The Cottage in the Wood

‘Perfectly positioned’ on Whinlatter Pass, and with ‘stunning views’ towards Skiddaw from the curving conservatory restaurant, Kath and Liam Berney’s restaurant-with-rooms is surrounded by England’s only true mountain forest. More

Contact details

The Cottage in the Wood
Magic Hill
Whinlatter Forest
Braithwaite
Cumbria
CA12 5TW
England
017687 78409

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, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £110–£205. Set menu £45, tasting menus £55–£65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Perfectly positioned’ on Whinlatter Pass, and with ‘stunning views’ towards Skiddaw from the curving conservatory restaurant, Kath and Liam Berney’s restaurant-with-rooms is surrounded by England’s only true mountain forest. Rich Collingwood is the new chef, but the kitchen’s principles haven’t changed: the daily menus, particularly the Cumbria-themed tasting menus, are based on seasonal produce from sea, shore, woodland, fell and farm. Among the modern dishes: asparagus, morels, wild garlic, quail’s egg; Herdwick hogget, purple sprouting broccoli, merguez. Five cosy bedrooms in the oldest part of the house are small, ‘but then, this is a cottage-style 17th-century coaching inn’. Guests wanting more space to stretch out could book one of the larger mountain-view rooms, which have a whirlpool bath and separate shower in the bathroom, or the garden room, spacious enough for a seating area with a leather sofa. Wake to birdsong, then breakfast on award-winning Waberthwaite sausages, Craster kippers or a free-range-egg omelette with forest mushrooms. The market town of Keswick, on Derwentwater, is a short, scenic drive away. (Richard Osborne, ST, and others)

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Special offers

Two and Three Night Summer Special Offers from less than £200 per night

This offer is exclusive to Good Hotel Guide readers, and is available throughout the Summer months of June, July and August (August bank holiday weekend excluded from the offer). Three nights dinner, bed and breakfast, including the Taste Cumbria menu on your last night. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Prices from £580 per room (for three nights). Also Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast including our Taste Cumbria menu on your last night. Tuesday – Saturday: Prices from £420 per room for two (for two nights). To take advantage of this special offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

10% discount voucher

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

Guest comments

'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 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
'A very charming owner. Dinner superb on both nights. Bedroom with all comforts. Red squirrels a bonus. Thoughtful touches and good service. ' - PH - May, 2017
'Perfect;u positioned. Some bedrooms are small (this is a cottage-style coaching inn), but we were upgraded to the spacious,, luxurious garden room. Great dinner and good breakfast. ' - ST - October, 2016

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