Forss House

Thurso, Highland

The River Forss curves around the wooded grounds of this late Georgian country house, run today as a ‘wonderful hotel’ with salmon fishing at the bottom of the garden. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The Forss river curves around the wooded grounds of this late Georgian country house, run today as a ‘wonderful hotel’ with salmon fishing at the bottom of the garden. It is ‘Scottish country house living on a grand scale – faded elegance but with modern fittings’, writes a reader. Public rooms are a sea of tartan carpet. Main-house bedrooms, with a newly refurbished bathroom, are traditional in style, with antique pieces. The two largest bedrooms are named after renowned hunter and falconer Major Radclyffe, who, in 1930, built the crenellated extension to display his trophies. There are also dog-friendly rooms with garden access in the annexes. In a dining room hung with portraits of bewigged men, a locally sourced dinner might bring lamb rump and flank, polenta, mint and jus; orzo with spring onions and white truffle oil; Scrabster-landed fish. At breakfast there is porridge, smoked haddock, the full Forss with ‘very nice local bacon and sausages, tasty mushrooms’, free-range eggs. The coast is but a short drive: if you want to go far north from here, it will have to be by ferry from Scrabster to Orkney and Shetland.

Hotel details

Address

Forss
Thurso
Highland
KW14 7XY
Scotland

Telephone

01847 861201

Bedrooms

14. 3 on ground floor, 6 in neighbouring annexes, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

in public areas breakfast and evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in sportsmen’s lodge bedrooms (£15 a night) and in bar.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £215. Fixed-price 3-course dinner £49.50, 6-course tasting menu £70.

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Comments about Forss House

We arrived in the late afternoon expecting a wonderful country house hotel, and we were not disappointed. We had a lovely walk overlooking the river right down to the sea. It was snowy and rather magical. The highlight was the superb food. - IM - March 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide