There are no mid points on Trip Advisor's scale, but Ryokan Beniayu is 4.5 stars .
The Ryokan looks the same as and not worse then its Management photos which is an achievement. Their views are among the prettiest among the Ryokans I have visited.
It is situated at Lake Biwako offering views of serenity and relaxation . Driving from Kyoto is roughly 2 hours and on the way, you can choose to check out one of many sights of the region eg Hikone .
The whole staff are courteous including the chief, Mr Yamamoto and the various waitresses. And do not expect too much contact apart from Check-in and meal times. But all Ryokan visitors are here for peace, great cuisine and nature enjoyment I guess? And few visitors need the staff to fuss over them.
Food is great and in keeping with the Ryokan standard .
Highly recommended .