The Cottage in the Wood

Braithwaite, Cumbria

The woodland setting of this restaurant-with-rooms offers tranquillity and Michelin-starred dining that suits walkers as well as those looking to sit back and relax. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The woodland setting of this restaurant-with-rooms offers tranquillity and Michelin-starred dining that suits walkers as well as those looking to sit back and relax. Liam and Kath Berney’s 17th-century cottage in Whinlatter Forest enjoys views to Skiddaw and surroundings teeming with wildlife. A very ‘personal hotel’, with ‘hands-on’ owners, its boutique bedrooms have shimmery wallpapers and pale-wood furnishings as well as fresh milk and home-made shortbread. Some are small but offer ‘a comfy bed and a great view of the mountains’. Modern bathrooms can be a squeeze but have a decent shower and good-sized bath – ideal for sprucing up after a day’s walking. Then it’s canapés in the lounge before moving into the candlelit dining room to enjoy Ben Wilkinson’s ‘faultless cooking’. It’s a very short-choice menu, as a reader points out, but there’s a tasting menu option, too. ‘Beautifully balanced’ dishes might include hogget with lentils, spiced carrot and roast sweetbread, and cured trout with oyster cream, dill and cucumber. Breakfast includes home-made yogurt granola, omelettes and creamy scrambled eggs. (Peter Anderson, SP)

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

D,B&B doubles from £270, singles ring to check. Set dinner £65, tasting menu £75. 1-night bookings refused weekends.