Joanna Mackie and her family explore Another Place, The Lake
A new, relaxed hotel on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District, Another Place is the perfect base from which to discover the Lake District with kids.
Another Place is a striking Georgian home turned family-friendly hotel in the Lake District, set on the shores of Ullswater and surrounded by 18 acres of national parkland. The hotel was renovated 18 months ago with the addition of a contemporary wing comprising 20 additional rooms, as well as the hotel’s swimming pool and informal bar/restaurant, The Living Space.
Our lake-facing family suite was really spacious and the second bedroom had bunk beds, as well as an additional single bed for a third child. In the bathroom there was a large rain shower and huge freestanding tub that made bathtime fun for the children! We appreciated the extra touches, such as fresh milk and Tunnocks Teacakes in our mini fridge and a sleek Micralite travel cot for our baby, which the team kindly set up for us. We were also provided with a Micralite all-terrain pushchair to explore the hotel grounds, meaning we didn’t need to bring any bulky items in the car with us.
Swim Club is home to a 20-metre lake-view infinity swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, cardio room and treatment rooms. After a heavenly hour-long massage using Watergate Bay products, I joined my husband and the kids for a swim. The pool is open to families between 9am-6pm and there is also a shallow end for little ones with a brilliant family changing room that had everything we needed. Double rooms are available from £200 B&B (family suites are available from £295) another.place
There are two restaurants to choose from, both of which have spectacular views of the lake. We enjoyed a laid-back lunch in The Living Space and took advantage of the early tea session at 5pm in Rampsbeck Restaurant. Our twins enjoyed choosing from a buffet of healthy, child-friendly options and we saw many parents making use of the plastic cutlery and high chairs for their babies. To have a bit of time just us, we booked the hotel’s babysitter and dined at Rampsbeck Restaurant, which has a British menu serving regional produce. Breakfast, which was also served here, was one of the best we’ve come across with delicious dishes of fresh produce to help yourself to and homemade waffles, which the children loved!
Things To Do
There is no shortage of things to do within the hotel’s grounds. While my husband enjoyed a paddleboarding lesson, I relaxed with our baby in a hammock overlooking the lake and the twins went to the hotel’s free Ofsted registered crèche. We were really impressed by the facilities and it was immaculately clean. For older children, the hotel can organize family kayaking or horse riding and extra activities are arranged during the school holidays. There are numerous hiking routes in the area and the hotel can advise on the best one to suit your family. It is also worth taking a trip on the Ullswater Steamers across the lake or visit nearby Lowther Castle, which has a wonderful adventure playground suitable for children of all ages.
Double rooms are available from £200 B&B (family suites are available from £295) another.place