Meet the newest Lake District hotel from Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater is a family boutique hotel which opened its doors of comfort in summer 2017. The setting, well, if you could orchestrate perfect English countryside of the Lake District – (those ever so English green rolling hills, a choir of oak, beech and alder trees and puffball white clouds that dance across the reflected waters of a vast lake) – then it would be found here, at The Lake, in Ullswater, Cumbria.
Cast in the period Georgian white of the old house hotel and the cooler modern sister built in local stone, The Lake is a boutique family holiday refuge that twines raw beauty with modern elegance, capturing the spirit of the great outdoor Lake District adventure; undoubtedly an outpost of luxe wholesome comfort. The latest addition to the Another Place portfolio, The Lake is from the same team behind the award-winning boutique hotel, Watergate Bay in Cornwall.
The comfy interior colour palettes draw in those unmistakable hues of the Lake District & Ullswater – milky aqua whites, leaded greys, meadow greens, accents of mustard and russet reds, bringing the outdoors to the style table. Natural Lake District woods, fields of blankets and watercolour artworks add to the vibe of chilled holiday escapism – while the thankfully chintz-free windows ever peak into the hills and placid waters – perfect for idle gazing.
Sociability is at the heart of The Lake, so whether you prefer to don a fluffy gown in the spa, a pair of wellies for muddy adventures, the wetsuit for paddleboarding or the hiking shoes for those Beatrix Potter landscapes – freedom to do as you and your family please is the holiday motto here.
From sitting around the firepit to grabbing the picnic, to casual dining with hearty twists on the British table and Mediterranean favourites – we're talking burgers to mussels - and from chats with granny to feasting with friends, the great outdoors are never far away; whether you have the family clan in tow, are a gathering of soul mates or are just simply seeking a holiday filled with some me time.
Just north from Lake District relation, Lake Windermere, the wilder Lake Ullswater is the area’s second largest body of water and is fast becoming a firm fave for those who want something a little less traversed.
Rumoured to be the inspiration behind Wordsworth’s enduring classic, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, effortlessly luxe countryside retreat, The Lake, rests on Ullswater’s north western shore, near the local town of Penrith and only half an hour’s drive from the famous Pennines, should walking mountains take your fancy this holiday.
A host for generations, the foundations of The Lake’s striking white Georgian house have been carefully updated with an overarching palette of soft, natural colours; autumnal russet reds, lakeside grey-blues and hues of subtle windswept green.
Bold, touchable textiles, light open spaces and subtle cues from the surrounding landscape will greet you whether you are staying in the more classically inspired rooms of the original Georgian house or in the newer, boutique contemporary suites built particularly with families in mind. Seamlessly merging the worlds of inside and out with heritage and contemporary influences, some rooms in the hotel are even dog friendly, so you don’t have to leave anyone behind.
The Lake is for sure a place to graze, savour, and enjoy; with its open house vibe, veg patch, herb garden and fresh, regional food throughout, be assured that the larder is brimming with enviably delicious, heritage, wholesome fare.
From grab-and-go open board breakfasts with pastries and jam to le Creuset pots full of fresh, hot delicacies, to the delicious simplicity of mussels, salads and pasta at the open-plan, peacefully honest Living Space, and a three-course menu at the chilled luxe restaurant Rampsbeck
Rampsbeck, the main restaurant at Another Place, serves a three-course menu focussed on traditional Cumbrian produce. The heart of the kitchen, it’s indoor charcoal oven, is behind the intense, natural flavours in the meat and fish.
So whether you are dining outside on the terrace, stargazing by the fire pit or lounging at the bar, this is undoubtedly the Lake District good life.
A take on the classic spa vibe, this lakeside Lake District retreat lives instead by the rules of Swim Club; a shared private bubble with a panoramic 20-metre pool flanked by two huge walls of glass where you can float serenely under the clouds while the skylight opens the world up to your contemplative - or powerfully motoring - water-borne self.
Chillax in the hot tub, sauna and treatment rooms or really get your blood flowing in the cardio room or on a yoga weekend. Maroon yourself in a peaceful wellness flanked by slate flagstones, cubby holes for quietness and the fluffiest of towels; we were joking, Swim Club has no rules - you just do you.
An 18-acre private retreat hotel dedicated to chillaxed family time, there is no set age limit and specialised kid-friendly spaces include the cabin, safari tent and outdoor play area. Supervised Children’s Club and XA Club sessions are run in the morning and evening during holidays and include sailing and kayaking, while babysitting is also available and nearby attractions include Go Ape, Treetop Trek and Lowther Castle.
Cornish local Will Ashworth was simply born to be a hotelier; returning to his native Cornwall and the family-run hotel, Watergate Bay, in 2000 after hospitality stints in Kenya, Switzerland and North America, he put down roots and the overarching vision for Another Place was born.
Will's dynamic, clear vision and connection to and deep understanding of the environment helped transform Watergate Bay into a vibrant, buzzy, year-round success.
His inspiring and contagious passion for creating beautiful retreats committed to 'active relaxation' makes the opening of Another Place, The Lake at Ullswater a deliciously exciting event.
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