The Cottage in the Wood

Braithwaite, Cumbria

‘Everything about this small, personal hotel was faultless, from the accommodation, food and helpful staff to the overall atmosphere. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Everything about this small, personal hotel was faultless, from the accommodation, food and helpful staff to the overall atmosphere.’ Readers loved this year’s stay at Kath and Liam Berney’s restaurant-with-rooms on Whinlatter Pass. Surrounded by England’s only true mountain forest, the former coaching inn has views towards Skiddaw and the Northern Fells, close-ups of red squirrels and deer. Light contemporary-style bedrooms range from very snug to the garden room with separate entrance, seating area and wet room. Oak and Ash rooms have a whirlpool bath and a shower. ‘Our room, overlooking the terrace and mountains, was in perfect order, always clean and fresh when we returned in the evening.’ In the dining room with panoramic views and wraparound terrace, chef Ben Wilkinson’s ‘awesome dinners’ include ingredients raised, grown or foraged in Cumbria. For instance, Herdwick hogget loin, spiced carrot, Puy lentils, fried sweetbread, Roscoff onion; hen of the woods, Old Winchester gnocchi, roast butternut squash, tenderstem broccoli, charred hispi. ‘Liam acted as sommelier at night and chef in the morning (great breakfast, by the way).’ ‘Thoroughly recommended.’ (NL, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Magic Hill
Whinlatter Forest
Braithwaite
Cumbria
CA12 5TW
England

Telephone

017687 78409

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, 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

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room D,B&B double £210–£300. Set dinner £50, tasting menu £70. 1-night bookings refused weekends.