The Ryebeck, Bowness on Windermere, is a magnificent country house hotel, which commands panoramic and inspirational views of Windermere and the Coniston Fells from the seclusion of its own mature wooded grounds.
The Ryebeck (known originally as Fayrer Holme) was built in 1904, on what was the Storrs Park Estate, by renowned local builders G.H. Pattinson, who created many of the unique and much admired Lake District Arts & Crafts houses.
These impressive properties were mostly built as holiday homes for wealthy northern industrialists seeking an escape from the towns and cities of their everyday work, on land readily available to purchase, these houses embraced a new sense of informality, simplicity and comfort suitable for this life of leisure.
The availability of local stone and slate, the beautiful scenery and the lure of water along the shores of Windermere provided the perfect setting, while an abundance of local labour and craftsmen ensured that these houses would be built to the highest standards.
Joseph Pattinson designed the original property for J.J. Clarke Esq, to include five bedrooms and a billiard room, set in five acres of grounds. Over the years this footprint was developed by successive owners.
Now no longer a private home the property has been thoroughly transformed into a contemporary but unpretentious country house hotel, which boasts an informal yet elegant lounge replete with deep sofas in which to settle back and relax. There is also a cosy bar, which boasts a dazzling array of drinks, the perfect place to relax before dinner.
Each of the 24 bedrooms is individually decorated, with elegantly appointed bathrooms, comfy beds dressed in wonderfully luxurious linens, the perfect thing to ensure you have a good night’s sleep. The hotel also boasts a superb restaurant, which is fast becoming a must dine location on Cumbria’s foodie trail.
Fine food coupled with warm hospitality and the ambience of the ‘Lake View’ dining room makes for a wonderful culinary experience. The perfect place to indulge in Head Chef Chris Lee’s 'Ryebeck Lunch' menu, which is brim full of tempting light bites, sharing platters and a la carte indulgences or delight in his scrumptious dinner offerings, which feature in ‘The Ryebeck’ menu.
Perhaps you just fancy indulging in a tempting treat or two, if that’s the case then just simply enjoy relaxing in the lounge and tucking into one of the hotel’s renowned afternoon teas, with freshly prepared sandwiches, a selection of exquisite cakes, teas and infusions.
The Ryebeck is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the friendly, home-from-home atmosphere, whilst allowing you the opportunity to indulge your taste buds and savour the wonderful landscapes the Lake District and the surrounding areas have to offer.