Forss House

An unusual Georgian house in wooded grounds, sitting above a meander in the River Forss, Ian and Sabine Richards’s hotel was once home to Major CRE Radclyffe – author, game hunter, falconer. More

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Forss House
Forss
Thurso
Highland
KW14 7XY
Scotland
01847 861201
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

14. 3 in main house on ground floor, 4 in River House, 2 in Sportsmen’s Lodge.

Open

all year except 23 Dec–4 Jan.

Facilities

dining room, breakfast room, lounge, bar, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), meeting room, wedding facilities, 19-acre grounds with river and waterfall.

Background music

in public areas in morning and evening.

Children

all ages welcomed (under-5s free).

Dogs

allowed in Sportsmen’s Lodge only.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single £99–£135, double £135–£185, D,B&B single £137–£170, double £205–£260. À la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

An unusual Georgian house in wooded grounds, sitting above a meander in the River Forss, Ian and Sabine Richards’s hotel was once home to Major CRE Radclyffe – author, game hunter, falconer. The eccentric crenellated entrance hall was built for him as a trophy room. Step inside to be ‘warmly’ greeted by Anne Mackenzie, manageress extraordinaire. ‘What a lovely character!’ writes a reader this year. Staff are ‘naturally friendly and welcoming’. Bedrooms are well equipped (fresh fruit, and fresh milk for tea), if slightly old-fashioned. ‘Ours was large and airy, with a two-seater sofa and plenty of storage.’ At dinner, sample chef Andrew Manson’s ‘unusual combinations’, with produce from the sea and neighbouring estates. ‘We enjoyed Caithness Cheddar soup with nettle dumplings; a starter of roe deer, beetroot and chestnut tart. The chefs went the extra mile to present a very pretty veggie meal the evening I didn’t fancy meat.’ Breakfast in the conservatory includes ‘a good range of hot and cold dishes using quality ingredients’. Whisky lovers, settle in – there’s a choice of 300 bottles in the bar. (GC)

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Forss House
Forss
Thurso
Highland
KW14 7XY

Guest comments

'A hotel with strong fishing links. A large room with huge ensuite, fresh fruit. Well decorated. The delightful Anne Mackenzie ensures everything runs smoothly with a liberal layer of humour. Stunning range of serious whiskies in the whisky bar. Very interesting menu full of simply cocked local produce. Lovely breakfast in the conservatory with perfect finnan haddock and poached egg. ' - David Birnie - August, 2014
'Lovely old Scottish house, with a wide, low-rise staircase. Slightly old fashioned downstairs, but our room was large and extremely comfortable, with a wide bed, sofa, pleasant view and a very modern and large bathroom with roll-top bath by the window, and a walk-in shower. The food was perfectly fine. Very difficult to find an hotel on this north coast. I would be happy to return.The joy of Forss House is the wonderful Anne, the Manageress;an amazing character.> ' - Barbara Watkinson - June, 2014
'Annie Mackenzie, a lovely character, greeted us warmly on arrival. All the staff were welcoming. Our bedroom was large, light and airy. The bathroom, too, large. The evening meal has a weekly-changing menu, but if you stay a few days, they will happily cook something different. The chefs are very competent, and food combinations are fairly unusual. Breakfast, in a sunny conservatory has as good range of hot and cold dishes. ' - G C - August, 1506

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