An­other Place, Lake District

Cheshire Life - - Finer Things - WORDS: Jac­que­line Hughes-Lundy

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 an­

‘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

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