Another Place – The Lake, Ullswater, Lake District: hotel review

Another Place is more than just a cool hotel in the Lake District – it’s a waterside destination that takes full advantage of its dramatic location

Another Place: key info

Cost: From £180pn for a double room

Address: Watermillock, Ullswater, Lake District, CA11 0LP

Nearest town: Penrith

Getting there: trains from London to Penrith take roughly three hours, plus a 15-minute taxi to the hotel. Or it’s a 5hr40 drive.

To book: book online at

Another Place, Ullswater, Lake District: What’s the score

Forget the old-fashioned hotels, forget stuffy three-course dinners, forget wading through the tourist hordes of Windermere and the Southern Lakes to get anywhere: at this design-led modern bolthole in the rugged and picturesque North Lakes, you can bring the outdoors in, balancing the classic Cumbrian outdoors break with a little bit of luxury.

Since the Rampsbeck Hotel’s multi-million-pound renovation, expansion and reincarnation as Another Place back in 2017, people have been found sipping tea in wetsuits in its lounge, having just taken a dip in the water a minute’s walk from the front door. Sister hotel to the much-loved Watergate Bay Hotel in North Cornwall, this is a property that encourages you to enjoy the outdoors for every minute you can, but also knows how to help you relax afterwards.

If the weather doesn’t let you out, you can hunker down in the Living Space for food or indulge in a rejuvenating indoor swim or treatment at Swim Club. There’s an outdoor plunge pool for the particularly brave, too.

Another Place, Ullswater, Lake District: What to eat

Another Place isn’t about formal dress and swanky restaurants, but that certainly doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to get its funk on food-wise. Casual dining for all the family is available in the Living Space, the hotel’s all-day dining area that’ll serve you sarnies, coffee and cake by day, and boards, burgers and cocktails in the evening.

Order your drinks to the Library if you’re looking for full-on cosiness. For something more luxe, the Rampsbeck Restaurant serves three-course dinners at £40pp, taking in the best of local produce, from the roast picanha beef to the beer list.

Another Place, Ullswater, Lake District: What to do while you're there

You’re in the Lakes, so most of what you’re going to want to do is right outside the door. Luckily, Another Place will help you make the most of it, offering easy access to almost every kind of activity imaginable. Its outhouse (the Sheep Shed) has wetsuits and water boots to borrow at any time, while classes, courses and single sessions in kayaking, wild swimming, trail running and much more are all available through the hotel, too.

Nearby, you can bag a number of Wainwrights, from the short, sharp Hallin Fell to the more sustained Bonscale Pike and Arthur’s Pike. Similarly, you could trade all that activity for a little bit of relaxation and just look at them from the comfort of the bathtub. Yeah, that’d be nice.