite agree with a previous review I've seen, if The Ryebeck really need to do this to boost staff wages why on earth don't they just pay the staff what they're worth. Collapse
Wonderful from start to finish
Stay Date: 03/2018, faye c wrote this review.
Thank you so much for having our family to stay. We stayed in two rooms for two nights with our son aged 4 and baby girl who was 6 months. Firstly this hotel is more like a staffed home , it’s casual low key but gorgeous. The staff are so kind and … See more
Thank you so much for having our family to stay. We stayed in two rooms for two nights with our son aged 4 and baby girl who was 6 months. Firstly this hotel is more like a staffed home , it’s casual low key but gorgeous. The staff are so kind and friendly. They couldn’t do enough for us. We had cream tea on arrival , the scones where warm freshly baked and delicious! Our little boy couldn’t get enough of them. We sat in the lounge area on the lovely sofas with lots of space. The rooms are lovely and traditional, spotlessly clean. We had plenty of space. The staff where so friendly and accommodating they even let us change rooms as we needed a bath to help with the bedtime routines! Thank you so much! We also had dinner in the hotel both nights once in the restaurant and as room service (after a very full on day) both meals where divine! They where so happy to chop and change the dishes to suit our son and they where very happy to help warm up baby food/bring extra spoons and bowls for our little girl. We spent hours playing dinosaur cards in the lounge in the following day, with really attentive staff surrounded by beautiful views. Thank you for making our very special family trip even more special. If I was to sum up the hotel I’d say it was Welcoming, relaxing, fabulous food, wonderful staff and we will definitely be going back. (Our son asked if we could live there!) Thank you to the whole team! Collapse
Tips and charity donations should not be on your bill.
Stay Date: 03/2018, mumof3300 wrote this review.
This wasn't our first stay at the Ryebeck. The staff were as friendly and welcoming as usual, and our stay was as relaxing as ever. Unfortunately our room seemed to be above the kitchens as we had, what sounded like, a dishwasher whirring until 11pm.… See more
This wasn't our first stay at the Ryebeck. The staff were as friendly and welcoming as usual, and our stay was as relaxing as ever. Unfortunately our room seemed to be above the kitchens as we had, what sounded like, a dishwasher whirring until 11pm. As I was checking out my hubby was putting a large donation into a charity box in reception. At the same time the receptionist was handing me a bill with a £1 donation to the same charity on the bill. Also on the bill was nearly £10 in tips for the staff. The receptionist offered to removed them and print another bill but this made me feel uncomfortable so I refused. Firstly, charity donations should be voluntary - not expected and added to your bill. Secondly, we were at the hotel less than 24 hours and had minimal contact with the staff. I didn't feel that anyone was deserving of a tip for that little time and contact. If the hotel owner feels that the staff are not paid enough they should increase their wages, not 'chug' the guests. The way in which that bill was handled left a bitter taste, so I won't be returning. Collapse
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