Lake District, United Kingdom

Another Place

Rates per night from$144.90

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP113.33), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Force of nature

Setting

Water world

With alluring lake views, luxe Lake District hideaway Another Place invites you to be as active or lazy as you like. Neighbouring forests surround the hotel, and outdoor pursuits in the Great British countryside await. It’s the perfect spot for a laid-back long weekend or adventurous break: the Georgian former home is now a contemporary but classically British hotel, on the edge of tranquil Ullswater. The location’s so stunning you might plan to spend your whole stay roaming around the Lake District… until, that is, you remember the sumptuous sofa by the warming log fire.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

40, including six suites.

Check–Out

11.30am; check-in: 3pm

Rates

Double rooms from $144.90 (£113), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

All rates include a buffet breakfast. Each morning, the restaurant turns into an open pantry, with guests helping themselves to hot and cold dishes, including fresh waffles. Chefs are on hand to whip up made-to-order items like omelettes or porridge.

At the hotel

Acres of grounds (18 in total) including a vegetable garden; a fire-warmed library stocked with board games; a gym with Matrix cross-trainer, rowing machine, treadmill, fitness bike, weights and yoga mats. In rooms: TV; free WiFi; fridge stocked with fresh milk and Tunnocks teacakes; kettle; coffee and tea-making kit; Ruark Bluetooth sound system; Watergate Bay Elements bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re bringing the whole clan to this very family friendly hotel, opt for the Best Family Suite, which sleeps two adults and four children, with bunk beds for kids. Still not enough space? The Best Family Cottage has an open-plan living area, kitchen and wood-burning stove. Couples will love the Better rooms, which have a partial lake view. Some are in the Georgian House and have antique furniture, the rest are in the contemporary wing and have Juliette balconies or access to the garden.

Poolside

There’s an impressive 20m infinity pool, with incredible views of Ullswater and the fells beyond. Winter guests, don’t worry: it’s indoors and heated, encased within sculptural, glass-lined walls. There’s even a hot tub outside for romantic star-gazing: particularly arresting in a national park with two Dark Sky Discovery areas. Wild swimming awaits for those who want to embrace the outdoors further.

Spa

After long lakeside walks, the spa is a sanctuary, with two treatment rooms and a treatment snug, where you can spruce up with manicures and pedicures. Massages, body scrubs, wraps and facials are available – even a Full Works option for head-to-toe pampering.

Packing tips

Grab your Fjällräven eco-shell jacket, Aigle wellies and backpack by Topo Designs.

Also

All ground-floor common areas can be accessed by wheelchair and there are two accessible guest rooms. There's also a hoist in the pool and a disabled parking space near the door (which has a ramp). Beyond the hotel grounds, the terrain gets trickier.

Pet‐friendly

Lake-loving hounds welcome in the family cottages or 10 other dog-friendly rooms; charged at £15 per night and £5 extra for a second dog. See more pet-friendly hotels in Lake District.

Children

All ages are welcome. Under-3s stay free; children aged 12 or under are charged at a quarter of the double room rate.

Best for

Another Place is suitable for children of all ages.

Recommended rooms

The Best Family Suite, which has a master bedroom with a seating area and a separate bunk room. All family rooms have placid lake views, too.

Crèche

There’s an Ofsted-registered creche on site (the Kid’s Zone), that takes babies as young as six months – it’s free and open daily, but booking in advance is recommended (you’ll need to stay onsite, too).

Activities

The hotel can provide games to maintain happiness for hours on end, in the rooms, as well as outside. Speaking of outside, you’ve got 18 acres of gardens and national parkland to explore… For older children, the hotel can organise family kayaking and paddle-boarding lessons – they’ll even saddle you up ponies for a spot of trekking. During school holidays, extra adventures are arranged, such as archery, raft building and night walks. Got a budding biker on your hands? Take a ride around the Dales and Lakes loop or hit the family friendly trails at Lowther Castle. In wet weather, make the most of the two indoor play areas: the Cabin for little Smiths aged three to seven and the Safari Tent for over sevens. Play areas are free to use all day, with supervision at certain hours. Little ones won’t want to go home.

Swimming pool

Children are welcome in the swimming pool during family hours (9am–6pm).

Meals

Children are welcome in both restaurants. There’s a children’s supper at 5pm in Rampsbeck Restaurant, a kids' menu in the Living Space and high chairs at both restaurants.

Babysitting

Book in advance for babysitting; it’s £12 an hour, for a minimum of three hours.

No need to pack

Travel cots; cot linens; highchairs; books; puzzles; crayons and paints; age-appropriate DVDs and indoor/outdoor toys. The hotel can provide a tablet so you can keep an eye on your children.

Also

There are also games consoles; arts and craft materials; a pool table; table tennis; table football; an outdoor climbing frame; camp-fire cooking; bush craft, orienteering and more.

Food and Drink

Photos Another Place food and drink

Top Table

To soak up the lake-front views, grab a table in the corner of Living Space. Or, if you’d like to watch the chef at work, choose one of the kitchen-facing round tables. In Rampsbeck, the views of the open kitchen are towards the back of the restaurant.

