The one Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms The Cottage in the Wood is a sight to behold, offering some of the best quality dishes in the Lakes as well as stunning rooms.
Situated 1,000 foot up in the Whinlatter Forest above Keswick and the northern Lake District, The Cottage in the Wood is a stunner and truly unique.
Of course, the food is a big highlight of the venue and is a proud server of local produce prepared to the highest of standards.
Number 24 on the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, The Cottage in the Wood’s dining is run by head chef Ben Wilkinson and restaurant director Monika Zurawska, while the venue raises the bar for Cumbrian dining.
The venue’s dishes are a true ode to Cumbria and the local and surrounding landscape, with Ben sourcing produce from the valleys and forests on the doorstep of the Cottage in the Wood.
We’ll talk about the rooms in a moment, but of the restaurant and its food, the Michelin Guide said: “Top quality ingredients and classic techniques take the lead, and there is a certain sophistication to the well-balanced flavour pairings – and while skilfully making the dishes look eye-catching, he [Ben] manages to avoid over-elaboration.”
The rooms are designed in a boutique hotel style, offering guests comfortable, relaxed, and interesting spaces to stay in, whether as restaurant guests or avid explorers of the Lakes.
Each of the nine bedrooms have been decorated individually, featuring luxury facilities and amenities to ensure a splendid stay.
The five Cottage rooms are situated in the original part of the building, which dates to 1640, all featuring en-suites with walk-in showers.
The Loft room is a private, den-like, dwelling with ambience aplenty driven by its low doorways, beams and eves. It is accessed by a narrow flight of stairs, making it feel secluded and cosy.
The Mountain View rooms, of which there are two – Oak and Ash – are larger and have views across the valley and Skiddaw Mountain range.
Finally, the Garden room is quiet and secluded with its own access and a flight of steps down to the stunning garden.