The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW, United Kingdom
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Great hospitality and wonderful food

by A TripAdvisor Member

This was a girly trip away, being one of our birthdays. It was very difficult to tear ourselves away we enjoyed our stay so much. Cath was so friendly, helpful and welcoming. The rooms were excellent we stayed in the deluxe rooms but we saw all the other rooms and I would have been happy with any of them. The food was excellent, it was a set menu and of a very high standard. We stayed mid week and it was quiet at the time . We felt we had the lakes almost to ourselves on the second day we took a bottle of champayne on a walk in Whinlatter Mountain Forest, we sat on a log and enjoyed it as we admired the views and toasted our friends birthday. The previous evening we stayed up to late around a roaring fire, playing cards there is a small well stocked bar. We met a fellow traveller who joined us, he said he could not play cards but managed to beat us once or twice nether the less. It is that sort of place, easy to make friends, and very hospitable, all in all we had a great time at The Cottage in the Wood. We will be back soon.

Exceeded our expectations

by TripAdvisor Member Steve-Airborne

My wife and myself stayed for a weekend at this small hotel in mid November and can honestly say the service offered by Kath, Liam and their staff was second to none. We were welcomed on our arrival with a pot of tea which was a nice little touch. This level of service continued throughout our stay, attentative and friendly but not overbearing. We stayed on a half board basis and with two superb dinners, we would not have wished to have dined elsewhere.
We were looking for somewhere secluded, small and friendly for a romantic weekend. The Cottage in the Woods Country House fitted the bill perfectly. Our bedroom was one of the two deluxe rooms with views across to Skiddaw through Winlatter Forest - well worth the extra money!
A modern bathroom with jacuzzi style bath, soft towels, and quality soaps made all the difference. Together with CD player, complimentary disc and quality tea/coffee facilities we felt home from home.
A lounge area with a fire and a small 'snug' bar gave everything a
cosy feel and it was nice to relax and unwind with a range of fine wines and even my favourite malt whiskey, Talisker on hand.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and intend to return at the earliest opportunity.

A true Gem in the Lake District

by TripAdvisor Member ronac

We stayed here for five nights midweek in November; a lovely time to visit when the autumn leaves in the area are stunning. As we both work in the hospitality industry we are difficult to please when it comes to staying in hotels but we found this place excellent in every way and lives up to the excellent reviews; lovely peaceful location only a ten minute drive into Keswick or a five minute drive to a cosy local pub, a genuinely warm welcome, tasteful and thoughtfully equipt rooms with spotless bathrooms and delicious breakfasts.
It was a great base for walks in the area and we found Keswick the nicest town in the Lakes with plenty of good pubs and restaurants. Our only tip is to stay a few more nights than you planned to - you won't regret it!

Just as good as everyone reports!

by TripAdvisor Member Visitor-UK

Well what can we say except just to reinforce what everyone has already posted about this lovely hotel!

Fine quiet location in forest, lovely rooms, great food even though there is no choice each meal is different and perfectly balanced - to us the high spot of a wonderful pre Xmas break.

Breakfast even has a special of the day, for a small hotel quite exceptional.

For walkers whole range of different grades from easy to eek from the hotel, just leave the car.

Keswick nearby and great place to shop and wander around

Belated review

by TripAdvisor Member Rickyjohn

We stayed here approximately four years ago and found it to be delightful and can confirm all the very positve reviews already made. The food and service are great, knocking the spots off many other local hotels and guest houses. Situated in a great position if you want peace and quiet and located near to some great walks and stunning scenery. Go on, treat yourself!

Loved the care and attention...............

by TripAdvisor Member Jude-7

We have just returned from this exceptional hotel in the Whinlatter Forest just outside of Keswick in the Lakes. It is one of the most relaxing places I have stayed in a long time and the care and attention the owners lavish on their guests is second to non.

The food is wonderful and menus are locally sourced and meticulously planned.........we stayed over a weekend and enjoyed dinner both nights both of which where excellent.

We have already planned to get back there in September as it is a perfect place to recharge the 'batteries'

Great Hotel - Lovely food

by TripAdvisor Member tired_boy

We stayed at the 'Cottage' for one night on 10th Feb for an anniversary. The cottage is located on the Whinlatter Pass in the Whinlatter Forest just over 2 miles from Braithwaite on the way to Lorton.

