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The Forest Side Hotel, the Lake District

Forest Side Hotel

Housed in a romantic Gothic mansion, the fully renovated Forest Side Hotel offers inviting accommodation befitting of royalty. The hotel features muted tones in its decor, as well as sprawling gardens that bring to mind the property’s former Victorian glory, while still providing 21st-century comforts such as free Wi-Fi throughout.

Each room is designed by local interior designer James Mackie, using Zoffany fabrics and wall coverings, and plush furniture and bedding by local firm Westmorland. In the kitchen, head chef Kevin Tickle and his Michelin-starred team prepare meals with locally sourced ingredients and the in-house sommelier will be happy to recommend you accompanying artisanal organic wines.

Our rating: First Class

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Regardless of category, each room at the Forest Side Hotel aims to wrap guests in comfort and luxury. With premium toiletries, designer furnishings and plush bedding, you can feel right at home while surrounded by elegance. Each room also provides a soft bathrobe, a newspaper and free Wi-Fi access.


The Forest Side Hotel is hidden among the trees in a quiet location in the Lake District town of Grasmere. While there’s a feeling of seclusion around the property, many shops and restaurants are only a five-minute taxi ride away.

Food and drink

With a Michelin-starred chef, a head gardener and an in-house sommelier, you’ll be well fed during your stay at the Forest Side Hotel. Head chef Kevin Tickle truly captures the tastes of Cumbria in his dishes, as nearly 90% of the ingredients are sourced from within ten miles of the hotel. You have the option to dine à la carte or select from a variety of tasting menus set by the chef. The restaurant also offers daily afternoon tea, expertly prepared by head pastry chef Cal Byerley.


The Forest Side Hotel has one accessible room with all the same stylish amenities as the other rooms, but designed to accommodate guests with limited mobility. The doors have been widened and there’s a roll-in wet room with non-stick flooring. Other features include an adjustable shower chair, adjustable grab rails, and pull-cord alarms.

Our opinion

Elegance pervades throughout this property, from its tasteful and stylish rooms through to its menu concept, which we love.

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