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The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5TW England
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2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
17th Century fully renovated coaching Inn located in the middle of Whinlatter, England's only mountain forest. Stunning views of the Forest Valley and Skiddaw mountain range. The Forest hosts a variety of wildlife including Deer and Red Squirrels. This restaurant with rooms has achieved recognition through the award of Cumbria Tourism's Taste Cumbria 2016 and 3 AA rosette for culinary excellence. 'The Cottage' is featured in the Good Food Guide and Good Hotel Guide, and in 2017-18 was selected as Inspectors Choice by the AA.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Shared lounge / TV area
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Room features
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Sue B wrote a review Nov 2021
Guildford, United Kingdom3 contributions8 helpful votes
I was given vouchers for the restaurant as a retirement present from my previous firm, Burnetts in Carlisle last Christmas. We finally got to go last night. We live locally so taxied there and back. From the time we arrived until we left the evening was magical. The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more professional. They were proud of their food and wines and the amount of explanation was just enough and not over the top. We had the taste of Cumbria menu with matching wine flight. The food was superb and the wines very carefully chosen. We live locally and this is the fourth time we have been over the last six years. Definitely the best. Thank you Kath, Liam and the team. We will definitely be coming back. Sue and Peter Baker.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Sue S wrote a review Nov 2021
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We have just returned from a 2 night break at the Cottage in the Wood which had been delayed due to covid. It really was well worth waiting for. Kath and her team have made the whole experience easy and wonderful. Everyone was professional, friendly and offered the highest level of service. The room( a mountain view) was lovely, clean and cosy. We had dinner on the first night which was delicious and went for the full tasting menu on our second night; following a good walk. Every course was a surprise and made us both taste things we wouldn't normally have ordered, it was quite simply sublime. Breakfast was equally well cooked and offered a good selection of options. This mornings highlight being the red squirrel eating nuts just through the window whilst I ate beautiful creamy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Thank you to the whole team for a wonderful birthday experience
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Valentina T wrote a review Nov 2021
2 contributions
Lovely place and amazing food!! I was here last Saturday for lunch with my husband...everything was perfect. Staff very kind and gentle and the food was an heavenly experience. It was definitely worth the price!! The prosecco was divine! Everything from starters to desserts was simply delicious, and we had a wonderful view on the mountains! We will come back very soon!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
John F wrote a review Oct 2021
147 contributions34 helpful votes
We travelled 2 hours to get here for lunch and were not disappointed. Very warm welcome as soon as we walked through the door. We had to book months in advance which tells it’s own story. Needless to say, the food was excellent, with with lots of components in every dish, looked amazing and tasted great. A wonderful culinary experience!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Graham T wrote a review Oct 2021
Chorley, United Kingdom1 contribution
Our stay was the most pleasant , relaxing hospitality experience we have had in many years. Kath and all her team were so helpful and friendly and their service level and professionalism were faultless. Special mention also for the food and wines which were up there with the best in the world. This is an English gem and we wish them every success in the future. We’ll be back !!! Graham and Family
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cottage in the Wood
Which popular attractions are close to The Cottage in the Wood?
Nearby attractions include Alpacaly Ever After (4.8 km), Derwentwater (5.8 km), and Surprise View (7.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cottage in the Wood?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Cottage in the Wood?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cottage in the Wood?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cottage in the Wood?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Round, Panino Italiano, and Fellpack.
Are there any historical sites close to The Cottage in the Wood?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (7.9 km), Mirehouse & Gardens (4.4 km), and Crosthwaite Parish Church (5.2 km).
Does The Cottage in the Wood have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.