Forss House

Thurso, Highland

The River Forss loops around this late Georgian Highland retreat in wooded grounds, today a dog-friendly hotel that is ideal for anglers, with shooting, stalking and hiking also on offer. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The River Forss loops around this late Georgian Highland retreat in wooded grounds, today a dog-friendly hotel that is ideal for anglers, with shooting, stalking and hiking also on offer. You enter through a castellated extension built in 1930 by one Major Radclyffe, hunter and falconer, to house his trophies. The warmth that lies within owes much to Anne Mackenzie, the ‘charming, diminutive lady of the house’, and life and soul since 1989. She is still here to advise why you must have a ‘teardrop’ of water with your whisky, but Nicholas Gorton is the manager. Main house bedrooms range from cosy to colossal. There are others in the River House and Fishing Lodge annexes. A reader was shown to a ‘huge bedroom overlooking the slightly wild gardens’, with ‘red and green floral decor’ and ‘very comfortable red sofa’. The bathroom had ‘a vast bath, more like a swimming pool, with a shower over’. At dinner, 
a short menu includes such dishes as Caithness beef fillet and ox cheek, Scrabster cod with smoked mussels, and a vegan option. ‘The food was superb,’ other readers pronounce. (Chris Elliott, and others)

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 (under-5s free).

Dogs

allowed in Sportsmen’s Lodges and bar.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £165–£215. Fixed-price 3-course dinner £47.50, 6-course tasting menu £65.

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'Escape to the Scottish Wilderness' Special Offer

Escape to the Scottish Wilderness. Take a restful detour from the world-famous NC500 route, or simply just escape for a night or two, to enjoy a traditional Scottish supper and warm hospitality. This lovely escape includes over £50.00 of exclusive extras: £20.00 drinks and dining credit. Dine in the 2AA restaurant, order whiskies from the bar or enjoy an in-room picnic – spend this credit however you wish! Cream Tea for 2. Homemade scones, jams & lashings of naughty clotted cream served in the gardens, conservatory, sitting room or in the comfort of your own bedroom. Full Forss Breakfast. The famous selection of hot and continental options served in your bedroom or in the restaurant. Late check-out. Enjoy a lie-in, there’s no need to check-out until 12pm. Stay from £134.00 per night. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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