The Cottage in the Wood Hotel

, Keswick, United Kingdom
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The Cottage in the Wood Hotel

, Keswick
2 star

Rooms: 9

Whinlatter Pass - Keswick - England - CA12 5TW - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01768778409
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The perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 25/04/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Very reasonably priced. Rooms are spotlessly clean and presented beautifully. As a lovely touch you are shown to and around your room and offered coffee and cake downstairs when you have settled in. The couple who run the hotel have hospitality down to a fine art and make you feel very comfortable in a homely atmosphere. The food is STUNNING and the service in the restaurant is excellent and personal (regardless of how full it is). The breakfast was far better than any run of the mill B&B. The location is beautiful; although there is no lake view there are stunning forest views and, whilst not completely isolated, there are no other hotels or dwellings in the immediate vicinity.
A great place to leave your car and set off into the hills too. Idyllic.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Cottage in the Wood Hotel

A (semi) hidden gem

from Mansilla
An absolute gem. Service was absolutely spot on - welcoming, friendly, full of good advice if you wanted it, but not in the slightest bit overbearing. Kath has the amazing knack - that I have not come across for ages - of welcoming you like an old friend. A true family business, and it shows.

Our room was one of the smaller, and I think more basic, ones, but was very well presented. Little 'extras' left around. This is a small hotel, and the effort is made to make it a communal experience. Plenty of games and puzzles to tax your mind after dinner. Having said that, if you are not interested, thats up to you.

This brings me onto the food, which is superb. The price of dinner may put some people off - particularly compared to the room rates, which are more than reasonable, but dont be deterred! You will not regret it. Breakfast was great, and dinner was better.

The only possible drawback is the location. To me, this was an advantage, but its out on its own. You cant walk to the village pub, but you can walk into the hills, and some fabulous scenery.

What a wonderful, small hotel located in the woods.

from sallyannbeagle
We spent three nights at the Cottage in the Wood this October. It is indeed amongst the woods and walking distance from a national park with hiking trails. We were most fortunate as the weather was perfect for spending time out of doors. We stayed in two different rooms---the Larch for one night and the "penthouse" for two. My husband and I think three reasons to stay at Cottage in the Wood are: Kath and her staff are very helpful and welcoming. The lounge is a great place to meet fellow guests before dining. As we are Americans, it was fun to talk to other travelers from England. And finally, Liam's cooking. We planned on eating dinner at the hotel the night of our arrival. After the superb three course dinner, we made reservations for the other two nights we were staying. If you are in the area and not staying at Cottage in the Wood, make dinner plans to dine there! We found the Cottage in the Wood to be a very nice hotel with GREAT food.

A Little Gem.

from onebadmouse
We booked our weekend break at The Cottage in the Wood after reading the reviews here and now I couldn't agree more.
From the warmest of welcomes on our arrival, to a fond farewell two days later, our stay was fabulous and we felt as though we were at home from home. Kath is lovely and you feel like nothing would be too much trouble. Indeed, she even managed to arrange some flowers for our anniversary when my husband asked her at VERY short notice!
The food is simply heavenly, a definite highlight. Our room was modern, very comfortable and spotlessly clean, with everything we needed and a couple of extra touches (like a proper coffee percolator) too.
We loved it and we will definitely be back.

A Perfect Retreat

from SpackyF
We booked 2 nights at The Cottage In The Wood having read some excellent reviews on this site. We weren't disappointed and would recommend to others. More of a guest house than a hotel, The Cottage In The Wood is tucked away high up in a mountain forest and feels as though it is in the middle of nowhere (with little mobile phone coverage - a good thing!) but is just a 5 minute drive into Keswick with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants.
The hospitality and service were faultless. We felt that nothing would have been too much trouble for Kath who wanted us to feel as though we were at home.
The food was lovely and both breakfast and dinner were delicious - be prepared to spend hours out walking to burn it all off!
One of the best things about not staying in a large hotel was the chance to get talking to other guests and compare notes about the walks we had taken that day.

