“Finally, a fabulous, contemporary hotel in the Lake District, with a kids' club, an indoor pool and stunning views”
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.
- 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
- 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
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurants & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Indoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Ipod dock
- Speakers for MP3/iPod/laptop
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.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Room service
- 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:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Paddle boarding
- Plantlife / flora
- Rock climbing
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
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.
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.
Available on request.
- Baby cots
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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.
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:
- 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.
- Shop: 5-minute drive
- Airport: 1.5-hour drive (Newcastle, Manchester or Liverpool)
- Hospital: 20-minute drive (Penrith)