Posted 21st Jan 2016
Overlooking the breathtaking waters of Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District in Cumbria, The Ryebeck Hotel promises a peaceful place to rest your head whilst exploring all that this scenic corner of England has to offer
Set in five acres of grounds, the building dates back to 1904, built by G.H. Pattinson for Mr Fayrer-Clark and his family, long before it became a hotel. When the occupiers of the house died in 1948 the house was bequeathed to the ladies of Windermere and Bowness, later becoming a retirement home before it was sold in 1990, going on to open as a luxury bed and breakfast.
Since then the charming country house has been extensively renovated and expanded to include more rooms and a stunning restaurant, today boasting 26 bedrooms ranging from 'single', 'standard', 'cosy' and 'jolly good' rooms to the luxurious 'superb' and 'grand' rooms offering lake views, double ended bath tubs and huge, comfy beds.
Flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and homemade biscuits are just some of the amenities on offer to guests, whilst downstairs a light and airy lounge with views out to Windermere welcomes guests to relax with a brew or indulge in afternoon tea, whilst next door an opulent lounge and bar area offers a comfortable place to enjoy a tipple as you browse the menu before dinner.
The Ryebeck has earned itself a reputation for fantastic food thanks to its Head Chef Dominic Clarke who has created two interesting menus: The Ryebeck, offering more unusual dishes taking inspiration from around the globe, and the classic menu offering traditional British dishes with a twist, both served in the elegant terrace restaurant. Menus change with the seasons but might include the likes of roasted golden beetroot with sorbet and candied carpaccio, a traditional hot pot, Cartmel Valley venison with parsnip, scorched cabbage and hazelnut, or Cumbrian belly pork with sticky pigs cheek, roast shallots, rainbow chard and a sage quaver, whilst dessert may include chocolate and mint warm mousse, rice pudding soufflé, and mille-feuille with hay-baked apple, cinnamon, caramelised puff pastry and sorbet.
After a restful night's sleep breakfast is not to be missed with a range of homemade pastries, fresh fruits, yoghurts and cereals for guests to help themselves to, whilst hearty cooked options including a classic Cumbrian breakfast and tasty vegetarian alternative are also on offer. Feeling full and ready to start the day, there's plenty to tempt you in the nearby area, from picturesque walks around the grounds to the nearby Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, whilst Bowness-on-Windermere is a pleasant 20 minute stroll away and has a wealth of shops, restaurants, cafés and attractions to explore, including Windermere Lake Cruises.
Whether you want an action-packed walking holiday or a peaceful break soaking up the Lakes' natural beauty, The Ryebeck promises a comfortable place to kick off your shoes and relax at the end of a busy day.
Visit www.ryebeck.com to find out more or to book a stay.
By Natalie Crofts