The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England, CA12 5TW, United Kingdom | Hotel
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We should have just driven through the night...

A travel blog entry by jolawrence1


... before the alarm went off at 7.55am. Now whether it was the very nice treats left by the hotel, the big fat chips that we couldn't finish, or just the excitement of being somewhere new, Murray needed to visit the little doggies room, or in other words the lashing-rain-soaked, swamp like patch of grass out the front of the hotel, a good five times throughout the night. And she very nicely spaced them out so that by the time you were dried off, back in ...

A nice break from a long day out

A travel blog entry by ldschaub


... it was time to figure out some dinner. We were starting to find the most places require reservations, which is very frustrating when you walk into a restaurant and see several open tables and the place is booked. We ended up finding a place called Nandos which I think is a chain, but the food was awesome! The place really only served chicken and vegetarian meals but it was welcomed. You chose the level of spice and then how you wanted your meal prepared ...

Fun photography in Keswick

A travel blog entry by ldschaub


... had let up so the visibility was better and we could actually see across the lake. We drove up and down a couple of high points to try and get a good view of the lake. We stopped at a hilltop pull off to see the area. The parking lots were full of slush which made our walking limited, especially after Logan fell trying to get a good view of the lake. Even with soaking wet jeans, he was able to score a couple of pretty awesome photos of the hill side ...

A snowey adventure

A travel blog entry by ldschaub


We set off early Friday morning since I had the day off from work with the plan of heading up to lake district, grabbing a bite to eat, going for a four mile hike in lake district that is supposed to be beautiful and then going to Carlisle that night to sleep. We were going to Edinburgh this weekend and thought it would be a nice way to break up the five to six hour drive.

In typical UK fashion, the weather looked like ...


A travel blog entry by ewanrichardson

I departed Oxenholme station in late afternoon, after waving my family goodbye I settled into the first stage of my long journey across the world.

After several hours on the virgin train from the north I arrived in
london at Euston, I crossed to Notting hill gate to meet natascha, my
first host of the long trip! She showed me around the area of london
where she lives and we went for a cheeky pint in a lovely little pub.

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This hotel, located on Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, is near Honister Slate Mine, Cumberland Pencil Museum, The Bowder Stone, and Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum.
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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!

    Birthday Special


    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.

    Fantastic Break


    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.

    Stunning Location! Stunning Food! We loved Cottage In The Wood


    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.

    Disappointed ....


    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.

    Absolutely fabulous


    We have stayed at the Cottage in the Wood three times in the last 18 months and we have had an absolutely wonderful stay each time.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Cottage in the Wood Braithwaite

    5.00 of 5 stars Outstanding