Forest Side

A log fire still burns in the original Victorian fireplace of this one-time walkers’ hostel, but virtually everything else about the ‘beautifully renovated’, ‘comfortably furnished’ mansion is bright with a ‘fabulous’ new modern-rustic style, and a ‘superb’ team of staff to boot. More

Contact details

Forest Side
Keswick Road
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9RN
England
015394 35250
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, terrace, garden.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£20 per dog per stay).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single from £169, double from £189. Set dinners £60–£85.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A log fire still burns in the original Victorian fireplace of this one-time walkers’ hostel, but virtually everything else about the ‘beautifully renovated’, ‘comfortably furnished’ mansion is bright with a ‘fabulous’ new modern-rustic style, and a ‘superb’ team of staff to boot. Andrew Wildsmith, who owns Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge (see entry), has created a ‘top-of-the-market’ hotel in the ‘perfect Lake District location’, say Guide readers in 2016. Choose among ‘relaxing’ bedrooms, some snug, others large enough to have a separate seating area; one of the best has a balcony overlooking the ‘stunning’ gardens and the fells beyond. Each has a ‘sumptuous’ bed, organic toiletries, home-baked biscuits. In the airy restaurant, chef Kevin Tickle, who has just won a Michelin star, furthers a forage-to-fork philosophy, with ‘absolutely beautiful’ modern menus mixing the finds of local orchards and wild-fruit hedges with produce from the hotel’s extensive walled garden. Hyper-local dishes might include Cumbrian plaice, conifer, mussels, wispy leeks. Vegetarians are ‘exceedingly well catered for’. Next day, soak in – and sample – the surroundings on a guided foraging walk. (Robert Nichol)

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Map

Forest Side
Keswick Road
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9RN

Guest comments

'A classy Lake District retreat in a beautiful setting, light, airy and full of boutiquey charm. Everything is elegantly understated in a kind of rustic chic. Almost very aspect of the place impresses, from the welcome at reception, the attentiveness of the staff to the luxurious finish of the 20 bedrooms. A nice balance is achieved between informality and smartness – it’s dog-friendly, too. But the highlight was the restaurant, with ambitious menus and an imaginative wine list. One gripe: on chilly, damp evenings, it would have been nice if the log fires had been lit. ' - Michael Williams - March, 2017
'We felt really well looked after. We walked each day, and got soaked on one day, boots were whisked off to the 'drying room' by reception and had fully dried out by the next morning. Bedroom was very comfortable. Only drawback - lack of drawer space. The highlight is the food - dinners some of the best we have ever had. Breakfasts also good, particularly the smoked haddock and poached egg. They are happy for guests to visit the walled kitchen garden, which we did, and had a good chat to the head gardener. ' - Donald Reid - February, 2017
'We stayed one night on a winter deal. The room was small but beautifully turned out. Dinner was fantastica Afternoon tea too. The menu is very eco–friendly. ' - Stephanie Thompson and Keith Suton - February, 2017
'The bedrooms were good as were the staff. The kitchen opens on to half the restaurant, which has a lovely oak floor, so it can get noisy. ' - LR - November, 2016

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