Another Place - The Lake

Ullswater, Northern England, United Kingdom Book from Book from £145 per night

Finally, a fabulous, contemporary hotel in the Lake District, with a kids' club, an indoor pool and stunning views
The team behind Cornwall's successful Watergate Bay Hotel have taken their tried-and-tested formula to another stunning location, this time on Ullswater. An established country-house hotel has been transformed into a beautiful retreat, with a spa area, 2 restaurants and a relaxed vibe that appeals to couples and families alike. The 18 acres of lakefront land encompasses lawns, a kitchen garden, and a children's zone with a safari tent and playground that plays host to a year-round kids' club.

The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors: paddle-boarding, hiking, sailing, you name it. And it's all made super easy with wetsuits and equipment available to borrow. Fear not if you're more into relaxation, this retreat is also perfect for just drinking in the views over cocktails on the terrace. There are 40 spacious rooms and cottages, plus an indoor pool with glass walls for admiring the leafy surroundings, and cosy corners for curling up with a hot chocolate. Four-legged friends are equally welcome - this is the Lakes, after all.

Highs

  • The stunning lakefront location and Ullswater views are hard to beat
  • Stylish, laid-back and flexible accommodation - a rarity in the Lake District
  • Plenty of activities to keep you busy - sailing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, cycling, hiking and more
  • Informal and very family-friendly, with children's dinner times, a kids' club and 2-bedroom family suites and cottages
  • The 'Swim Club' - the hotel's take on a spa, with an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, treatment rooms and swimming clinic

Lows

  • You'll need a car to get here and to explore
  • Couples might prefer to avoid the school holidays, but even at peak times there's enough space for everyone to spread out
  • The weather in the Lakes is unpredictable, but there's plenty to occupy you here come rain or shine

Best time to go

Summer in the Lakes can be spectacular, and warm weather (though never guaranteed) would allow you to make the most of all the activities on offer. However, the hotel is ideal in any season, and we love the thought of admiring the autumn colours or cosying up in winter.

Our top tips

Before heading home, stop at the Cocklakes farm shop and café (15 minutes away) for delicious locally produced food, incredible-value BBQ packs, Keswick Distillery gin and Cumbrian ales.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 40
  • Restaurants & bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Rooms range from Standard doubles through slightly larger Better and Best rooms to spacious Suites. Those in the original 1714 building feature antique furniture (four-poster beds, leather armchairs) and feel very grand; many also have stunning lake views, some have balconies.

There are also two blocks of purpose-built rooms, which are very cosy and well thought out. They are more contemporary, with a smart teal, mustard and burgundy colour scheme. Some have disabled access. These blocks also house the Family Suites, each with a bunk room for kids and a double room with a lake view for parents; some interconnect for larger groups and extended families. In addition, 2 standalone Family Cottages - one with a double bedroom and lounge with a sofabed, the other with a double bedroom and twin bedroom - are in the grounds.

All rooms have own-brand toiletries, along with bathrobes, tea- and coffee-making kit, Ruark speakers, a fridge and a TV. There are also thoughtful additions like Stanley Flasks - perfect for grabbing your coffee and going for an early hike.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Speakers for MP3/iPod/laptop
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Not one but 2 restaurants offer plenty of options to keep even the fussiest eater happy.

Breakfast in the main 70-seater Rampsbeck Restaurant is a help-yourself smörgåsbord of loveliness, including fresh fruit, cereals, breads and even a waffle-making station. Dinner is also served here, with the emphasis on fresh, hearty food sourced from local producers. A separate kids' meal is served from 5-6pm, so parents can sit and have a drink while their youngsters munch their way through a healthy yet appealing menu.

The Living Space, the more casual dining option, is open from 11.30am to 10pm, offering everything from coffee to cocktails to a casual grazing menu. We enjoyed hearty fish finger butties and burgers on our last visit. Dogs and kids are welcome in this relaxed space, with additional seating outside on the terrace. The new blocks housing the family rooms also have a pantry area with a microwave, fridge and drinking water - ideal for making out-of-hours-snacks.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Take to the lake: all sorts of water-based activities (paddle-boarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing) are bookable via the hotel
  • You could also chug across the lake on one of the famous Ullswater Steamers, which run from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge
  • Wild swimming in the lake is exhilarating - just ensure you swim safely – advice and gear is provided. If you prefer to swim indoors, head to the heated 20m pool with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Ullswater
  • Hiking is what the Lakes are known for, so bring your boots and ask at reception for maps and tips on the best routes to take
  • Book a treatment at the 'Swim Club' - massages, facials, manicures and more are available. There are also yoga weekends, plus swim clinics for those who want advice on their stroke
  • The hotel can recommend 6 wild-running trails for particularly active types. Mountain fitness retreats are also planned
  • Or just curl up with a book in the library - a quiet haven in the main building