Dress Code

No jacket required at these relaxed restaurants: you can even pop down for lunch in Living Space in your bathrobe, if dressing seems too taxing. You’ll want to dust off the outdoors before dinner in Rampsbeck, but a tie would be overdoing it.

Hotel restaurant

There are two top-notch dining dens: the Living Space and Rampsbeck. Both are led by head chef Ashley Bennet and have a decidedly relaxed and unstuffy feel. The Living Space focuses on family-style eating with great sharing plates, salads and sandwiches (the fish and chips are fantastic). In summer, you can dine outside on the open-air terrace. The menu at ever-so-slightly more formal Rampsbeck revolves around fresh, regional produce. Star dishes include the Cumbrian lamb rump with
seasonal vegetables (sourced from local farms or the hotel's vegetable garden) and Morecombe Bay potted shrimp. Leave room for dessert: the chef’s sweet treats include a delectable pistachio cake with thyme-poached peaches. The sleek, contemporary decor throughout wouldn't be out of place in a city-centre members' club, with Scandi chairs, bare-wood tables and earthy, organic paints. 

Hotel bar

The informal hotel bar is at the back of Living Space, with an extensive gin menu, if you love a strong G&T. Seasonal cocktails, featuring herbs and flowers from the hotel's garden, are spirit raising.

Last orders

In Rampsbeck, breakfast is 7.30am to 10.30am; dinner 6.30pm to 9pm. Food’s available in the Living Space from noon to 4pm and 5pm to 9.30pm. The bar pours tipples from 10am to 11pm (last orders for bar snacks is 9.30pm).

Room service

Anything from the Living Space menu can be delivered to your room during restaurant hours.

Location

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Address
Another Place
Rampsbeck Grange, Watermillock, Ullswater
Watermillock
CA11 0LP
United Kingdom

Planes

Manchester and Newcastle airports are equidistant: both about an hour’s drive away.

Trains

Penrith train station is six miles from the hotel, with regular trains from London Euston, Manchester and Glasgow.

Automobiles

There’s a free car park next door. You'll need a car in this rural area: great for accessing walking routes and restaurants.

Worth getting out of bed for

Never been Nordic walking? Now's your chance. The hotel can arrange a guided trial of this all-body workout, as well as mountain-fitness training, pony trekking and swim clinics: two-day sessions with Salim Ahmed from Swim Lab, which school you on perfecting your front crawl, open-water technique and more. Indeed, with its prime waterfront location on second-largest lake in the district, Another Place practically begs you to take the plunge. Ullswater Steamers are a great way to explore: a fleet of heritage 19th-century boats that cruise the crystalline waters and connect you with popular walking routes (non-hikers can sip wine on the deck and take in the views). There are plenty of trails to hike, but make sure you set your sights on Aira Force waterfall at least once: even more impressive when it rains, as you’ll witness the falls in full force. An alternative blustery-day activity, particularly for little Smiths, is the Rheged Centre – 10 minutes’ drive away and home to a children’s theatre, art gallery and soft-play centre.

Local restaurants

For a real gastronomic treat, get yourself to Forest Side for a Michelin-worthy meal from chef Kevin Tickle, former forager at L’Enclume (also worth a visit). At Forest Side, inspiration comes from the surrounding hills, with a menu that showcases some of Cumbria’s finest produce. Another culinary hot spot is Lake Road Kitchen, a 40-minute drive into the heart of the Lake District. Wordsworth’s old neck of the woods, Grasmere, is also nearby, where you’ll find a vibrant and varied menu at the Jumble Room. If too much wandering lonely as a cloud has worked up an appetite, try the Persian lamb rump or Malaysian seafood curry. If you’re longing for a proper pub and have a four-legged friend, the Bistro at the historic Pheasant Inn across from Bassenthwaite Lake is the place for venison burgers and refreshing pints.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Georgian country hotel in Ullswater and unpacked their wellies and hiking boots, a full account of their relaxing weekend break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Another Place in the Lake District…

If you've been waiting for a hotel to match the drama of the Lake District, the wait is over. Another Place blends cool, contemporary interiors with a lake-facing spa, glass-walled pool, outdoor hot-tub and several region-saluting restaurants that, together, celebrate all that Wordsworth found so poetic about this corner of Cumbria. Bring the whole family, even the dog, but after walking, biking, swimming and sailing your way through the hotel's long list of activities, make sure they're tucked up in bed so you can unwind with nightly cocktails in the fire-warmed lounge. Call it active relaxation: the wait has been worth it... 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Another Place’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We loved the hotel, it was so beautiful, the staff were very friendly upon arrival so helpful. The interior design gorgeous in every room. A very clean, quiet, beautiful location. The food is out of this world. it was such a treat to stay there we are already planning our next booking! The hotel is very close to Mount Helvellyn and Penrith, both a 15 minute drive away. Penrith has some great cafes and antique flea markets.

Don’t expect

Lively nights, it's a very peaceful, quiet stay.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jun 2018