Another Place have built this hotel based on the good things in life; having fun, eating well, and letting go. And we couldn’t be more all over it.
Another Place is a new collection of hotels (from the team behind Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall) that is widely becoming known for their ‘new generation’ vibe. Another Place, The Lakes is set in 18 acres of Lake District National Park, with a private lake shore and views over Ullswater and the fells.
We check out a lot of spas, and always get asked by those who have children if they can visit too, which is usually met with a resounding no. Spas are for adults, right? Well in this case there’s no difference, but what Another Place have done is install an Ofsted registered creche with supervised sessions which provides respite for spa-hungry parents, and you can’t say fairer than that.
The spa itself, aka the ‘Swim Club’, is self-described as a collection of secluded spaces where you can relax or be active – hot tub, sauna, pool room, cardio room and treatment rooms. The pool is flooded with, well water obviously, but also with so much natural light from the huge glass walls and ceiling.
In stark contrast to poolside, the treatment rooms are low level and very private. Here, you can relax with a full body massage, hot rocks detox, wraps, body scrubs and facials. If you’re feeling truly indulgent, the ‘Full Works’ gives you a bit of everything including a speedy hands and feet massage. We say, in for a penny, in for a pound.
The beautiful thing about Another Place is that you don’t even have to go to the spa to feel instantly relaxed. The Living Space is a big multi-use space that’s comfortable for relaxing and casual dining with a terrace for the summer. Other smaller spaces are available, and there are sofas and armchairs everywhere if you need to find a quiet corner to read.
Rooms are honestly categorised, from ‘Standard’ to ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ – all the way through to suites and cottages. Some have balconies, other have lake views – the cottages even have log burners – but what runs throughout is a sense of comfort and style that has raised the bar.
Food, as you can imagine, is at the beating heart of Another Place. The Living Space is quite literally everything to everyone. You could have a rib eye steak with fries and chimichurri sauce, or you could sit quite happily with a bowl of braised chicken wings and a G&T and either option is fine. This is the epitome of ‘you do you’.
The slightly more formal option is the Rampsbeck Hotel (named after the previous hotel here, or the nearby beck – you choose). Here, they have a set three courses for £40 and well worth the money. To begin, go for the crab and grapefruit, because this is a combination that you didn’t know you needed in your life until now. Mains include gamey classics alongside delicious local fish dishes. And if you’re of sound body and mind, it’s all about the cheeseboard because you’re in the Lakes, and they have some of the best local cheeses in the country.
In the lakes, Another Place is exactly the opposite of what it says it is. It’s not just another place, it’s the place.