Inspired by its sister hotel, Watergate Bay in Cornwall, Cumbria’s Another Place brings something new to the Lake District. By including it, we go a little off-piste, but what’s provided here is unique. The location between lake and hills is both calming and inspiring. Previously known as Rampsbeck Hotel, the Georgian-style house is next to Ullswater, one of the most idyllic lakes, where a ramble or a bike ride can be done straight from the door.
Rooms vary in size, and some are large. About half of the 40 rooms in the main building have recently been upgraded with new TVs and repainted in fresh new colours. However, the traditional lakeside style has been retained, with dark brown furniture and cosy seating areas. The other 20 rooms have a contemporary style. The tucked-away shepherd huts have more of a country feel: the cushions in muted earth colours match the wooden wall panels, and the snug living spaces are complete with log burners.
Another Place takes advantage of its lakeside location to offer an especially rich choice of activities. There’s swimming in the lake; kayaking; paddle boarding; pilates; massages and more. Treatment and activities must be booked in advance, with additional fee per person.
After an active day, recharge in a choice of three dining areas. The formal Rampsbeck Restaurant, with its red leather chairs, offers a three-course menu based on seasonal and local produce such as Cumbrian beef sirloin. The Living Space is a more casual setting with armchairs and sofas extending on to an outdoor terrace, dogs allowed. The Glasshouse is a new area, closest to the shore, and the herb and vegetable garden. The wood panelling harks back to the Victorian era, and there’s a modern wood-fired pizza-oven.
Service is relaxed but prompt. The casual dress code might leave guests confused about who is staff and who isn’t.
Prices are in line with Lake District rates, but the big choice of activities gives added value.