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Another Place, The Lake

Child friendly hotel, Lake District & Cumbria – On the shores of Ullswater, Lake District

About Another Place, The Lake

Another Place, The Lake has certainly the ‘wow factor’ without pretentious service, a stay here feels like a special treat. Occupying a sublime lakeside setting, this tranquil haven is going to be hard to beat for the ultimate family break in the Lakes.  

Boasting a stunning lakeside location Another Place. The Lake is a fabulously chic, child and dog friendly hotel which ticks all the boxes for a most heavenly stay. The 40 spacious rooms and cottages, spread across the original Georgian Manor house with 2 brand-new wings, have been lovingly revamped by the team behind the award-winning Watergate Bay in Cornwall. Stylish, laid-back and flexible accommodation the hotel offers a family-friendly vibe, great food, a kid’s club and a period library room. The stunning infinity pool is enhanced by the fabulous vista, nestled along the shores of Ullswater, with the striking backdrop of the fells and lakeside views from most rooms. It has had a remarkable makeover with a mammoth refurbishment program completed in summer 2017. Another Place, The Lake combines the perfect balance between style, luxury and family practicality. Once you’ve settled in, how you spend your time is up to you. You can choose from a timetable of water based activities to keep the most adventurous of adrenaline junkies happy or simply wind down with a large dollop of “me-time” in the Spa. Spend your family break relaxing in the comfort of this beautiful contemporary hotel or head out to explore some of the Lake Districts most beautiful scenery. 

Away with the Kids' Helen and family checked into Another Place, The Lake with husband, teenage kids, Emily 16, Hannah 14 and youngster Alfie 10 in tow. Spending a weekend family break in November we had high expectations, having spent a most memorable stay at Watergate Hotel almost 10 years ago. We were keen to make the most of the water activities on offer and were determined to find a most adventurous hike that would suit our brood and take full advantage of our extremely beautiful location. After stepping across the threshold and clocking the varied selection of wellies to borrow left in the hallway we felt more at ease that the formalities of a boutique hotel were going to be a little more relaxed here. The hotel staff were warm and welcoming and the waft of a previous night’s log burning fire lingered in the air like a warm hug. We checked into our family accommodation - suite number 10 in the new wing of the recently completed refurbishment. With entrance hall, two bedrooms and a family bathroom there was ample enough space for our family to feel not on top of each other. The kids room had a full size single bed plus bunk beds and its own flat screen TV. The main bedroom was fresh, contemporary and spacious incorporating a large double bed with crisp white sheets, textured throws and cushions. There was a comfortable lounge area with large flat screen TV and a Juliet balcony allowing you to take advantage of those sublime lakeside views. The décor and palette was of soft, muted natural tones to complement the outside scenery of which we would have to wait until the morning to sample the views. The kids were happy to discover a Kilner jar of tasty Tunnocks tea cakes were awaiting their arrival in the mini fridge as was fresh milk and a carafe of iced water. 

Child Friendly Restaurant

Dinner was pre-booked for 7 p.m. at the Rampsbeck restaurant – the name a gentle nod to the history of the hotels previous life as a more formal country-house hotel.  The hotel's restaurant has an elegant ambience serving the tastiest of dishes to delight any foodie connoisseur. At first sight the menu stretched the youngest offspring’s comfort zone but with a little coaxing they soon became more adventurous, sampling crab cakes, salmon and beetroot & feta starters, progressing to devouring the tasty main steak meals followed by the most salivating desserts. There was not even a crumb left between any of our five plates; a satisfying thumbs-up to the chef in our books. If your family have a younger brood there is the option of booking the children into an earlier high tea served between 5 and 6 p.m. Complimented by the kid’s club, with a bit of clever pre-planning adults can enjoy the option of enjoying the exquisite delights of the Rampsbeck restaurant, child free if you wish a guilt-free night off. Also, the second restaurant the Living Space which serves food throughout the day has a less formal ambiance appealing to those who want to wander down in welly socks, relax in the comfy seating and sample the delicious simplicity of mussels, salads and pasta. The bookcases were stacked to the rafters with family-favourite board games such scrabble, backgammon and solitaire or for the more energetic families, table football.

Paddle Boarding, Swimming and Spa Treatments

We awoke to the most glorious view of Ullswater after a restful slumber. The children couldn’t wait to get kitted up in wetsuits to go paddle boarding on the lake. After re-visiting the restaurant to fuel up for the day with options from a tasty home cooked English breakfast to a waffle station my husband took the kids off for the paddle boarding session while I had sneaky indulgent pampering session with a full body massage in the Spa. We convened afterwards in the stunning indoor pool while the kids busily recounted the lakeside escapades and how thrilled they were at having mastered a tricky sport for two hours all against the most glorious backdrop of the fells.

Things to Do Around Ullswater

We needed to get out and discover the local area but we were a bit pushed for time so we decided on a walk to Aira Force. The car park is run by the National Trust so don’t forget your card. This was a gentle ramble through woodlands until you eventually climb high enough to catch glimpse of the impressive 65ft drop waterfall. This walk could have been combined with a trip on Ullswater steamers who operate mini cruises all year round on Ullswater but our hotel had already pre-arranged tickets for us for the Lowther Castle Fire & Feasting event so we needed to dash off. With Lowther Castle as a most spectacular backdrop we celebrated bonfire night with a well-orchestrated firework display. Run by the people who organise the festival, Kendal Calling, it was a great evening of entertainment, with bands playing in a large marquee, plenty of choice for food and drink, fire eaters, stilt walkers, a cinema screening and the largest bonfire, culminating with the fireworks.

Lowther Castle is also worth a visit during the day as it is home to one of the largest children’s adventure playgrounds in Britain. The Lost Castle complete with turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides it definitely is one place that will delight kids of all ages and its dog friendly too.

Our last day at Another Place, The Lake started back on the shores of the lake. This time it was kayaking and no need for wetsuits but we were thoroughly kitted out in waterproof clothing. All five of us tried this activity and were paired up in double kayaks. It was serenely beautiful paddling merrily out towards the peaks at the southern end of the lake but I must admit it was quite an exertion. As the group needs to stick together you can only go as fast as the youngest individual and after a two-hour stint it maybe difficult for youngsters to keep up with the momentum. Bear in mind that the adult may have to do the majority of the paddling. After all our efforts on the lake we couldn’t leave the hotel without a last relaxing dip in the pool. I would never get bored of that view. 

Walking in the Lake District with Kids

We couldn’t have left the Lake District without tackling one of the more challenging hills, so after a great tip off from the canoeing instructor we parked up near Howtown, pulled on our walking boots and set off to accomplish our aim of climbing up Hallin Fell. We were told that the views of Ullswater were second to none from there and we were not disappointed. Ullswater is huge and from the hotel you can only see about half of it as it snakes round out of view. From the top of Hallin Fell you could see it stretch out below for miles. It was the perfect spot to eat our picnic and we could even pick out Ullswater steamer chugging around below us. On our way, back home via the M6 we even managed to squeeze in a stop off at the Rheged Centre for a coffee and cake and a quick tour around the art and craft display on the top floor highlighting the local talent. Needless to say, the car journey home was unusually quiet as we had certainly packed in lots of activities over the weekend. Everyone had the best of times together and a return visit beckons.

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