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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17th Century former 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cottage In The Wood Hotel Braithwaite