Another Place, The Lake
Work to transform an 18th century hotel in the heart of the Lake District has been completed, welcoming its first customers at the beginning of August. Another Place, The Lake is the first hotel to launch as part of the Another Place collection and includes 40 bedrooms, two restaurants, a library and Swim Club, including treatment rooms and a 20m pool.
Another Place, The Lake is located on the shores of Ullswater and is set within 18 acres of Lake District national park. Formerly the Rampsbeck hotel, the new hotel is spread across an original Georgian building and a new contemporary wing that includes a number of family suites and dog friendly rooms. This blend of old and new results in rooms that showcase existing features, like the building’s original four-poster beds, as well as fresh, contemporary spaces with views over Ullswater and the fells beyond.
Gathering spaces are woven throughout the hotel and grounds and include a Library, a cosy escape in the original Georgian building, complete with fireside sofas, board games and floor-to-ceiling windows.
To carry out the interior design on this historic project, Another Place turned to award-winning studio Household. Premier Hospitality spoke to Creative Director Siu-Lan Choi about the work, who began by outlining the ethos behind Another Place:
“We worked with the client on the Watergate Bay hotel in Cornwall and it’s the same team behind Another Place. For Watergate Bay we created a new lifestyle brand experience that brings to life the idea of active relaxation. This ethos has been carried through to Another Place. We’ve used experience hallmarks from Watergate Bay to ensure active relaxation also sits at the heart of this new collection.
“In terms of the brief, centring the experience on this ethos was key but we also wanted to tailor the experience to the new customer given it’s a very different location. We took inspiration from the deep drama of the Lake District and considered how Another Place, The Lake both encourages and facilitates guests to enjoy all this UNESCO world heritage site has to offer. It’s not just about opening a fantastic hotel in a great location, it’s about bringing the beauty of the great outdoors inside too, and making it possible for guests explore it in many ways during their stay.”
The Household team spent just under 18 months overhauling the design of the existing building as well as creating a distinctive look for the new wing. Balancing this blend of old and new became a crucial part of the design process as Siu explained:
“We were really conscious to maintain all the wonderful features of the original house but give it a contemporary refresh. The way it had previously been decorated was very traditional. Although it was newly decorated, it felt like it had been there forever. For the new customer base it needed to have a more relaxed, luxurious feel.”
“We brought this through in our paint finishes and furnishings which helped bring the feel of the old Georgian house in line with the new luxury barn extension. We were keen, however, to keep the two wings distinct and didn’t want any faux detailing in the new wing to maintain authenticity.”
Blending the original building with a new contemporary wing was also a major part of the building work that began in September 2016 as Will Ashworth, Director of Another Place, outlined to Premier Construction earlier this year:
“The extension is very much focused towards the heritage of 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 a beautiful structure in keeping with the national park. We’ve got a blend of contemporary hospitality with a traditional structure.
“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. 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.”
Alongside the stunning views and contemporary interior, food and drink plays a similarly important role at Another Place, The Lake. The hotel has two restaurants, The Living Space and the Rampsbeck restaurant. The Living Space is a large, airy bar leading onto a terrace. Proper coffee and cocktails are served alongside a casual lunch and dinner menu. The food is bold and distinctive, making use of regional produce to create British and European flavours.
The Rampsbeck restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner with a British menu that focuses in particular on the best produce Cumbria has to offer. An open kitchen helps create a sense of theatre in the warm space.
Guests looking to head out and spend the day exploring can do so with a hearty meal in their backpack thanks to the hotel’s off the grid service. Fire pits and barbecues are also available down by the lake.
Between its Swim Club and outdoor activities, Another Place has the perfect blend of relaxation and energy. The Swim Club has a 20-metre lake-view swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, cardio room and three spa treatment rooms.
Outside, Ullswater is the perfect backdrop to activities ranging from walking, running, cycling, sailing, paddle boarding, open-water swimming and even skiing. Ullswater Sailing School, part of the award-winning Ullswater Yacht Club, is the perfect introduction to sailing with a choice of two or three-day training courses or a one-day taster session. Similar style lessons are available for paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.
Since opening at the beginning of August, guests have been quick to make the most of the activities when the weather has permitted. Reflecting on the project, Siu-Lan added:
“From what we’ve heard the feedback so far has been really good. There’s been a lot of uptake on active side of the offer and people are really engaging with the surroundings.
“We’ve been working with Will and the team for about seven years now and have built a great relationship. We really enjoy working with them and are excited for the future success of the Another Place lifestyle brand.”
Another Place is a new evolving hotel collection from the team behind Watergate Bay Hotel – which is lending the collection its relaxing, active and social ethos.
While each Another Place hotel will share this defining philosophy, they will reflect their distinct, always exceptional location. Whether by the coast, in the countryside or the city, each hotel will derive inspiration from its particular surroundings.
UHS is a leading supplier in the hospitality industry for furniture and has been involved in many prestigious projects supplying a great range of products that are fit for purpose, design led and customised to clients requirements.
UHS work very closely with the team from Watergate Bay and Household Design to come up with a great selection of products for ‘Another Place Hotel’.
Dan Gillmore of UHS, said:
“After supplying furniture to the Watergate Bay Hotel we were excited to see owner Will Ashworth working on his next project! Another Place Hotel looks like an excellent venue to enjoy the peaceful and serene surroundings of the Lake District. I can’t wait to visit!”
Fallowfield Projects Ltd.
Founded in 1995 and situated in the heart of The English Lake District, Fallowfield Projects specialise in bespoke joinery manufacturing; which includes doors, windows, staircases, cabinetry and shop fitting. In addition the company have also taken on more unique projects such as shepherd hut manufacture, camper van fit outs and the construction of giant wooden puzzles for a local outdoor activity centre.
Despite working mainly in Cumbria, Fallowfields have developed a large customer base, spanning the length of the country. They use a combination of the latest computer operated machinery and a team of skilled craftsmen to create precision made joinery.
In their most recent venture, Fallowfields supplied bespoke joinery products to Another Place, The Lake, which included the manufacture of staircases, windows and fire doors.
Annette Graves of Fallowfield Projects said:
“We are proud and very pleased to be involved with this local prestigious hotel refurbishment. We have an emphasis on quality, service and reliability – with a smile.
“We are always keen to take on a new challenge and to promote the use of timber as the great natural material that it is.”