We arrived at 4pm and was greeted by Kath who was extremely nice and welcoming. Kath took us up and showed us to our room and told how to use the jacuzzi bath, freeview box and a few other things.
The room was really nice and comfortable. We stayed in Room 2 with views over to Skiddaw. The room we stayed in was one of the superior rooms with en-suite facilities. For bed and breakfast our room rate was £55 pppn whereas the standard rooms with shared bathroom were around £40 pppn.

Our en-suite bathroom was clean and modern. In the bedroom was a large bed, tea and coffee facilities, a freeview box and LCD television screen and also a CD player which we thought was a nice extra. Overall we were very impressed with the room with its comfortable bed, modern bathroom and impressive view.

Kath sorted all the guests out with tea, coffee, cake and biscuits downstairs infront of the fire about 15 minutes after checking in. The room downstairs infront of the fire had enough chairs and settees for about 18 people or so and also in the small bar room there were room for another half a dozen people.

Kath was extremely polite and helpful and explained what time the bar would open and when the evening meal would be served. The meal was an extra £30 per person. Everynight the menu changes so some might feel limited but you can find out in advance what the meal will be when you are staying. We were offered a fish alternative if we didnt fancy the Venison that was on the menu when we stayed.

The bar opened at 6:30 where there was a satisfactory selection of ales, lager, wines and spirits. A big bottle of Grolsch was just under £3 and the whiskies we had were around £3 for a single shot of a good single Malt. At 7:30pm we went into the restaurant side in the order that we had come downstairs from our rooms. The menu - Goats Cheese Souffle, then a choice of grapefruit sorbet or Potato and Leek broth with haddock quenelle, venison with potato and 'wilted greens', my wifes chcoolate dessert was gorgeous and i had the selection of cheeses and biscuits with grapes and the finishing with coffee. There are other places to eat nearby if you feel restricted by the limited menu but we would certainly recommend the food to anyone. Breakfast was served from 8.30am to 9.30am. There was a good variety to eat - pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit, melon, 3 types of cereals, jams, marmelade, yoghurts, toast and a choice of a cooked breakfast (2 eggs, mushrooms, tomoatoes, bacon and cumerland sausage) or kippers. The breakfast was excellent and set us up for the day!

Keswick and Derwent Water is about 5 miles away and Buttermere and Crummock Water takes about 20 minutes to get to by car so the cottage is perfectly located for walks and shops too. The nearest pub is just over 2 miles away down in Braithwaite, dont try to walk it back unless beer gives you a feeling of invincibility because it would be a gruelling uphill walk all the way back. The bar in the cottage was good enough for us. In the bar area you will find games to entertain you too, my wife showed me up at Scrabble and at cards (edited because she is watching me now)!

What impressed us more than anything was the oweners friendliness, politeness and willingness to please. Obviously this is lost when you go to a chain hotel because it doesnt mean much to the person serving you whether or not you come back. So this the cottage in the country in the wood country house hotel comes highly recommended from us to people of all age groups. Excellent service, lovely food, warm cosy atmosphere, perfect location, excellent views and clean comfortable modern rooms.

wonderful hotel and hosts

by TripAdvisor Member Angela12345

We have just experienced two wonderful days in a very peaceful location. The hotel has a very relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere, made all the better by the attention to detail given to both the high quality food served, and the comfortable surroundings.

The service provided by all the staff was first class and I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel as the perfect Lakeland retreat. We hope to visit again very soon.

24 hours on!

by TripAdvisor Member lucklesspedestrian

Strange to think that it was only last night that we stayed in The Cottage in the Wood!

It's a lovely old coaching inn which retains it's character downstairs in the public rooms. We had the 'attic suite' which was great fun climbing up the narrow staircase to!

Very surprising to find a very modern, very clean and comfortable couple of rooms all to ourselves at the top of said stairs!

Very comfy bed, great shower, big LCD wall mounted TV with freeview and really excellent double glazing!

Made the mistake of not having our evening meal there and then hearing other guests raving about how good the food was.

All in all quite a special wee place in a great location.


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Address: Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW, United Kingdom