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  • AA 4 Silver Star Country House Hotel
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Country House Hotel with 33 rooms £42-£46 pppnb

The Forest Side

The Forest Side

The Forest Side


The Forest Side is a former gentleman’s residence built in 1853, set in 43 acres of grounds in the heart of the Lake District, with unsurpassed views from every aspect over Wordsworth’s Vale of Grasmere.

Refurbished over 18 months, The Forest Side has been lovingly transformed into a destination hotel centred around its restaurant and the food created by Head Chef Kevin Tickle, whose food is firmly rooted in the Cumbrian landscape.
The light and airy restaurant is itself specifically designed to further connect the diner with their surroundings. The space overlooks a terrace framed with Lakeland slate towards verdant lawns and a magnificent specimen Lebanese Cedar. Through a dappled woodland canopy guests can enjoy tantalising glimpses of the Lakeland Fells, including Loughrigg, Silver Howe and Dow Bank.

There are 20 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, combining contemporary style with original features, stunning views, separate sitting areas, luxurious bathrooms with double ended baths and brilliant showers.

With interiors conceived by renowned designer James Mackie, luxurious wall coverings and fabrics by Zoffany, ultra-comfy Westmorland beds made specially for us by Harrison Spinks to snuggle into, hand crafted deep pile Herdwick carpet by Wools of Cumbria and natural bath and body products handmade by Bramley.

With 43 acres of grounds there is plenty of space to explore, indeed guests are at liberty to wander the gardens, including the walled kitchen garden. These have been specially created and are filled with plants that are perfumed, ornamental or edible, with a vast and impressive array of wild, exotic and cultivated plants, fruits and vegetables.
Nestling in Wordsworth’s idyll, the Vale of Grasmere, The Forest Side provides the perfect location to discover the beauty of the Lake District and the delights of Head Chef Kevin Tickle’s food.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelephoneTelephone
  • RadioRadio
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Christmas special programmeChristmas special programme
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires

Children welcome from any age.


Forest Side,
LA22 9RN


Forest Side,
LA22 9RN


Plan route to The Forest Side Hotel using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 342080  Lat: 54.46308 Long: -3.01660

From the north, M6 jct 40, take A66 towards Keswick. At Threlkeld take B5322, marked Windermere/St John in the Vale, this leads onto A591 where we are situated.
From south, M6 jct 36, follow A591 towards Windermere, Ambleside and Rydal. As approach Grasmere go straight across roundabout, we are 0.75 mile on right.

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