Cottage in the Wood Exceeded All Expectations

from A.Jensen
If you want pampered independence and sophisticated cuisine in a beautiful setting come here! Hotel sits in a secluded vale—streamside—water sounds audible from rooms. Surrounded by trees and views of distant mountains.

Our Room: Very up-to-date bathroom, restful, tasteful décor, down comforter on queen size bed, soft pillows and sheets. Tea and coffee makings in the room. Amenities included cotton pads, cotton swabs for ears, and several kinds of soaps and body washes. Fluffy white towels, changed daily.

Breakfast (included in room price): Choice of full cooked English, or kipper/eggs/toast, or a third choice–different every day—plus cold buffet of cereals, museli, fruit, yogurt, juices. Liam is the chef; this is the Chez Panisse of the Lake District! Uses fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.

Dinners: Dined “in” the night we arrived, and it was so great tasting that we immediately reserved a spot for the next two nights. “Liam is a genius!” my husband said. Truly, a very refined cuisine for a small country house hotel.

Fantastic holiday

from Leah_sedai
What a lovely place- fantastic food and brilliant service. The food was a set menu but Kath would ensure that any dietary requirements were met. The rooms were cosy and the ensuites were obviously recently refurbished - modern and clean, just how I like it!

Kath and her staff were always helpful and friendly. The dinner and breakfast was always spot on! I loved the onion bread and sticky toffee pudding!

I have only praise for this place and definitely recommend it - although you will need a car!

A little gem

from Whytes
We have just returned from our first stay at the cottage in the wood and we will definately be back. Everything was first class from the moment we arrived; the hospitality shown to us by Kath and the staff, the accommodation and the food could not have been any better and all this was great value for money. The location is also fantastic for walkers (even inexperienced ones like us) and we are already planning our return trip. We've found a little gem in the wood and would highly recommend it.

Perfect Retreat

from Den73
Booked a two night stay after reading the excellent reviews and I'm pleased to say that it lived up to it's reputation. Kath was extremely friendly and helpful, providing excellent advice about the area. We stayed in one of the deluxe rooms which was lovely, with everything we needed and a fabulous view.

The food was a real highlight, both breakfast and dinner were superb. It's a great place to avoid the crowds, ditch the car and enjoy a stunning walk from the doorstep before returning for a slap up meal. Kath even offers a packed lunch on request, which came in very handy after tackling the Grisedale Pike ascent!

Fabulous !

from lisalush70
We booked this hotel after the brilliant comments on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed. We stayed in the Spruce Delux Room, which was delightful, very cosy and comfortable. The bathroom is beautiful, lovely claw foot bath, and separate shower, everything looked brand new. The room is in the eaves of the cottage, and my husband did bang his head a couple of times, but it was worth it. The room was well decorated, and had a large LCD TV with free-view channels. The room is lovely and quiet and we had a great nights sleep. (no views though as in the eaves).

Food was excellent, I am a vegetarian, and had a lovely meal, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his Lamb.

We visited the Whinlatter Forest Park, and enjoyed a couple of walks.

Overall this place is a must for a anyone who wants some "pamper time", to enjoy the beautiful scenery and delights of the cosy cottage.

Thanks, to the owners Kath & Liam for making our 1 night break so memorable.

a real gem

from teazel59
The sad part was we could only stay for one night so could not experience the country side, except the stunning views form our window. but the hotel was delightlful and the delux room everything you would expect.. a delicious dinner and breakfast and very welcoming and attentive service.

Top Local Tips for Keswick

Driving Times Always allow extra time. Narrow roads and traffic during the summer. Do not be in a rush!

Whinlatter Forest Whinlatter Forest is a great place to view the area and to have a great day out. The trails are very well marked and the walks can be easy to moderate.

a good size town - I has most of what you need. Dont' be fooled by the word "summer'. You will need some waterproofs and winterish things - esp if you are to go walking up the hills. We found the north is not as commercial and busy as the south - I think more water and possilby more fun fand socialising for families and younger set down south unless serious walkers. More peaceful and rugged country side north Cumbria.

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