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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
To view our full selection of accommodation in Windermere & South Lakes, view our hotels in Windermere & South Lakes page.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1202 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Third Visit - Familiar Surroundings - But Different Experience.
Stay Date: 06/2019, J_LWigan wrote this review.
We have just returned from our third stay at the Ryebeck. The hotel looks the same as always, the grounds are as we remembered. We were welcomed professionally and shown to our room. The room was nice and had everything we needed in it, albeit no ba… See more
We have just returned from our third stay at the Ryebeck. The hotel looks the same as always, the grounds are as we remembered. We were welcomed professionally and shown to our room. The room was nice and had everything we needed in it, albeit no bath. The dual shower more than made up for that though. We had booked in for dinner, bed and breakfast. The dinner menu was good, our food selection was well presented and delicious. Breakfast was very good, hot and well presented. The coffee was also very good. We were hoping to sit in the raised area at the far end of the restaurant, which has the best views. Unfortunately this area is now dedicated to the cereal and juice section. None of the staff were there from our previous two visits, so there has either been a change of management or simply all of the staff have moved on. We missed some of the friendly staff we remembered from our previous visits. Collapse
Delicious Afternoon Tea
Stay Date: 06/2019, Tanisha0305 wrote this review.
We spent the afternoon at the Ryebeck and had their afternoon tea. We had our afternoon tea overlooking the gardens and lake which was lovely even in the rain! There was a good variety of food and it was delicious! The hotel from what we saw had a lo… See more
We spent the afternoon at the Ryebeck and had their afternoon tea. We had our afternoon tea overlooking the gardens and lake which was lovely even in the rain! There was a good variety of food and it was delicious! The hotel from what we saw had a lovely decor and was very clean. The staff were very helpful when our red letter days voucher wouldn't work and Zoe in particular went above and beyond to sort it all out for us! We look forward to visiting again! Collapse
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Stay Date: 06/2019, jexthetraveller wrote this review.
We stayed here after booking on line and checking reviews. I was very disappointed to say the least. The room which I booked was extremely small, it was the standard double room on the listing. The heater did not work. The toiletries are only replace… See more
We stayed here after booking on line and checking reviews. I was very disappointed to say the least. The room which I booked was extremely small, it was the standard double room on the listing. The heater did not work. The toiletries are only replaced by payment of an extra fee. The little hand soap ran out quickly. The shower heads are so narrow you can barely get a decent shower. The staff on reception apart from Zoe who was excellent were uninformed. Could not tell us how to get to Beatrix Potter’s house. The dining room, food and staff were very good. We both had sore backs as the beds were hard. The place is dog friendly, they were everywhere. Finally the location is not central and about a mile or 1.5 k off the main area. Collapse
Stunning garden and lake views
Stay Date: 06/2019, Geogou wrote this review.
This is a lovely period manor hotel typical of the Lakes District. We stayed in a lovely grand room overlooking the gardens and lake. It roomy, clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was modern and included a large bath. Service was very good and… See more
This is a lovely period manor hotel typical of the Lakes District. We stayed in a lovely grand room overlooking the gardens and lake. It roomy, clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was modern and included a large bath. Service was very good and the morning breakfast more than adequate. The hotel is located about a 20 minute walk outside the town with easy access to the lake. Convenient free parking and wifi was included. Would recommend this hotel to future visitors. Collapse
The new chef dazzles
Stay Date: 02/2019, PaulN2945 wrote this review.
I’ve got my back to the restaurant and I feel rude, but I quickly stop caring. I’ve just pulled up outside The Ryebeck restaurant and rooms in the sensational Lake District. Which boasts views akimbo of lake Windermere and is (I can only reason) in … See more
I’ve got my back to the restaurant and I feel rude, but I quickly stop caring. I’ve just pulled up outside The Ryebeck restaurant and rooms in the sensational Lake District. Which boasts views akimbo of lake Windermere and is (I can only reason) in a ramblers, and of course a foodies paradise. From a restaurants point of view to stand out in The Lake District must be much like a bird of paradise displaying its plumage to a prospective mate. And to continue my planet earth like analogy- here in this harsh environment there is plenty of competition. Even in the immediate family of The Ryebeck- Hipping Hall and The Forest Side, there are potential rivals for my affection. But as a display of plumage goes- getting a certain Nick Edgar on board is certainly an enticement. You’d be forgiven, when looking at the striking hotel, of thinking of it a little old fashioned. But you’d also be wrong. The interior is warm, classic yes, but welcoming, inviting, somewhere where even on a cold winters day (on which I am visiting) the sun can still shine through the glass of the restaurant to give something very special. We’re sat with our backs to the restaurant and I feel a little rude, but soon the sun kindly beats again and the sheer splendour of Cumbria is in the spot light once more. When it comes to the food Nick has spoken about a ‘reinvention’ of himself. It’s a far departure from what he became known for at the Samling and a return to the classics. Portions are generous and prices are exceptionally reasonable- a three course lunch is £15 a head. When the first course arrives it immediately catches my eye. A towering salad with a wintery edge. Complete with pear, pickled onions, celeriac and truffle. The pickle bursts in my mouth giving excitement, crisp vegetables give texture. There’s cheese there too- I mean come on!!! After what appears to be a late substitution the next dish comes out. It looks fantastic from word go. It’s pan fried fois gras- yes fois gras. Before you get all animal rights on me it’s not something I have had for a very long time and it’s also not something I have particularly enjoyed before. But there’s a first time for everything because this dish is a bobby dazzler. Between sticky balsamic and the pineapple purée there is flavour of the fois gras. It’s smooth and rich, there’s a pineapple that’s been finished on the plancha too. It’s absolutely excellent. Chef Nick soon tells me it’s the dish that has followed him everywhere and I can easily understand why. Rich creamy mushroom risotto comes next followed by some simply cooked fish with crispy skin and some almost spicy polenta. The food is classic but given twists one would expect from a chef of high standards. Finally it’s pudding and by all things 1960’s it’s Blancmange. But it isn’t just Blancmange- it’s chocolatey complete with poached pears and different textures of chocolate plus some added nuts for all round goodness. It’s an excellent and light way to finish the meal which leaves me suitably stuffed and impressed. Talking to Nick later he talks about the solid foundation he was given from his time at Le Manior in Oxfordshire and that is evident here. The food is on the face of it extremely simple with nods to classic cookery, however every dish is given the Nick Edgar seeing too. Which in this case ensures flavour, balance and just enough clever cheffery to enjoy but not too much to loathe. Reflecting on his choice to join The Ryebeck, Chef Edgar says it’s a project, and I’d agree, to make this place stand out against the pure behemoths in the area is going to be a task. However I am fully confident he is the right man for the job. Fantastic meal Collapse
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