Another Place, The Lake
Work is underway to transform an 18th century hotel in the heart of the Lake District in time for summer 2017. Formerly known as the Rampsbeck hotel, the building will reopen as a brand new concept that offers guests the opportunity to make the most of the surrounding landscape.
Another Place, The Lake is scheduled to open in August 2017 with 40 bedrooms, two restaurants and a Swim Club including treatment rooms and swimming pool. An extension to the existing hotel is currently under construction to accommodate the additional features listed above.
The Lake will be the first hotel to launch as part of Another Place, a unique collection of contemporary hotels for people who want to experience a new environment without losing a sense of home and belonging.
Will Ashworth, Managing Director of Another Place, spoke to Premier Construction about the project:
“The first location is in the Lake District on Ullswater. We have chosen this place in particular because it is an incredibly beautiful location but also because the proximity to the lake means our guests can get out and do things like open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding and sailing.
“We bought a hotel that was in extremely good condition but not positioned in the market as we wished. What we have done over the last year is gain planning permission for an additional 20 bedrooms and a Swim Club as well as an extension to the building for a restaurant. We started building on site on the 20th September and we are now up and running.”
Completion on the work is on course for ending at the end of May 2017. The concept is very unusual for the Lakes and will be a unique proposition within the market as far as hospitality goes. In terms of the design of the building, the challenge has been creating a new build that is sympathetic to the main building – a mid-18th century gentleman’s residence. It also has to be in keeping with the Lake District and the fact it’s in a national park.
“The extension is very much servient to the main building. However, the stone and slate we’re using is coming out of a local quarry using diminishing courses in order to maintain a strong relationship with the Lake District planning guidelines.
“We’ve had a very good relationship with the national park planning authority and they have helped us make sure we’re maintaining an aesthetically pleasing structure within the national park. We’ve got this blend of a contemporary hospitality concept with a traditional structure.
“We’ve recently poured the final slab for the extension to the hotel. We already have two storeys of the two bedroom wings constructed and the 20 x 5m pool is being constructed. Immediately after Christmas we finished the construction of the two bedroom blocks and started the mechanical and electrical first fix. The external finishes will also begin soon.”
Once completed, guests will enjoy a building filled with light, contemporary spaces that take inspiration from the hotel’s heritage. Most rooms have views of the stunning lake and fells with antique furniture and vintage touches. The restaurants will serve delicious food inspired by the area using only the best local produce available while an outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Outside, Ullswater is the perfect backdrop to a raft of activities varying from open-water swimming to fishing.
Reflecting on the project so far, Will concluded:
“I think one of the biggest challenges working in the Lakes is the weather. We’ve had a very good autumn which has enabled us to get off to a good start and get some of the structure up.
“It’s a very big moment for us because we launched our new hotel collection, Another Place, back in October and so this is the first of the new collection. We had to make sure it’s absolutely perfect because if we want to go on and grow the collection in the future this has got to work and excite the target market.”