Forest How is a large Victorian House, dating back to the 1870 s, set in peaceful seclusion amidst five and a half acres of natural fellside and gardens at the foot of Muncaster Fell. All rooms enjoy spectacular views across fields to the village of Eskdale Green and to the fells beyond. Our emphasis is on providing you with comfortable and relaxing accommodation for your stay in this beautiful part of the Lake District with a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, prepared using locally sourced produce.
For outdoor enthusiasts the area is idyllic. With footpaths and bridleways leading directly from the house, Forest How is the perfect base for exploring the Eskdale Valley either on foot or by cycling. Nearby are some of the highest peaks in the Lake District with Wasdale only a few miles away and the steep Hardnott pass leading to Langdale. We have a drying room for wet clothes/boots and can provide secure cycle storage and packed lunches. Dogs are welcome by arrangement (please advise at time of booking) for a small charge of £5 per dog per night. For golfers, there are two courses nearby - Eskdale and Seascale.
The area is a photographers dream and guests are more than welcome to wander around the garden and field in search of that perfect picture - birds, red squirrels, deer, fell views, we have them all! For a more leisurely day out, why not take the miniature steam train to the coast at Ravenglass or further up the valley to the little village of Boot. We are conveniently situated at the end of the lane that crosses the famous railway at Irton Road Station. Muncaster Castle with its beautiful gardens and World Owl Centre is only a fifteen minute drive away.
There is a choice of local pubs in the valley offering real ales, bar snacks and restaurants. Two are within walking distance of the house with the others a short distance by car.
Directions From the South Leave the M6 at J36 follow signs for Lakes/ Windermere. Take exit off the A591 onto A590 following signs for Barrow. Three miles beyond Newby Bridge, turn right onto the A5092. At Greenodd, turn right onto the A595. Follow this road past Broughton in Furness then turn right at the traffic lights just before the bridge crossing the river Duddon. Follow this road to Ulpha, cross the river then take the next left, sign posted for Eskdale. Follow this road across Birker Moor, to the King George IV pub. Continue on this road through the village until you reach a left turn to Irton Road Station. Follow the lane over the railway bridge until you reach Forest How.
In icy conditions follow the directions above above but stay on the A595 at the traffic lights. At Holmrook, just before the petrol station, take a right turn towards Eskdale Green and then turn right just before Irton Hall. At a T junction turn right past the Bower House Inn and then take the first right turn to Irton Road Station. Follow the lane over the railway bridge until you reach Forest How.
From the North Leave the M6 at Carlisle follow signs for Cockermouth on the A595 then for Whitehaven, stay on the A595 until Gosforth then turn left through the village and second right for Eskdale, stay on this road until you pass the Bower House Inn and then take the first right turn to Irton Road Station. Follow the lane over the railway bridge until you reach Forest How.
You can check in from 16:00. You need to check out by 10:00.