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“Superb food & service”
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Forss House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Thurso
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“Superb food & service”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

I haven't stayed here but dined here one evening while away on business. I was made to feel welcome from the minute I walked in. The tables had good quality linen on them and the atmosphere in the dining room was lovely. The menu was varied and the staff were knowledgable about the dishes. The bread rolls were home made and nice appetisers were served before the starter. The portions were more than adequate (I could only manage 2 courses and coffee which w served with home made chocolates). The staff were very attentive without being OTT, and we're very nice to chat to. This restaurant offers very good value for money and the quality and presentation of the food was excellent. If I am ever in the area again I will definitely eat at this restaurant again and would recommend into anybody. Overall a fabulous dining experience.

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
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Gourock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is our second visit to the Hotel for the opening Ceremony of the Forss River as I own a Rod there during the Salmon Fishing Season..
Having two dogs ith us we were as usual staying in the adjoining Lodge House.
We managed three nights stay on this occasion, and as we had hoped, the Saturday night coincided with the Annual valentines Night Dinner.
As ever the accommodation was excellent, the food was fantastic and our Host Ann, delightful.
I really can say no more about this Hotel, other than if you get the chance to stay there do so. It is nothing other than wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Delighted with your picture on the review page. We hope you will have many more salmon like that this year and in the future. Many thanks for your kind review.
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East Yorkshire
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

After three nights in the Torran suite (it was supposed to be a bedroom but the acreage was huge) you may very well feel just like one. The room was simply superb, the bed enormous and the food sumptuous. You may feel its expensive to stay here, you may think that £35 a head for dinner expensive, it isn't, it just isn't. Not for the quality of the offering it isn't. If you are thinking of coming to Thurso then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
We all appereciate your kind review and are happy you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We did not expect much at the price; but were surprised and delighted to be ushered into what we would have termed our En Suite Lodge, full of little luxuries - including an entrance lodge with provisions for our dogs so that they need not muddy our own rooms! Puzzled by the price, which was so low. Luxurious dining room and bar, with a personal and cosy welcome from the lady who ran it; full of interesting local information, and tuition regarding the many local whiskies (though not so many distilleries per mile as in the Spey Valley, south of Inverness).
Definitely a "go back again" choice. Our own parking space - like being at home, only much less work! Friendly and curious local children.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your kind review.
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed at Forss House on 8th February for one night. To make the most of it we made sure we were there early afternoon. The room, Cairnmore, was beautiful with lovely views over the river and gardens. A massive and comfortable bed, a sofa, CD's, books and a luxurious bathroom with a double ended, roll top, freestanding bath. To top it all, a little fridge with fresh milk for our tea. Anne was excellent and really made the experience special. The food and wine was delicious. As someone else mentioned, it really did feel like a home from home (with a much nicer bathroom and no housework to do!). The walks around the hotel are lovely and peaceful. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
We all appreciate you taking the time to write a review and thank-you both for your kind comments.
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West Yorks.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

After a very, very long drive the Forss Hotel is the perfect tonic. Warm, welcoming and fantastic staff. Unfortunately we only could stay for one night, but if you are looking for somewhere for peace and relaxation, go no further. The rooms and food are excellent, and you really are welcomed into this place. Watch out for Ann, the font of all knowledge, if you need to know anything, just ask. As mentioned, we could only stay one night, but if we find ourselves in that part of the world again, we will be staying at Forss House.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review which all the staff are proud of.
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Lake District
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2012

A return trip to Thurso on business, and was fortunate enough to secure a 2 night booking in the legendary Forss House. What can I say? It exceeded my expectations.....gorgeous room [Cairnmore] effectively a suite, overlooking the gardens, walk-in shower and free-standing double ended bath, massive bed, cashmere blanket on the bed, monogrammed towels etc, etc. The 'little touches' were extremely particular [surely they can barely make any profit...!], with local biscuits, bespoke china, highest quality linens etc.
Anne is truly an amazing lady - to find someone who cares so deeply about 'their' hotel and the guests is a rareity - if only hoteliers, large and small, could send their staff to Anne for an apprenticeship, the British hotel industry would be so much improved.
Can't really say enough really - the food was great, wine list came with personal recommendations from regular diners in the bar; all the staff were so very professional, friendly and caring.
I will definitely be returning to the Forss House next year, and I pray not one single inch of it or it's staff will have changed before I do.
Go and experience it for yourself.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Forss, Manager at Forss House Hotel, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review which we appreciate very much.
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Property: Forss House Hotel
Address: Forss, Thurso KW14 7XY, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Thurso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Thurso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Forss House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forss House is a delightful 1810 country home nestling in 20 acres of woodland, below a waterfall, on the gently meandering River Forss. A 14 bedroom family owned hotel Forss House is an elegant comfortable haven that puts you instantly at ease with a welcoming staff keen to look after you. ... more   less 
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