The Cottage in the Wood

‘Stunning views’ towards Skiddaw, and glimpses of rare wildlife, are served with ‘superb dinner’ at Kath and Liam Berney’s ‘idyllic’ restaurant-with-rooms on the Whinlatter Pass. More

Contact details

The Cottage in the Wood
Magic Hill
Whinlatter Forest
Braithwaite
Cumbria
CA12 5TW
England
01768 778409

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.

Open

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

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 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

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £96, double £96-£220, D,B&B double £200-£290. Set menu £45, tasting menu £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Stunning views’ towards Skiddaw, and glimpses of red squirrels, are served with the ‘superb dinner’ at Kath and Liam Berney’s ‘idyllic’ restaurant-with-rooms on the Whinlatter Pass. The Cottage in question is a 17th-century coaching inn; the Wood is England’s only true mountain forest. ‘The owners have translated their passion and hard work through to the staff. The enthusiasm is addictive,’ report readers in 2018. ‘It was like staying with friends.’ New chef Ben Wilkinson’s northern European-style dishes reflect the wooded Lakeland location, often with a pine-infused flavour. The Herdwick hogget remains a perennial favourite. ‘The tasting menu was superb; the wines exquisite.’ In some rooms, original features sit alongside slick, contemporary flourishes. While those in the main house can be small, even ‘tiny’, they have ‘all the comforts’. The loft room allows stargazing from your bed, while the ‘generously proportioned, luxurious’ garden room offers a seating area and striking wet room. ‘A lot of thoughtful touches’ is the conclusion of two readers, who, at breakfast, were asked ‘if they preferred their scrambled eggs creamy or firmer – the first time that has ever happened!’. (Neil Leaver, RO, and others)

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Special offers

Autumn 'Taste Cumbria' Special Offer

To celebrate the arrival of Autumn, throughout September, October and November here’s a three-night mid-week break that includes dinner each evening and culminating in the ‘Taste Cumbria’ menu. Or take advantage of the two-night offer that also includes the Weekend. Dinner, bed and breakfast rates offer great value for money with two or three-night packages from just £420.00 per room. This package should be booked direct. Please mention Autumn Colours Offer. T&Cs apply. To take advantage of this special offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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The Cottage in the Wood
Magic Hill
Whinlatter Forest
Braithwaite
Cumbria
CA12 5TW

Guest comments

'We thought everything about this small, personal hotel was excellent. The accommodation, the evening meal, breakfast, the quality of the wine, the helpfulness of the staff and the overall atmosphere could not be faulted. It provided good value for money which is not always the case. The quantity of the food in the evening meal was not large but at the end of the meal we felt that we had eaten enough: good food and wine served by knowledgeable staff (including one of the owners) ' - - August, 2018
'From the first phone-call to book, we realised that this was a unique place. Kath and Liam tcreated an extraordinary environment, and it was as though we were staying with friends. They could not have been more helpful. Our room overlooked the terrace and the mountains and was in perfect order. The food was an inspiration, prepared with but care . A special place where the owners have translated their passion and hard work through to their staff; the enthusiasm is addictive. ' - Neil Leaver - June, 2018

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