Georgian grandeur gets a contemporary remake at Another Place – a handsome home turned family-friendly hotel in the Lake District national park. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from every window, sloping down to a private lake shore and Ullswater's sail-graced surface. Indeed, everything at Another Place flows back to the source, from the lake views you'll spy from almost all 40 rooms to the Swim Club spa with its water-facing pool. On the lake-step, you'll find running trails, horse-riding, cycling and kayaking – even wild swimming for the brave. But no pep talks needed for a trip to the Rampsbeck restaurant, which revels in regional produce, with local Herdwick lamb and Morecambe Bay shrimp. It's Another Place, entirely...
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Double rooms from $182.25 (£150), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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.
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 (once the resident little Smiths have scampered off to bed): it's particularly arresting in a national park with two Dark Sky Discovery areas. Wild swimming awaits for those who want to embrace the outdoors further.
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.
Grab your Fjällräven eco-shell jacket, Aigle wellies and backpack by Topo Designs.
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.
All ages are very welcome. Under-threes stay for free; children aged three to seven are charged at 25 per cent of the double-room rate.
Another Place is suitable for children of all ages.
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.
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).
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.
Children are welcome in the swimming pool during family hours (9am–6pm).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Anything from the Living Space menu can be delivered to your room during restaurant hours.
Another Place is at the edge of Ullswater, surrounded by 18 acres of gardens and extensive national parkland in the north of the Lake District. It can be found just off the A592 after exiting the M6.
Manchester and Newcastle airports are equidistant: both about an hour’s drive away.
Penrith train station is six miles from the hotel, with regular trains from London Euston, Manchester and Glasgow.
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 are held once a month. Indeed, with its prime waterfront location by the second-largest lake in the district, Another Place practically begs you to take the plunge. Ullswater Steamersare 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 waterfallat least once – it's 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.
For a real gastronomic treat, get yourself to Forest Side for a Michelin-worthy meal from chef Kevin Tickle, former forager atL’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.
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 family-friendly 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…
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 the pool and spa area - absolutely stunning views. The staff were professional, polite and attentive. The accommodation was clean, modern and comfortable with some nice touches like Netflix on the tv and free coffee throughout the day. Breakfast was delicious - we loved the waffles! The activities and staff at the sheep shed were also great.
Stayed on 25 Jun 2019
Stunning location overlooking Ullswater lake. It's a beautiful hotel with chic modern country interiors. The incredible spa facilities including a swimming pool and a hot tub with panoramic views over the lake.
A romantic couples retreat. This hotel is geared up mainly for families and is exceptionally dog friendly. This leads to a rather noisy dynamic. As a couple travelling, looking for a restful long weekend in the country, it didn't deliver.
Stayed on 25 May 2019
We loved the cosy atmosphere of the place – it feels like a big house. The library is beautiful and we enjoyed some quiet time in there. The pool is very family (and instagram) friendly, and the gym is good. The hotel breakfast is reason enough to visit. The creche is really well-equipped and the video monitor was a nice touch.
Stayed on 12 Apr 2019
The location, the food and the staff make Another Place! We're always looking for somewhere special for mini-breaks and particularly where we can relax with our one-year-old daughter. Whilst perfect for adults, little people are so well catered for here with an on-site kids club (tucked a few minutes up the hill), a babysitting service, a special early sitting in the restaurant with fresh and healthy food and family pool time during the day. We tried both restaurants - a great cafe/bar style during the day where we enjoyed burgers, fries and a pint of local ale and cider and the main restaurant in the evening which was a fantastic showcase of local produce - the chocolate fondant stole the show. There's a fantastic range of gins at the bar, jars of chocolate tea cakes and fresh filter coffee to help yourself to and thermos flasks and wellies to borrow to go off exploring. The breakfast was one of the best we've come across - a buffet style with a difference - with readily replenished dishes of fresh produce to help yourself to. Whether you want a full English, smoked salmon, pastries, overnight oats, yoghurt, fruit, an omelette or to try your hand at making your own waffles in the waffle irons - you won't be disappointed.
A dress code - relaxed casual is welcome.
Stayed on 2 Mar 2019
The beautiful location and the activities – it's very easy to keep yourself entertained.
Amazing food in the Rampsbeck restaurant.
Stayed on 23 Feb 2019
First of all the gorgeous suite we were upgraded up to, on the top floor (there's only two) with gorgeous views over the lake and a deep seated sofa and chair from which to enjoy them from (ask for room 19). Next up our SUP (stand up paddle boarding) experience on an unexpectedly gorgeously sunny afternoon in February. Adrian the instructor was great, really encouraging and injected lots of fun with skills tests in an otherwise tranquil afternoon. Not forgetting the huge selection games and books in The Library. The table service is great and the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink, be sure to get there before 7pm if you want one of the deep seated sofas. You wont want to stay too in The Library long though as the food in The Rampsbeck is gorgeous – look out for the popcorn. And finally spa appointments that haven't been taken are offered at 15 on the day – I had the Eye Refesh that I cant recommend highly enough.
To be waited on hand and foot, this place is relaxed and it would seem they have carefully picked the moments when theyll deliver attentive service.
Stayed on 22 Feb 2019
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.