The Cottage in the Wood
A whitewashed cottage on a steep woodland pass may seem an unlikely setting for Michelin-starred dining, but this restaurant-with-rooms charms both the eye and the palate. More
Good Hotel Guide Review
A whitewashed cottage on a steep woodland pass may seem an unlikely setting for Michelin-starred dining, but this restaurant-with-rooms charms both the eye and the palate. Liam and Kath Berney’s former 17th-century drovers’ inn, in Whinlatter Forest, enjoys views to Skiddaw and a rural environment that teems with birds and wildlife. It’s ‘immensely relaxing’, as is Kath’s warm welcome. With the minimum of fuss, she ensures cases are whisked to rooms and will suggest walks should you want to work up an appetite. Rooms have a neat, contemporary style with feature wallpapers, oak furniture and perhaps a brass bedstead. Some are ‘small but well designed’. Modern bathrooms, some compact, have ‘good lighting and a decent shower’. Nice touches include ‘delicious home-made shortbread’ and, for rooms with a tub, ‘bath soak; perfect for easing walkers’ limbs!&rsquo. The new head chef, Sam Miller, displays his impressive Michelin pedigree (the three-star Noma in Copenhagen and two-star Faviken in Sweden) in his sample menus. Breakfast includes home-made yogurt granola, omelettes and ‘the creamiest of scrambled eggs’. (HP) Breakfast includes home-made yogurt granola, omelettes and ‘the creamiest of scrambled eggs’. (HP)
9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.
all year except 25/26 Dec, 2nd and 3rd week Jan, last week in June, closed Sun, Mon, Tues.
lounge, restaurant (vegetarian menu), in-room TV (Freeview), secure bicycle storage, terraced garden, 2 acres of woodland, restaurant and public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
not under 10.
D,B&B doubles (with tasting menu) from £400, singles ring to check. Set lunch £75, dinner tasting menu £110.
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