The Cottage in the Wood bills itself as a restaurant with rooms, and in that respect it undersells itself. Sure it doesn't have all the usual hotel trimmings (no trouser press, or iron, or DVD - like we care - and the rooms are simple, for the price), but as a place to stay in gorgeous countryside, we found it a wonderful base. And when I say simple, I don't mean basic, I just mean unfussy, elegant, and very comfortable. And you do get a whirlpool bath which after 8 hours out on the fells is more of a treat than you expect!
I think what makes it a great place to stay is the ambience among the staff. The girls who serve in the restaurant seem like a gang who genuinely get on with each other - they don't have the weary courtesy of most hotel staff you come across. Perhaps it's working in a place where you look out onto the most stunning view of Skiddaw, with red squirrels frolicking in the garden while you eat your breakfast.
And just to say - yes, the restaurant is superb.
So... yes, it is a bit pricey, but as an overall experience, if you want a Lakeland treat, I was more than happy paying out for a thoroughly satisfying and relaxing experience.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking