The Cottage in the Wood
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... Stonegarth in Keswick. It is a lovely B and B. The bathroom has a spa bath and walk in shower and the mirror becomes a TV - haven't seen this before. We had a cup of coffee and then went for a walk into Keswick. We found a map which showed it would take us a while to walk to the lake known as Derwent Water so we turned around and went to an Italian restaurant, Casa Bella, for a pizza. We walked back to the B and B and watched yet another Grand ...
... and some ups and downs through nice farmland. We arrived at noon to the welcome sight of Lake Windermere, and strolled down the streets to the beautiful Bowness town centre and lake front. So many people! Probably not as crowded as mid-summer, but after the last few days it was strange to be among so many tourists. We felt relief and a sense of achievement to have made it here.
Our B&B was close by ...
... course, but we still managed to go slightly off course a couple of times. One of these we’re blaming on a herd of cattle we’re sure were deliberately hiding the gate we should have gone through.
Finally we saw Kendal in the distance. The Dales Way actually goes through Burnside, but our accommodation was in Kendal about 4km to the south. Being Sunday there were no buses, trains or taxis so after our 20km day we had this extra stretch before ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
As it is the weekend and lovely hot weather we decided to relax a little today. We thought that visitor attractions would be too busy so we will be giving them a miss for today. We had to do a laundry load, which meant having a beer while we waited. Yes it is a shame, it's a hard ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Cottage in the Wood Braithwaite
My wife and I visited this lovely hotel for a long weekend recently, on the basis of other reviews in Trip Advisor. Happily the other reviews were accurate and we had a fantastic weekend.
Having stayed in many hotels in and around Keswick I feel compelled to write this review!
My partner, Karen ,booked this hotel on the recommendation of a work colleague. What an absolute gem of a place. From beginning to end we had a truly exceptional weekend without any faults whatsoever. On arrival we were greeted by Kath with a tray of tea and homemade cakes. Liam can only best be described as a genius in the kitchen creating top quality evening dinners and excellent breakfasts. The support staff were very polite and made our stay a memorable one. This is most definitely worth a visit and Karen and I (Dave) will be coming back.
Nice location, great service.
The Cottage in the Wood is a small country hotel situated in a secluded location in the Whinlatter Forest. The hotel is very picturesque with some stunning views from the dining room across the Skiddaw mountain range. Make sure you are first down for the excellent cooked breakfast so you can sit at one of the window tables and gaze out at the fantastic scenery. The owner Kath and all of her staff were always helpful and provided an excellent level of service. At £37.50 pppn for bed & breakfast it is very good value for money and I would seriously consider paying a little bit extra for one of the de-luxe rooms.
Just back from a fanastic weekend away at the Cottage in the Wood. The break started really well when we arrived after a long drive and Kath set up a complementary welcome of tea, coffee and cakes in the garden. The hotel is ideally set for lots of great walks, which we took full advantage of, and Kath and her staff were always on hand to offer suggestions.
We had booked the evening meals with them. There is a fixed menu, as noted in earlier reviews, so the choices are limited, however dont let this put you off as the food was consistently at an excellent standard. The views from the dining room are just as good as the food and we couldn't have wished for a better way to celebrate my wife's birthday.
We have just returned from our second stay at Cottage In The Wood under Kath and Liam's management. The hotel is situated on the Whinlatter Pass just outside Braithwaite, near Keswick,with outstanding views of Skiddaw. As the name implies, it is a cottage hotel (formerly a 17th century coaching inn)and the rooms, of which there are just 10, are in the same style and spotlessly clean. Liam's food is to die for and whilst there is only one choice of three course meal(four courses Friday and Saturday)each evening, it is absolutely out of this world, with all food being sourced locally wherever possible. If you will eat almost anything, as we do, you will not be disappointed! The menu for the meal that evening is always available to tempt you at breakfast! The huge Cumbrian breakfast keeps you going through the day too, and you can choose something lighter if you wish. Liam and Kath cannot do enough for you, so if you have special dietary requirements they will certainly do everything they can to accomodate.
Superb, Excellent, Great Service
I have stayed at The Cottage on 3 occasions the food is to die for, and has recently received such recognition in "The Good Hotel Guide" The Hotel is ideal for walkers and allows dogs. Liam and Kath can't do enough for you and make you feel totally at home. The views and the scenery are breath taking.
The Cottage is in a beautiful setting and near wonderful walking but the approach to customer satisfaction was very disappointing. The rooms were all very cold and the ground floor bedroom damp. The heating had some problems but the response was 'well it is winter'. We were given room heaters but they were small, very noisy fans and not much good. One of our friends had mice in her room; eating the soap and climbing in her back. The response was traps set which did not catch anythign the first night but went off in the night. The owner seemed to think this was OK and did not even ask the next morning if our friend was ok. My mother had two small dogs. We were told this was fine before going but when we got there there were numerous restrictions. They could not stay in her room while we ate and they had to go into a freezing vehicle! There were some good bits in the menu but it is set and no choice so a little limiting for a longer stay. All in all we were very disappointed after a wonderful break the year before in another hotel in the lake district.