Take a peek inside the Lake District’s new luxury cabins

Another place – The lake – shepherd’s hut. Photos: Ben Carpenter Photography

A new treehouse and luxury cabins will open on the shores of Ullswater.

Another Place, The Lake, creates six oak shepherd’s huts with roofs and double beds for stargazing, a Victorian-style greenhouse welcoming everything from wood-fired feasts to yoga sessions in the garden, and a reconstructed cabin by the Sheep Shed lake, to change all year round, showers and wetsuit drying.

A 70m² treehouse designed by an architect, accessed by a bridge with stunning views is the highlight. It has three sections – two double bedrooms and a bathroom. On the outside, it has a free-standing bathtub, while the inside has a wood-burning stove, a sofa area and an interior design inspired by the hotel rooms.

“The treehouse will be one of a kind and the largest accommodation offered at any of our locations,” said another location, The Lake CEO Will Ashworth.

“But the set – the treehouse, the shepherd’s huts, the greenhouse and the sheep shed – will bring new energy and a new buzz. We combine great hospitality and unique experiences with a sublime natural environment.

For the three family shepherd huts and the three shepherd pairs, Will and his team collaborated with the Blackdown Shepherd Hut company. With its workshop of expert carpenters and craftspeople in Ilminster, Somerset, Blackdown is one of the UK’s leaders in creating high quality contemporary shepherd’s hut experiences.

Each unit will include a brace of two shepherd’s huts, connected by a glass walkway. One side houses a double bed with a roof that looks at the stars and a solid copper tub in a large double window; the other a sitting area, wood stove and pantry (or an additional bunk room instead of the copper tub for family huts).

The three couples’ huts look out over the lake and are secluded by rhododendrons – but all have their own landscaped areas (designed by landscape architect Laurel Truscott) with a patio in the morning, sofas or rocking chairs, and ottomans for enjoy the fresh air and great sky.

“They are going to be absolutely lovely,” said Will. “And the quality of the artisanal joinery within these cabins – which is made from FSC-certified French oak – is exceptional. I was amazed by their quality.

Matt Hulme, of Dynargh Design (who recently redesigned the hotel’s Georgian suites, as well as the creation of the Watergate Bay beach lofts), also worked closely with Blackdown and Harrison Pitt Architects (who designed the cabin in the trees) to specify colors, textiles, interior lighting, fixtures and accessories which are a natural continuation of the design philosophy of Another Place.

Sustainability continues to be our focus, with reclaimed flooring and tiles, 100% renewable electricity and heating from the hotel’s biomass boiler. The treehouse is built on a wooden frame and uses an eco-screw pile system for the foundations, thus avoiding the need for concrete or damaging mature trees in its environment.

The 14m x 5m greenhouse, created by Hartley Botanic, will be located in the Gardens – the building closest to the lake – as a focal point for all hotel guests. It will also be next to the vegetable patch, which will supply produce to the chefs at Glasshouse and grow edible plants inside – from tomato vines to fresh herbs.

Guests can enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, wood-fired pizzas, and party nights around a long wooden table – or do yoga and creative workshops in this flexible space. There will be a small terrace outside, to enjoy the view of the lake and the mountain in fine weather.

They will launch Easter 2022.

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