Forest Side

A Victorian Gothic confection of gables, chimneys and battlements, this gentleman’s residence and one-time walkers’ hostel has been given a dazzling makeover in ‘fabulous’ modern–rustic style. More

Contact details

Forest Side
Keswick Road
LA22 9RN
015394 35250

Hotel information


20. 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lounges, bar, restaurant, function/private dining rooms, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, terrace, garden (1-acre kitchen garden).

Background music

in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms (max. 2 per room, £20 per dog, includes welcome pack).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £209–£349. Set dinner £60–£95.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A universe away from the village’s tourist throng’, this Gothic pile at the end of a winding driveway has been given a ‘fabulous’ modern-rustic makeover. ‘Top of the market’, it is the brainchild of Andrew Wildsmith, who also owns Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge, and The Ryebeck, Bowness-on-Windermere (see full and Shortlist entries). ‘Elegantly understated, it strikes the right balance between smartness and informality. And the views of the surrounding fells are delightful,’ says a Guide reader in 2017. ‘Almost every aspect of the place impresses’, from the ‘friendly, attentive staff’ and the ‘beautiful bedrooms’ to chef Kevin Tickle’s ‘fantastic, accomplished’ Michelin-starred cooking in the light-filled dining room. ‘We were offered, to start, crunchy bread made with a six-year-old damson “mother”, and a seaweed broth of marsh herbs and surf clams. More traditional mains included cod with charred onion shoots, and a good slab of shorthorn rib. Great puddings, too.’ In the afternoon, explore the restored gardens, returning for a ‘completely indulgent tea’. (Michael Williams, RN, Stephanie Thompson and Keith Sutton)

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Forest Side
Keswick Road
LA22 9RN

Guest comments

'A lovely hotel with a top-flight chef. Emma on Reception was especially helpful. Perfect service from the friendly bar staff. Our dinner was a masterpiece, as were the wines, superbly chosen by their gifted sommelier. Waiting staff truly professional. Our rooms were excellent, with comfortable bed and fantastic bathroom. ' - Ralph G Wilson - December, 2017
'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, 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; we had a good chat with 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
'Lovely hotel with wonderful views across Grasmere. Excellent dinner. Very few people staying when we went - so why did they put us in Ash, the room that overlooks the kitchen extract equipment ! We asked to be changed; they kindly upgraded us to the best room in the house, which was superb. ' - Bill Wood - February, 2017

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