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Lake District

Another Place, The Lake

Dog-friendly rates From £180
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Lake District Another Place, The Lake
From £180
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5 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Garden
Bowl Provided
Setting: Lakeside adventures
Paws: All welcome
Maximum 2 dogs per room

Contemporary relaxation meets outdoor adventure on the shores of Ullswater, at this contemporary hotel in The Lake District. Welcoming to dogs, friends, couples and families alike, swim, sail, sprint, kayak or simply settle in for a spa treatment, before you hunker down into a cosy chair with a winter warmer or an ice-cold cocktail. With Another Place, The Lake boasting 18 acres of secluded National Park, and its own lake shoreline, country-loving and water-bound hounds will find it a dog-friendly delight.

 
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Facilities

At Another Place, The Lake

The first hotel to open in the Another Place collection, The Lake is designed to make the most of its waterfront location. Combining a home-from-home feel with contemporary luxuries, the original Georgian building is the centrepiece. This has been blended with new, modern wings, with nods to the hotel’s old heritage, and interiors inspired by views of the lake and fells. Dog-friendly rooms feature vintage touches, a soft palette, contemporary lighting and space to relax and unwind.

Pawfect slumbers

You and your pooch have a choice of most of the room categories here, including two dog-friendly cottages.

Better rooms all have partial lake views, and feature rustic pieces and herringbone fabrics. For a little more space during your stay, Generous rooms have sweeping lake views, and roomy bathrooms with vintage mirrors.

If it’s a stay for all the family you’re after, the Best Family Suite is the most spacious on offer, with a luxurious bedroom for grown ups, and separate bunk room sleeping up to three little ones. You and fido will enjoy the views and the sounds of the countryside surrounds from the Juliette balcony.

For even more escapism, choose the Better Family Cottage, a cosy one-bedroom hideaway, with an open plan living and dining area, and a sofa bed should guests be joining you. The Best Family Cottage is perched on a bank overlooking the lake, and boasts two bedrooms (one double, one twin). There’s also a wood-burning stove – perfect for cosy winter breaks.

Fido will find a bowl waiting in his room as he gets settled in with his favourite bed from home.

Human and hound abound

Drying coat at the ready! The Lake District is a pooch’s pawfect playground; the hotel’s shoreline will provide the waggiest way for paddle-loving pooches to start their day, while land lovers can explore the nearby footpaths and trails.

Relax and revive

The nooks and crannies of Swim Club provide a relaxed environment to help you unwind. The 20m pool has floor to ceiling glass on two sides, seamlessly blending in to the surrounds. There is also a hot tub and sauna. Two treatment rooms offer the ultimate relaxation experience, and there’s a snug to hunker down in before and after.

Swim Club also boasts a cardio room should a spot of traditional gym work be your thing, but it’s all about the great outdoors here. Step away from the pool and opt for some wild swimming in the calm lake waters, or try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding or sailing. Most activities offer introductory sessions for newbies – book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The extra bits

Take some time out and leaf through a book or two in the library.

Children are more than welcome, and extra beds and cots can be provided and will fit in Better rooms and above. There is also a kid’s club should you be looking for some down time.

Essentials

  • 10 dog-friendly rooms as well as 2 family cottages; 40 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11.30am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £180
  • Breakfast included in some rates
  • Additional £15 per night for a dog, £5 per night for a second dog
  • Get those Dubarrys on and explore the Lake District's beautiful scenery with fido

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

Great food is an essential and alluring part of the full hotel experience here.

The Living Space is the hub of the hotel, a blend of bistro and bar, with a welcoming meeting-place vibe. Dishes are seasonal, with local ingredients used to create a menu of British and European dishes. Expect classic bistro fare, including fried squid, burgers and fries, mussels, fresh pasta, and doorstep sandwiches for lighter bites. The Living Space also boasts a terrace – your dog is more than welcome to join you inside and out.

Rampsbeck Restaurant allows guests to sneak a pick at their upcoming plates through the open kitchen, and has views on to the lake beyond. The three-course menu is regional and contemporary, with the likes of Herdwick Lamb, Morecambe Bay shrimp and Cumberland sausage gracing the menu. The charcoal oven adds that extra zing to the meat and fish, while puddings focus on well-executed home-cooking favourites.

Hotel bar

The Living Space serves up all the usual favourites, with a particular focus on some lesser-known but delicious gins.

At your service

Room service is available 24 hour a day, with a reduced menu after 10pm.

The extra bits

Heading out for the day? Ask for a picnic hamper to be prepared for you.

Don’t miss the make-your-own waffle station at breakfast.

A children’s menu is available, or smaller versions of main menu items can also be ordered.

  • The Living Space: Food served 11.30am to 10pm
  • Rampsbeck Restaurant: Dinner served from 6.30pm to 9pm daily
  • Dine with fido in The Living Space
  • Enjoy the lake views from the terrace in the warmer months
  • Dress code: Casual country togs

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

With serene countryside and shoreside walks all around, you’ll both be itching to get out and explore. The grounds themselves include a private lakeside area, a lawned garden, a vegetable patch and herb garden, a walnut grove and a sheep’s field. You might even be able to hunt down a hammock or two.

Further afield, there are plenty of routes, footpaths and tracks to explore around the hotel. Ready to burn some serious calories? Tackle some of The Ullswater Way – the 20 mile track that circles the lake.

If you’re both in the mood to do something at a more leisurely pace, dog-friendly Ullswater Steamers runs daily cruises on the lake between Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown. From Glenridding, cruise on to Aira Force Pier, from where you can do the Aira Force waterfall walk. There are a few steep drops, so keep a close eye on fido. There is also a tea room here where those on four paws are more than welcome.

