Another Place, Lake District
Want to get some downtime without going horizontal?
This Lakes getaway specialises in active relaxation
The Lake District attracts more than 15 million visitors a year and it’s not hard to see why with its breathtaking scenery and variety of activities. This description could be as easily applied to Another Place (aside from the 15 million visitors one assumes - unless it’s doing really well). Sitting high enough on the banks of Lake Ullswater to enjoy spectacular views, this chic resort-style take on contemporary grandeur ekes out every advantage of its 18-acre parkland location and watery surrounds. Kayaking, paddle-boarding and wild swimming are all options for the more physically willing of guests. (The luxury spa caters perfectly for those at the other end of the spectrum.)
The original Georgian House, with a contemporary wing containing the swimming pool, small spa and additional bedrooms, takes this property to 40 bedrooms in total. We stayed in the aforementioned wing with spacious, vaguely Scandi-chic style rooms enjoying stunning views of the Lake, even from the soaker bath. Add to the bubble bath views lovely little touches like fresh milk in the mini fridge and a seemingly unending supply of Tunnock’s Tea Cakes in the room and you can start to understand why relaxing in this place isn’t a tricky task.
The hotel is part of the group behind the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall and there is definitely an informal friendly feel about the place. The ethos is ‘active relaxation’ and it’s up to each guest to place the emphasis on whichever word they choose.
This is most definitely a dog-and-familyfriendly hotel (baby monitors are available for dog owners too) but that doesn’t deter adults possessing neither of those staying at the hotel. On our visit we guessed it was around 50/50. The layout is thoughtful enough that everyone feels catered for, from wellies in the hallway to the Kid’s
Club (boasting Ofsted status) and fully equipped teenager zones to the rear of the property. Whilst the dogs don’t have their own space, they are welcome everywhere except in the more formal of the two dining rooms, the Rampsbeck. The area known as The Living Space doubles as an informal
restaurant and bar and welcomes children and dogs and leads out onto the terrace. As we visited on a dry weekend, we took full advantage, enjoying a nightcap looking up at the stars dappled across those wide Lakes’ skies.
The daily ‘Whats On’ board in reception, passed on the way to breakfast, gives details of local walks as well as activities ranging from paddle boarding to archery and what’s available in the Kids Zone and Swim Club. We found the reception staff really helpful in planning our days with useful local knowledge. We did book a paddle boarding session, but despite the sunshine, there was a breeze on the lake and the session was cancelled. So on that shattering news we took ourselves off for some spa treatments in the Swim Club.
The instant feeling of calm and tranquillity that we felt on arrival, (maybe helped by the glass of champagne) was reinforced with the excellently executed facial and massage packages. By the time we’d gone for a quick dip and taken in the stunning views – across the gardens and the lake beyond – from the pool, it was a struggle to make it beyond the fluffy dressing gowns. Happily, whilst Another Place promotes being active and using the landscape for discovery, staying in – in our case with some good old-fashioned board games – is far from frowned upon.
As we packed to leave, the heavens opened but that didn’t seem to deter those who grabbed the complimentary brollies and wellies and embraced all the sodden beauty the Lakes has to offer – this really is a hotel that knows its clientele. From 180 per room per night, B&B another.place
‘We enjoyed a nightcap looking up at the stars dappled across those wide skies’
A pool with a view at Swim Club
A stunning exterior to match the stylish interior
Take in the views through the French doors or, like us, from the soaker bath
One of the more contemporary rooms