Forss House

Near the mainland’s northern tip, Ian and Sabine Richards’s Georgian mansion is surrounded by woodland and waterfall on the Forss river, a fishing hotspot. More

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KW14 7XY
01847 861201

Hotel information


14. 3 in main house on ground floor, 6 in 2 neighbouring annexes, 1 in River House suitable for disabled.


all year except 23 Dec–4 Jan.


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 breakfast and evening.


all ages welcomed (under-5s free).


allowed in Sportsmen’s Lodge only.

Credit cards

all major cards.


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

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Near the mainland’s northern tip, Ian and Sabine Richards’s Georgian mansion is surrounded by woodland and waterfall on the Forss river, a fishing hotspot. Readers in 2018 ‘arrived expecting a wonderful country house hotel, and were not disappointed’. Warm hospitality and angling anecdotes are provided by ‘delightful’ manager Anne Mackenzie. Guests also come for the shooting, deer stalking and many single malts. The main house’s grandest bedrooms have a high ceiling, generous en suite bathroom, river views. A Guide regular appreciated a ‘huge, really comfortable bed and red sofa, and floral-patterned decor. The bathroom had a vast bath, more like a swimming pool, plenty of hot water, excellent towels.’ A ‘highlight’ was Andrew Manson’s ‘superb’ locally sourced, seasonal food. ‘A starter of crab, apple gratings, capers, salmon and Melba toast, and a main of lamb two ways, pea purée, peas and asparagus, were delicious.’ ‘We rated it the best food of all the very good hotels we visited along the NC500 route.’ ‘I could have done without the dining room’s tacky piped music, but I highly recommend this delightful hotel.’ (Chris Elliott, and others)’

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Guest comments

'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
'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, was 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. ' - GC - August, 2015
'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

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide