The Cottage in the Wood

Braithwaite, Cumbria

Now with a Michelin star, this restaurant-with-rooms has confirmed its status as one of the Lake District’s top foodie places – and is set in an enviably tranquil location. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Now with a Michelin star, this restaurant-with-rooms has confirmed its status as one of the Lake District’s top foodie places – and is set in an enviably tranquil location. Liam and Kath Berney’s 17th-century cottage, its surroundings teeming with wildlife, is tucked into woodland on Whinlatter Pass with views to Skiddaw. After a day’s walking and canapés in the ‘comfortable lounge’, it’s time to move into the candlelit restaurant for Ben Wilkinson’s ‘awesome dinners’. These make creative use of local produce: salt-baked beetroot with sheep’s curd and horseradish, perhaps, or Eden Valley pork with shallot and black truffle. ‘The iced cream cheese with strawberries was delicious,’ one reader relates. Afterwards, you can retire to boutique-style bedrooms with shimmery wallpapers and pale-wood furnishings as well as fresh milk and home-made shortbread. Bigger rooms with the best fell views are ‘light and airy, and very comfortable’ but one had a ‘tiny’ bathroom. Breakfasts feature ‘perfect eggs’ although one reader bewails the ‘lack of fresh orange juice’ at this ‘unique, special place’. (Sara Price, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Magic Hill
Whinlatter Forest
Braithwaite
Cumbria
CA12 5TW
England

Telephone

01768 778409

Bedrooms

9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.

Open

all year except 25/26 Dec, 2nd and 3rd week Jan, closed Sun, Mon.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, secure bicycle storage, terraced garden, 
2 acres of woodland, restaurant and public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room D,B&B double £230–£320. Set dinner £55, tasting menu £75. 1-night bookings refused weekends.