History of The Ryebeck in Bowness-on-Windermere

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.

Originally known as Fayrer Holme, the property was built in 1904, on what was formerly part of 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.