Slumbering on the shores of Ullswater in eighteen acres of parkland, is a grand Georgian house which is on the cusp of a new lease of life. Formally known as the Rampsbeck Hotel, the building has been recently bought by the team behind Cornwall’s trendy Watergate Bay hotel and is undergoing a £3.5m regeneration and expansion programme. Set to welcome visitors in the summer of 2017, the property will be the first to open in a new collection of destination hotels, all under the ‘Another Place’ brand, with each venue individually tailored to suit their unique environment. Another Place: The Lake, as the Rampsbeck will now be known, will share the same philosophy as the Watergate Bay, and enjoy year-round activity with a focus on location based pursuits, stunning accommodation and good food and drink.
In order to make the transition, the Rampsbeck closed its doors in the summer of 2015 allowing re-development to begin. The exclusive Rampseck hotel had been lavishly furnished with both period and contemporary furniture and lighting, not to mention yards of the finest drapery, cushions and throws. No expense was spared in its decoration. These traditional furnishings are now looking for a new home, being rendered surplus during the hotel’s transformation to contemporary chic. Their sale has been placed in the hands of Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers and will take place at their Carlisle auction rooms. ‘These furnishings are just the sort of thing our audience is looking for; both period and contemporary furniture, lighting and luxurious soft furnishings of the highest quality.’ says auctioneer Paul Laidlaw. The sale ranges from numerous extremely fine Flemish and other chandeliers, though to sumptuous curtains originally costing many thousands of pounds each and in superb condition’.
The hotel contents will be sold on site at the Laidlaw saleroom in the heart of Carlisle on Saturday January 28th, with live internet bidding available for those unable to attend on the day. The hotel itself is set to re-open this summer. The concept is one of a ski-resort, where guests are active during the day and immersed in a cosy environment at night. ‘It is original for the UK and fundamentally authentic’ says owner Will Ashworth. Guests to the new hotel will be able to enjoy open water swimming, sailing, paddle boarding, cycling and skiing. While the Swim Club will offer a 20 metre indoor pool and treatment rooms. Funding for the second and third hotels in the Another Place chain is already in place, and this includes the redevelopment of the Royal William Yard, a Grade-I listed former naval victualling building in Plymouth where work is already underway.
Visit the website of Another Place, The Lakes