A17th century former coaching inn situated in England's only mountain forest offering great food and a warm welcome.


The Cottage in the Wood Country Hotel and Restaurant is a former 17th century coaching inn situated in the heart of the Whinlatter forest near Keswick, in one of the most beautiful and dramatic areas of the Lake District national park. This area of the Lake District National Park inspired the famous author and fell walker, A.W. Wainwright, to write ‘that the North Western fells are the most delectable of them all’. The Hotel provides a tranquil location, yet is only ten minutes' drive from the bustling market town of Keswick. We are ideally situated between the lakes of Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Buttermere and Crummock Water.

The Cottage in the Wood is full of warmth, charm and character. There is a cosy lounge and a small bar and all the rooms reflect a cottage style ambience within the decor and furniture.

Regrettably the hotel is unable to accommodate children under 10 years of age.

History to the present day

A former 17th Century coaching inn, it was utilised as a small isolation hospital for sailors from the West Coast ports during the 19th and early 20th century.

The property became a guest house after the Second World War and was finally purchased by Liam and Kath in 2002.

Food and Drinks

The Cottage in the Wood's philosophy towards food is to use the best possible produce and to combine seasonal ingredients to create simple and appealing meals. The starting point is with suppliers who are knowledgeable and have long established links with farmers and growers so they can come up with something special for use in the kitchen. The elegant, light-and-airy award winning restaurant offers a daily-changing menu utilising the best seasonal ingredients from local farmers. The modern British cooking is underpinned with European influences.

Other facilities

Ample free on-site car parking. Guests have access to a cosy sitting room where they can relax with walking magazines, books and games. The sitting room also provides an area of unlimited complimentary WIFI internet access.

There is limited disabled access within the restaurant and one of the ground floor rooms. Children are welcome in the restaurant for lunch and afternoon tea.


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Woodland walks

Food and Drinks


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)


17th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Historic Property

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 11

Cottage in the Wood B&B, Braithwaite - Reviews


Based on 2 reviews
Service 5.0
Rooms 4.0
Food 5.0
Value 4.5
Overall Experience 5.0

The whole experience was fantastic, from booking to stay. A wonderful place, ideally situated, with wonderful people.
Mrs Penny K

Very comfortable and welcoming. Would not hesitate to stay again.
Mr Christopher B

Arrival Info

Address: Kath & Liam Berney, The Cottage in the Wood, Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, Lake DistrictCA12 5TW, United Kingdom

Check In: From 3.00pm Check Out: By 11.00am

Directions: From the M6 motorway: Turn off at Junction 40 Penrith and head West along the A66 to Keswick. Go past all the turnings for Keswick, *after 1.5 miles you begin sweeping round a gradual right bend and will see signs for Braithwaite. Turn into Braithwaite and continue through the village, past the Royal Oak, towards Whinlatter and Lorton (B5292). You will drive through the forest towards the summit of Whinlatter and after 2 miles (and a mile before the summit) The Cottage in the Wood is situated on the right, before the Whinlatter Forest Park.

From the South Lakes: Go through Keswick and head for the A66 and Cockermouth. When on the A66 follow the instructions above (*)

The nearest railway station is located in Penrith (20 miles).