For other pet-friendly venues to explore in the area, don’t miss our guide to the dog-friendly Lake District, available on Dog Digest.

Location and Contact

Address: Another Place, The Lake, Watermillock, Ullswater, Lake District, CA11 0LP

Hit the road

Another Place, The Lake is a 10 minute drive from the M6. At Junction 40, leave the motorway and head west on the A66. After two miles you’ll need to turn left onto the A592. After a few miles, drive past Pooley Bridge, and the hotel is on the left. There is plenty of space on site to park your car.

All aboard

Penrith station is the nearest to the hotel, and a three hour train ride from the Capital. It’s a short hop of around 10 minutes in a cab from there to your lakeside hideaway. We’d recommend booking a dog-friendly taxi in advance.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

Another Place, The Lake

Rigby's Review - Guest starred by Monty

Scampering, splashing and socialising

As we pulled into the car park of Another Place, our first glimpse of the hotel was blurred by soft, fine drizzle turning the world soft focus through the wet windscreen. It may have dampened Monty’s coat to a frizz, but it couldn’t dampen canine spirits as he leapt from the car, eager to explore.

Having recently undergone a major extension and refurbishment, Another Place is slap bang on the banks of Ullswater, a location that may well be doggy nirvana. It was just a hop, skip and a jump (on Monty’s part) to the reception area, set in the original hallway of the old house. Breathing in the smell of new carpets and fresh linens after the recent extensive renovation, we were keen to explore. Accompanied by the friendly reception staff, we set off on a brief and enthusiastic tour of the hotel, including the main restaurant, which boasted a relaxed vibe and contemporary furnishings throughout, with huge leather banquettes perfect for a long brunch. We passed through the stylish library area into The Living Space, a family-friendly casual dining area reminiscent of an all too tempting coffee shop, with huge squashy sofas, large picture windows and plenty of newspapers to flick through.

The majority of the dog-friendly rooms are housed in the new wing, which with its separate entrance is perfect for quick outside access for humans and hounds. A double flight of stairs led to our lakeside-room. Spacious and welcoming, with velvet armchairs, faux fur sheepskin throws and a jar of Tunnock’s chocolate tea cakes (remember those?) in the fridge, chairs were angled towards the huge window (complete with Juliette balcony), which overlooked the lake, and with magazines piled on the coffee table we were tempted to linger. The room felt fresh, clean and relaxing, with bold splashes of colour lifting the otherwise-neutral colour scheme. Monty did a whistle-stop tour, pausing to check out the bowl thoughtfully provided by the management before looking pointedly at the jar of teacakes! With the rain easing, we set out to explore the grounds. Perfect for water-loving woofers, the hotel is just yards from the lake and makes the most of its location, with a variety of water sports on offer – for humans that is. What it offers for dogs is a muddy, splashy slice of heaven. Monty dashed in and out, sending plumes of water from scampering paws – thank goodness we’d brought plenty of towels with us! We then set off to explore the rest of the hotel’s 18 acres of grounds, thankful of our wellies to explore the wet fields in.

With a table booked for us in the main restaurant, a dog-free zone, Monty (aka soggy doggy) settled down for a snooze, daydreaming of puddles no doubt! The atmosphere was laid back and the staff friendly, chatty and enthusiastic, making us feel very much at home. After having our fill, we collected Mr. Wet Whiskers and headed to the small formal garden with gravel paths, ideal for late-night pooch comfort breaks, before going upstairs to wind down with herbal tea from the extensive in-room selection, and an early night for all.

The following morning, we listened anxiously before drawing back the curtains. Was it? Could it be? Yes! It had stopped raining! We headed downstairs to start the day. While the stunning new infinity pool and hot tub were beckoning, keen to make the most of the sun’s brief guest appearance we decided to get going. The extensive buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant, but we were more than welcome to collect our meal and take it along to The Living Space to enjoy with Monty. Soon, he was lounging contentedly at our feet (occasionally getting up to greet fellow canine guests), while the restaurant manager fussed him and offered more coffee. With the buffet a mix of the traditional (bacon and eggs) and the novel (individual waffle makers with ready-made measures of batter), we were enticed to spread out the newspapers and literally make a meal of it. In fact, we’d probably be there still if Monty hadn’t leapt up and dragged us to the door, keen to head back waterside.

We packed up our bags, loaded our still-damp waterproofs and left everything in the care of the attentive hotel staff while we drove the short distance to Glendridding to board the ferry across to Howtown. Dogs are welcome on the ferry, and Monty was delighted to feel the wind in his ears and greet the other ‘old sea dogs’ on board – of which there were many, from a tiny Jack Russell cross to a lurcher. Once at Howtown, we took the path along the edge of the lake to walk the seven miles back to Glenridding. We strode (well, walked!) up and down the varied terrain, stopping off to admire the view and also making two stops for tea (well, it was a holiday), arriving back at the car around two and a half hours later. Monty scampered alongside off-lead most of the way, just leashing up when the local Lakeland sheep were in view.

Finally, tired, happy, wet, muddy, mostly rain-free and full of cake, we returned to the hotel to collect our bags and squeeze in another cup of tea before hitting the trail home.

Another Place is the ideal venue for the adventure-loving hound who craves a bit of contemporary comfort post-scampering. With a relaxed, contemporary vibe, it’s a place to chill, kick back and embrace nature – whatever the weather.

By Monty (Rigby’s discerning Springer Spaniel paw-friend) and Sara

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5 Paws Megan, October 4, 2018.

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Another Place The Lake. A beautiful and very relaxed hotel in an incredible setting, with excellent food and warm, attentive service. We felt there was a good mix of young families, couples with (and without) dogs and older guests which means that everyone feels welcome. Would thoroughly recommend, and can’t wait to go back!

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