Forse House is a beautiful Grade B listed Country House situated at the head of a stunning three quarters of a mile wooded driveway. Originally built by Captain John Sutherland in 1753 to replace the family’s crumbling cliff top castle, it remained as a family home up to 1905. After which the house has seen a variety of uses, including a poor house, an infirmary, a care home, and a hotel.
The impressive main house has had a number of extensions added over the years but it retains many of the original features; recognised and listed at a B rating are a staircase and three ceilings, two fireplaces and the front door pillars.
It is set within 24 acres of landscaped grounds, which include lawns, walled garden, woodland and the picturesque stream which cascades its way alongside the drive down to the Gatehouse on the main road.
As well as the house itself, the area around Forse is steeped in history going as far back as prehistoric settlers over 3,000 years ago. Substantial evidence of this time still remains in the large numbers of Brochs, Cairns and standing stones that are scattered across the surrounding Landscape.
Forse House is located close to the north coast of Scotland within the county of Caithness on the A99 for Wick, just 1 mile north of the Latheron Junction.
Forse of Nature
We are a family-run business, who have an underlying ethos of working with nature and the environment to offer a variety of tourism related facilities. Our vision is to create a bespoke flexible destination that will enhance and utilise the setting and character of the Historic Forse house.
The principals behind our approach are “keeping it simple, sustainable and affordable”.
The Guest House and Cafe features upcycled and re-styled furniture, incorporating a Georgian style with eco-friendly and sustainable pieces.
Food for the Guest House and café will be locally, sustainable, or free trade sourced with the longer-term aim of much of the produce being home produced in the one acre walled garden and the rest of the grounds. This will include seasonal vegetables, salad, and fruit.
Our aim is to protect, enhance and promote the nature, environment and history associated with Forse and its surrounding area, and so, as the business grows we will invest into renewable technology in order to reduce our carbon footprint.