Ees Wyke was built as a Lake District retreat for a Lancashire mill owner in 1742.

The name is drawn from Norse meaning “east area” in relation to Esthwaite Water. An inlet on the nearby lake is known as Ees Wyke Bay. Wykes often refer to a slip of land while a Thwaite is a clearing in a wooded area.

The author, Beatrix Potter, stayed at Ees Wyke on several occasions when the family rented the house as a holiday home. The house was then known as Lakefield. Later she purchased nearby Hill Top Farm, the setting for six of her books of which the first was “The Tales of Peter Rabbit”. We know from her letters to her publisher that she stayed here while editing “The Tales of Peter Rabbit”.

Ees Wyke remained a private home until it was converted into a guest house. With comfort, care and good food it has gone from strength to strength and now receives commendations in all the principal guides.

You can sit out on the veranda and admire the views across the lake and fells with a cup of tea or, indeed, something stronger. What better way to unwind after a hard day relaxing! In the lounge you will find a good range of guide books and maps which you are free to use during your stay with us. If you are spoilt for choice we shall be delighted to offer assistance in choosing a walk or tour.