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Forest How Guest House
Ranked #1 of 10 Eskdale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Wouldn't have changed a thing!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

I stayed at Forest How for one night in February with my girlfriend for a weekend away in the Lakes. Despite the our short stay, It really felt like a home from home. This is largely thanks to our tremendously hospitable hosts John and Deb. They go that bit further to make you feel welcome. The full English Breakfast was fantastic, mostly local produce as far as I'm aware. The location is great, we had beautiful views from our room window. I could go on and on but it's safe to say Forest how is deserves the good reviews it gets.
Thank you so much for a great weekend John and Deb!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Mandi and I decided late last year to celebrate Valentine by visiting Scafell pike and to explore the Windermere Lake area. We chose to make it a long weekend from friday and come back monday. We already chose the saturday and sunday stay at a hotel I knew on windermere lake but we didnt chose the friday night stay till after. Mandi while searching the internet came across a number of guest houses close to Scafell Pike as we agreed to do this walk early saturday morning. We both agreed to stay at the Forest How Guesthouse in Eskdale Green mainly for the location, the price and the great write up on the site. We arrived late afternoon and was greeted firstly by Deb and then her husband John. They were both very hospitable and helpful. We were shown our room and also the dry room as we had wet walking gear. Fab idea. After we settled in we went down to the guest lounge where we were greeted with tea, coffee and home made sponge cakes. This was so warm and welcoming, especially as John also put the open wood fire on to warm us from our cold and wet walk earlier that day. John hosted with so much information of the area and local wildlife, especially about the red squirrels that visits the gardens for feeding. We had a great nights sleep as the rooms were very clean, cosy and warm. Breakfast was great too especially when the red squirrels came out for feeding. We spent most of breakfast watching the squirrels and birds being fed. This was a superd start to our day. For walkers or wildlife lovers, this guesthouse would be the perfect stay.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a fantastic B&B of which the owners are very welcoming. It has all the charm, comfort, welcome and the breakfast that a B&B should have! I had huge expectations of the breakfast from earlier reviews and it certainly made my expectation! If you're not up for a big breakfast they are very amenable to light breakfasts like omelets, just ask the night before. Very welcoming to hikers, they have a drying room for wet overalls and boots. And I got to see a red squirrel, even living in northern Scotland it's rare for me to see one! They're doing a great job in protecting the red species and keeping the gray's at bay. Its in a lovely area of the west lake district of which is quite away from the crowds. A hike up the hills north of Wastwater is well recommended (Pillar for example ) some beautiful views. Overall this is a B&B being what a B&B should be, homely, welcoming and comfortable.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We had a lovely overnight stay here, great breakfasts (mine was veggie and excellent), lovely welcoming couple, fabulous wildlife (red squirrels right outside the breakfast room), comfy room with a nice large ensuite. Even had my boots dried in the drying area, no mean feat as they were sodden....definitely recommended and will be going again. A real treat.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Great guest house with possibly the best English breakfast ever. Run by a really nice and friendly couple. They even posted my trousers to me after I absent-mindedly left them behind in the wardrobe. There are red squirrels in the garden and you can watch them eat from the breakfast room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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87 reviews
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Deb and John are just the people to calm your shredded nerves when you've wrestled with Wrynose and Hardknott passes - and, more or less, won. They've seen it all - from the terrified Asian tourists, who emerged from their car still shaking, to the truck that was stuck up there for three days. John's world, though, is a more peaceful affair - he has his hands full working the Forest How grounds, building a community of red squirrels and living the B&B dream in the shadow of Scafell Pike.

Until I paid a pitifully brief one-night stay at Forest How I had seen only one red squirrel in my life (64 years) but, over breakfast, I saw three renewing a 'friendship' with a wildlife photographer while one of them (was it 'Mrs Stripeytail' or 'Wounded Soldier'?) took nuts from his hand as a variety of birds fed just outside the breakfast conservatory. But don't tempt John into the red / grey squirrel debate … unless you know your stuff!

Oh - and yes, it really is one of the most comfortable B&Bs you can find … with one of the heartiest Cumbrian breakfasts this side of dinnertime! Thanks guys. See you for longer next time, I hope. But I'll come the long way round!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The B&B is set in a secluded part of the lakes, but has several pub/restaurants nearby
John & Deb, the owners, are excellent hosts and are both friendly and helpful.
The rooms are both comfortable and clean and guests are encouraged to "mingle" in the guest lounge
The breakfast is 1st class and provided at a time that suits the inndividual - leaving plenty of time to "bag" a peak before the tourists rush.
I will definitely be looking to stay here on my next visit, which will be soon!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Forest How Guest House
Address: Eskdale, Eskdale CA19 1TR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Eskdale
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Eskdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the foot of Muncaster Fell amidst five and a half acres of natural fellside and gardens, Forest How enjoys spectacular views across the Eskdale valley. Set at the end of a quiet lane that crosses the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, you can leave the car and walk straight from the house or take the steam train up the valley to Boot or down to the coast at Ravenglass. For the outdoor enthusiast, the area is a haven for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. If you head out for the hills and are unfortunate enough to get caught in a shower, we have a spacious drying room so that all your gear will be dry and ready for the next day’s adventures. We also have secure cycle storage. Frequent visitors to the gardens and surrounding fields include roe deer and red squirrels and you may spot a barn owl at dusk, circling the field for food. ... more   less 
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