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An exceptionally well presented Country House Hotel situated in 16 acres of ground on the attractive northern coast of Scotland.
The availability of Forss House Hotel represents a superb opportunity for a motivated purchaser to escape the rat race and acquire their own piece of tranquility as well as acquire a well performing hotel business in this unspoiled area of Scotland.
Forss House comes complete with 14 ensuite letting bedrooms, bar, restaurant, 16 acres of ground as well as 2 cottages. The business operates all year round and trades very successfully from accommodation, food & beverage and function trade with the restaurant currently boasting two AA rosettes.
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Forss House Hotel is situated at Bridge of Forss, approximately 3 and a half miles west of the town of Thurso and close to the A836. The hotel enjoys a private setting in approximately 16 acres of ground on an elevated site above a meander of the River Forss with views to the north-west. The hotel is approached by a private tarmacadam driveway and set in an area of mature woodland.
Thurso, which is Scotland’s most northerly town, is located approximately 3.5 miles to the east of the property on the north coast of Caithness. There are hospitals, secondary schools and swimming pools in both Thurso and Wick.
The area is renowned for its rich history, wide open spaces, big skies and spectacular terrain of mountains, lochs, coastline and beaches. The fauna and flora is abundant and diverse from whales, porpoises and seals to birds of prey, deer and rare plant life. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy mountain biking, walking, kayaking, surfing, golfing and traditional country sports including a choice of some great salmon fishing, the best of Europe’s trout fishing and sea angling which has attracted World Championships. John o’Groats, one of Scotland’s best known attractions is located approximately 25 miles to the east.
Nearby Scrabster is a gateway to the ever popular Orkney Islands and there are regular ferry services. There are also regular bus and rail services available from Thurso and there are flights from Wick to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Forss House is a substantial building constructed of harled stone with mostly pitch slate covered roof. The accommodation is arranged on 3 floors with an attic in the main part of the house. A castellated addition was constructed on the north side of the house by Major Radclyffe in the 1930’s to accommodate his trophies; this now forms the main entrance. During the late 19th/early 20th century a two storey extension was added on the north-west side in the style of the original property. In the post war period a timber and stone conservatory has been built on the south-east side which is in keeping with the rest of the property.
A private driveway leads from the main A836 road to the front entrance of the hotel. To the east of the south of the house are lawns and formal gardens together with two single storey properties which accommodate some of the letting rooms. The remainder of the grounds are woodland policies.
Main entrance door leading to a lounge / trophy room.
Bar – With timber bar server, approximately 20 covers, open fireplace.
Private dining room / meeting room - for approximately 14 covers with open fireplace and wood panelling.
Main Dining Room – 26 covers with open fireplace and a door through to a conservatory breakfast room with 26 covers.
There are 8 en-suite letting rooms within the hotel building (located over lower ground, ground and first floor levels) with a further 6 rooms/ suites located within the 2 cottages in the grounds. All of the rooms are en-suite, fitted out to an excellent standard and all are of good proportions.
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