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Forest How Guest House
Ranked #1 of 10 Eskdale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Stafford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic once again!”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Spur of the moment decision to stay here once again but no regrets about it. Fabulous location on the edge of the fell and the treat of watching abundant wildlife while eating wonderful breakfast should not be missed. Will be back soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

This was my first trip to the Eskdale area. I wanted a comfortable and peaceful base for a walking break, and Forest How did not disappoint. The hosts, John and Deb, made me feel very welcome. The location and local wildlife were stunning. I had breakfast in the conservatory, with a red squirrel eating his fare, a mere 6 feet away on the patio. A selection of tits, jays and yellowhammers were in attendance, and pheasants strutted across the lawn!
My room was large and more than adequate. The breakfast choice was vast, and quality excellent. The hosts were also very knowledgeable about the local amenities. This is a place I shall certainly return to.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Sudbury, suffolk, england
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

I stayed here for two nights. The location is absolutely beautiful, tranquil and relaxing. The breakfast selection was very good with nothing being any trouble for John or Deb. If you appreciate the Lake District then you will not be disappointed with this accommodation.
Breakfast alone is a wonderful experience with pheasants, finches, Jays and best of all red squirrels all eating on the wall outside . That alone is an experience to take home and remember.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Richard994
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Eskdale preserves something of the quieter past of the Lake District and Forest How is an excellent centre from which to enjoy it. Debs and John are friendly, thoughtful and informative hosts; the house is in a wonderful location with views of the fells and abundant wildlife all around while there is a wide variety of things to do in the area. There's a choice of good pubs for eating nearby and the Forest How breakfasts are excellent.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clitheroe
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2013

Returned again to Forest How after a couple of years. Had lovely four days - weather brilliant for beginning of February - ideal for walking and appreciating the beauty of the Eskdale Valley. John and Deb very friendly and welcoming. Pot of tea and home made cake served on our arrival. Enjoyed delicious breakfasts watching all the birds and red squirrels in the garden. Always a real fire blazing in lounge on our return from walks. Extremely dog friendly guest house - our two really enjoyed themselves and John and Deb made lots of fuss of them and spoilt them with treats every day. Lovely bedroom. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Will definitely go back again. First class.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

This was the best place during our 8 days walking trip through the lake district. Not to say that the other guest houses or b and b's were no good, but in Forest How everything was very close to perfection. The friendliest people, wonderfull nature, delicious breakfasts! We would love to come back.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Wytse
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

We arrived at Forest How on a dark and rainy late afternoon Friday gone. Laden with bags I proclaimed to John, 'We've come on holiday, by mistake!' Unfortunately despite him being a Southerner who relatively recently took over this business in deepest Lake District he'd never heard of 'Withnail and I' (to my utter disappointment). We were duly welcomed in and after we had deposited our luggage in the spacious, bath equipped and dual aspect Room 2 we met again in the guest lounge for freshly brewed tea and coffee accompanied by home baked cake. By this point the 5 star review was already in the bag!
After we got settled in we decided to pop to a local for a pint and a bite to eat. We decided on the furthest away of the two closest hostelries (having heard varying reports about the Bower House Inn) and John kindly gave us a lift completely out of the blue. The King George IV was very cosy, the beer was tip-top and the food fine. Apparently if we had have asked the landlord would have given us a lift home but we decided to walk- it is worth mentioning that a good torch is essential for night-time walks back from a pub!
The next morning we took in the views from the room- stunning to both aspects!
Breakfast was an experience all in itself. Food was great with good quality produce and great attention to detail. Having all the wildlife just a few feet away (small birds, pheasants, red squirrels etc.) was quite extraordinary!
We had a day in the hills and returned on the local steam train service, the 'La'al Ratty'- marvellous.
On the second night we went to the closest pub. We didn't eat but the service and drinks were fine although there seemed to be a bit of a mutiny when a large party of guests were almost all complaining about the food!
Second morning (this morning!) I decided to take some photos of the wildlife from the garden before breakfast- amazing! Red squirrels a foot away!
I had also asked the night before for smoked haddock as a special order breakfast (at no extra charge). I had it served with poached eggs and home-made bread. Splendid!
We left John and Deb this morning with great reluctance and I'm sure we will be back.
All in all a very good, reasonably priced guesthouse in a breathtaking setting with excellent yet informal service. We fully recommend it.
PS they have arrangement for dogs as well!

Room Tip: Room 2 has dual aspect and a bath in the en-suite. John said it was one of the best rooms.....
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Forest How Guest House
Address: Eskdale, Eskdale CA19 1TR, England
Region: 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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