The Cottage in the Wood

‘We got the warmest welcome we have ever received from any hotel.’ Praise this year for Kath and Liam Berney’s restaurant-with-rooms deep in the Whinlatter forest. In the converted 17th-century coaching inn, chef Chris Archer’s modern European dinners are served in the conservatory-style dining room, which has ‘great views’ over the garden (and red squirrels) towards the Skiddaw mountain range. Menus feature much regional, local and foraged produce, perhaps Rose veal, potato gnocchi, asparagus, morels. ‘I ordered the chocolate dessert three times during our stay.’ A visitor this year enjoyed the ‘delicious’ turbot, but would have liked more variety on the menu. Equipped with home-made shortbread, and tea- and coffee-making facilities, bedrooms vary in size: the Garden Room had ‘lots of space and a beautiful bathroom’; a smaller Cottage Room was ‘clean and well appointed – perfectly good for a two-night stay’. Breakfast is ‘a lovely experience’: yogurts, fresh fruit, home-made jam and marmalade; a dish of duck egg and crispy bacon on sourdough bread was ‘a great way to start a day on the fells’. (John Patterson, Hilary Blakemore)
  • Perfectly positioned, with stunning views.Most bedrooms are small (but this ifs a cottage-style coaching inn). We were upgraded to the generously proportioned garden room. We liked the way the living area was divided by a central wood-burning stove, creating two cosy seating areas. Great dinner and great breakfast.

    Stephanie Thompson, 22/03/2016

  • We had stayed at the Cottage in the Wood a few years ago so I hoped that we would not be disappointed;we were not! A wonderful stay of four nights awaited us with the most delicious food in the restaurant. Our room was the Garden Room - lots of room and a beautiful bathroom. Breakfast a lovely experience - one day there was a special with a duck egg on sour dough bread with crispy bacon - a great way to start a day on the fells.

    Hilary Blakemore, 05/08/2014

  • The warmest welcome we have ever received from any hotel. The staff really can't do enough for you. Our room (Birch) was one of the smaller cottage rooms but clean and well appointed, and perfectly good enough for a two-night stay. We were pleased to be given a table on both nights at the front of the conservatory-style dining room which has great views over the garden towards Skiddaw. We were lucky enough to see red squirrels as we dined. We enjoyed the modern cooking style but the menu does not change daily. It offered three main course choices: lamb, pork and fish. The turbot was delicious, but to avoid ordering the same dishes on the second night we went for the "taste menu". It probably sees itself as a restaurant with rooms and not a hotel, so it does not feel the need to change its menu daily.

    John Patterson, 01/07/2014

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The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
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The Pencil Museum
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Contact Details

The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest BRAITHWAITE Cumbria England CA12 5TW


017687 78409

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.


all year except Christmas, restaurant closed Mon.


lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, drying room, secure bicycle storage, terraced garden, 2 acres of woodland, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 10.


not allowed.

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[2015] per room B&B £88–£210. Set menu £45, tasting menu £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

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