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Archery
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Paddle boarding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

Another Place is a great option for families, with a kids' zone, kids' meals, a playground and games room, and accommodation options for up to 6 people. Active families in particular will love it here, thanks to the huge array of outdoor adventures available in the area.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Most rooms will accommodate 1-2 baby cots or rollaway beds, with no extra charge for children under 3 in a cot. The best options for families are the Family Suites and Family Cottages, which have a double bedroom for parents and a bunk room, twin room or separate lounge with sofabed for kids. The Best Family Suites can accommodate 2 adults and then 4 kids in a larger bunk room with an extra single bed and space for a cot. There are also 4 interconnecting rooms.

Babysitting:

Available on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Highchairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Creche/Kid's Club:

The Ofsted-registered kids' club provides supervised sessions by age group (3-7 years and 7-12 years), with an emphasis on outdoor activities and bush craft. Both groups operate every morning and evening during school holidays; at other times, there are evening sessions for 3-7 year-olds and weekend sessions for 7-12 year-olds. Staff are warm and welcoming and our kids wanted to stay for hours. Children can also use the kids zone out of the supervised sessions, as long as they have an adult with them to supervise. Great on a rainy day.

Children's meals:

Both restaurants have kids' menus, and a separate kids' dinner is held daily between 5 and 6pm. There is also a pantry with help-yourself snacks.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Playground
  • Table tennis
  • Games room with foosball, air hockey and a pool table
  • Playstation - ask at reception
  • Lots of kids' DVDs, books, toys, puzzles and games
  • Indoor pool
  • Archery, rock climbing and wildlife walks
  • Sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, raft-building, and swimming

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Kong Adventure indoor climbing and caving centre in Keswick
  • Crafty Monkeys pottery painting in Penrith
  • Rheged Centre (arts, play areas, a cinema and shops) just outside Penrith
  • Go Ape (ropes and zip-wires) in Grizedale Forest
  • The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Lowther Castle and Gardens, adventure playground
  • Aira Force waterfall via Ullswater steamers

Families Should Know:

You'll need to supervise children by the lake and pool, and in the kids club out of its supervised sessions.

Distances:

  • Shop: 5-minute drive
  • Airport: 1.5-hour drive (Newcastle, Manchester or Liverpool)
  • Hospital: 20-minute drive (Penrith)
Kid Friendly:

Location

Another Place is set on the western shore of Ullswater in the northern Lake District, just 15 minutes from the M6 at Penrith.

By Air:
The nearest airports are Newcastle (125km / 77 miles away), Manchester (179km / 111 miles away) and Liverpool (189km / 118 miles away). They're served by a wide range of flights from Europe and beyond - click on the links below for a list of airlines.

By Car:
The remote location means you'll need a car to get here and get around. If you need to hire one, see our car rental recommendations. The hotel is 5-6 hours from London and Bristol, 3.5 hours from Birmingham, and just over 2 hours from Manchester or Liverpool.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • Newcastle 125.0 km NCL
  • Manchester 179.0 km MAN

Other:

  • Beach 20.0 km
  • Shops 4.0 km
  • Restaurant 4.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
8/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

An exceptional find, especially for us with a baby. The Kids club was such a brilliant service and allowed us to really enjoy our stay! The situation on the lake is stunning and the hotel designed impeccably. Can't recommend this place enough.

10/10,

The hotel is beautiful. The room was clean, tidy, with a wonderful view on the lake. The pool is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding nature at the same time. We loved the common room with a fireplace and lots of game to spend the evening.

9/10,

Room was well set up and great for a family, however it was extremely hot, even with windows open so everyone found it hard to sleep. The noise levels are high because insulation between rooms seems light. We spent one evening listening to a very loud dog barking below us - not ideal. We felt the food was over priced and not the best quality. All the staff were lovely, friendly and accommodating. Overall, a lovely location, good facilities but the food let it down. We also spent some time in Windermere and had fun at the Treetop nets.

7/10,

A lovely, comfortable, relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings. The staff were friendly and helpful and our room was very comfortable. The pool is outstanding with beautiful views on to the lake and a great outdoor hot tub. We didn’t eat in the main restaurant but the food in the living space was very good and just what we wanted. Breakfast is very good with a huge choice and attentive staff. The main sitting room is very comfortable with various sofas to sit and relax, read the papers and enjoy the lovely views.

10/10,

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