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The Cottage in the Wood
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Braithwaite
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Hull England
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350 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Not as good as its reviews suggest”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

I ate here on Tuesday 08/10/2013 having chosen it from Tripadvisor.
I rate the meal only 6/10 due to many points, lack of flavour, inadequate seasoning, small portion sizes and limited presentation being the main points.
Please do not get me wrong the cooking is reasonable but not outstanding and at these prices I could not recommend it to my friends and family as value for money.
The staff are very good indeed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KeithGHullEngland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Aspatria, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We went to the Cottage in the Wood for my birthday. It was a delight from the friendly greeting at the door to our final goodbyes. We chose the Cumbrian menu, not least because I am so proud of the wonderful food of my adopted county. We were not disappointed. To eat eggs from where I buy my own eggs,and to enjoy a pudding made from locally supplied rum was very satisfying. All the other courses showed off the local produce and were cooked very skillfully. All in all it was a brilliant evening. We shall return.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Janet M
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cambridge
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22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Lovely location on a steep twisty tree lined road. Paradise for red squirrels so take it easy driving.
It really is a first class place to stay though some rooms are small. You can choose the Garden Room for special occasions, we had one of the mountain view rooms which was very good with an excellent view of Siddaw and a comfortable king size bed. On arrival we had a welcome tray of tea and ginger cake from Kath who is the friendly helpful owner and keeps the place running in a tip top fashion. The dining room is a perfect situation but sadly not enough room for everyone to have a window seat. Though I must say they did give every one a turn. Best only stay two/three nights as the menu does not change every night. Very tasty food though and excellent breakfast. All the staff very friendly and helpful.
Whinlatter Centre just up the road and superb walks in the area.

Room Tip: I would recommend Mountain rooms as a good choice. Garden Room something special and Treetops in the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nettleham23
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

Fantastic location. Fantastic food. Fantastic service. To top it all we also had great weather. Lunch time Cumbrian larder menu was brilliant and the staff were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the providence of the food. What's not to like? We will be back!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

The Cottage in the Wood sits on the Whinlatter pass, a region of The Lake district national park that still retains a slightly wild feel with extensive pine woodlands but which is still only a short drive from the bustling town of Keswick. This location means that walkers, cyclists and nature lovers have a multitude of things to do.

On arriving at the Cottage, we were greeted by the friendly owner Kath and showed to the Garden Room. This contemporary accommodation is like something from a top city centre boutique hotel… double king size, wet room with heated flooring, Bose sound system and comfy seating area with wall-mounted flat-screen. Attention to detail in the form of home-made cookies, classy tea and coffee selections and premium soaps bolster the overall experience. However, it’s the dining room which elevates this establishment into one of the very best I’ve visited.

The meal (tasting menu) was absolute perfection. The accompanying wine flight I sampled was equally good and clearly well researched. Locally sourced ingredients, superb flavours and all assembled with a delicateness and innovation which you only find in top London kitchens simply blew us away. (My partner is a vegetarian and was served what she claimed to be was the best veggie fine-dining she’d experienced in 20 years). The overall experience is finished off with friendly, good-humoured and knowledgeable staff. Not cheap but they do say you get what you pay for. For us - simply perfect!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aston51
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Mobberley, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is a delightful small hotel.We stayed for 3 nights in the Treetops room,which was nice and quiet. You do need to be "able bodied" however to negotiate the rather steep steps up to Treetops.
The staff are very friendly and welcoming.
We very rarely have cooked breakfasts, but happily made an exception here.I would say the bacon and Cumberland sausage are probably the best we have tasted.Dinner was a delight.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brian G
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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

Its restaurant is a gem. Not only is the food exception - modern without being whimsical with a fine appreciation and understanding of local and seasonal ingredients and what works on the palate - the service was exceptional. From our hello and greeting to the goodbye, the place hummed with welcome, with soul and informal professionalism. The staff really enjoy what they are doing Well done to the Cottage in the Wood.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank c0c0abean
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Property: The Cottage in the Wood
Address: Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5TW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick > Braithwaite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Braithwaite
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cottage in the Wood 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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 EnjoyEngland Silver Excellence in Tourism Award 2011, The Taste of Cumbria and Taste of England's North West 2010, and 2 AA rosette for culinary excellence. ... more   less 
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