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Great Fosters

Type:Hotel

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Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

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Great Fosters: front of hotel

About

Probably built as a Royal Hunting lodge and gracing an estate of more than fifty acres in what was once the heart of Royal Windsor Forest in Surrey, Great Fosters is the most distinguished of hotels and in September 2018 was awarded 'AA Hotel of the Year' at the annual AA Hospitality Awards.

A Grade One listed building blessed with the grandeur of 16th-century England and luxurious modern facilities.

Immaculately preserved, this stately historic monument also boasts a highly sought-after location, being near Heathrow airport, the M25 and M4, and also near Windsor, Wentworth and many of London’s leading attractions.

Great Fosters’ many reception rooms are richly adorned with oak beams and panelling, Jacobean chimneypieces, fine furnishings and exceptional works of art. Reflecting centuries of history, art and architecture, the rooms are nevertheless immaculately maintained and offer every modern comfort in the most charming of settings.

All the bedrooms and suites at Great Fosters are individually decorated, some with four-poster beds, Persian rugs, gilt furnishings and damask walls, many with tapestries, antiques and artefacts dating back hundreds of years.

Guests are accommodated in three separate buildings. The Main House, which dates from 1550, offers a choice of historic suites and bedrooms. The Coach House and The Cloisters, which are reached across a courtyard, offer more contemporary junior suites and double rooms.

Dining at Great Fosters

Great Fosters is justifiably proud of its food and specialises in modern English and European cuisine using the finest ingredients. 

There are two restaurants: The Tudor Room was awarded a Michelin Star in October 2016 and four AA rosettes in 2018 and offers a truly fine dining experience in an intimate setting of only 20 diners. 

The Estate Grill is a contemporary restaurant offering a simpler style of food with many dishes made using produce from the hotel’s gardens and cooked on a Josper grill. 

Guests may relax with pre-dinner drinks in the Cocktail Bar overlooking the Japanese bridge, beside the open fireplace in the Main Hall, or on the Terrace in fine weather. 

Great Fosters has an unrivalled reputation for afternoon tea, which is served in the Anne Boleyn and Cocktail Bar and in warm weather on the lawn by the saxon moat.
Guests have full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including a heated outdoor swimming pool (open from May to September), a hard tennis court and a croquet lawn.

The extensive gardens alone inspire visitors from all corners of the world and have been listed as ‘of outstanding merit’. The gardens at the hotel are exceptional and include formal parterres, framed on three sides by a saxon moat. They were originally designed by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins and are among the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe.

Designed to reflect the intricate beauty of a Persian rug, the knot garden is embellished with fragrant beds of flowers and herbs bordered by manicured hedges and topiary. At the heart of it all is the Drake sundial, which belongs to the immediate family of Sir Francis Drake and is believed to date back to 1585. 

Wander further in this magnificent fifty-acre estate and you will discover a vast lake, a grand lawn leading to an avenue of lime trees and grassed amphitheatre and an enchanting Wisteria-draped Japanese bridge linking to a sunken rose garden and tranquil lily pond.

The hotel also has an apiary, which provides honey for the restaurants and a large glasshouse and kitchen garden, which provide vegetables and salad ingredients for the restaurants. 

In addition, the hotel rears pigs on the estate, which provide the pork for The Estate Grill’s Butcher’s Block dish. 

Needless to say, Great Fosters has become a celebrated pilgrimage for horticultural enthusiasts from across the world.

This hotel is part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Scheme.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival.

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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
31
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Classic Main House Roomfrom £135.00 to £180.00 per room per night (room only)
Coach House Double Roomfrom £135.00 to £180.00 per room per night (room only)
Deluxe Roomfrom £155.00 to £235.00 per room per night (room only)
Executive Roomfrom £165.00 to £315.00 per room per night (room only)
Historic Roomfrom £300.00 to £500.00 per room per night (room only)

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Events

Friday, 28th June 2019 - Friday, 28th June 2019

Wednesday, 10th July 2019 - Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Thursday, 25th July 2019

Examining the bees and frames: Meet the Bees Lunches at Great FostersMeet the Bees Lunches at Great FostersJoin us for a tour of the gardens with our Estate Manager, Russell Dixon, followed by a guided visit to the Great Fosters bee hives with our resident Bee Keeper.
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Friday, 12th July 2019 - Friday, 12th July 2019

The Gardens at Great FostersCocktails Al Fresco at Great FostersCollect a map of the estate and spend a relaxing evening strolling around our grounds with a cocktail, or two, in hand. Great Fosters is set in 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland and has something for everyone to enjoy, whether a gardener or not!
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Bedrooms - One bedroom with en suite bathroom suitable for guests who use a wheelchair available
  • Disabled Parking

Catering

  • Banqueting
  • Bar
  • Bar meals
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Meals served all day
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Special diets catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Food/bottle warming available
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • 24 hr return laundry service
  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
  • Central heating throughout
  • Children aged 12yrs+ welcome
  • Children aged 5+yrs welcome
  • Conference facilities
  • Currency exchange service
  • Event venue
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Interconnecting Rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Licensed for civil marriages
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Night porter
  • Open Christmas
  • Open Fire
  • Open New Year
  • Pre-school children welcome (0-4yrs)
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Wireless Internet Access - Complimentary throughout the hotel.

Leisure Facilities

  • Attraction package(s) available
  • Bar
  • Golf Course close by
  • Other sporting facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • On site parking
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - On application.
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Country house
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Room / Unit Features

  • Air conditioning some rooms
  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Baths all rooms
  • Broadband
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • Four poster beds available
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Ground Floor Room(s)
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Internet access all rooms
  • Ironing facilities in most rooms
  • King sized bed some rooms
  • Mini bar some rooms
  • Modem point in all bedrooms - Some rooms, but complimentary Wi Fi in all rooms
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Queen sized beds some rooms
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Safe all rooms
  • Showers all rooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms
  • Trouser press some rooms

Specialist Features

  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
  • Short breaks available

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply
  • Wi-fi available

Special Offers

  • COCKTAILS AL FRESCO

    Friday, 12th July 2019

    Collect a map of the estate and spend a relaxing evening strolling around our grounds with a cocktail, or two, in hand. Great Fosters is set in 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland and has something for everyone to enjoy, whether a gardener or not! The formal gardens are among the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe and were fully restored by renowned architect Kim Wilkie in the 1990s. A grassed amphitheatre and lake were added at a later date extending and further enhancing the estate.

    Wander around the secret gardens, apple arch and sunken circular rose garden, soak up the sculptures dotted around the grounds or take a seat by the moat to just admire the view.

    Two "pop-up" bars will be situated by the lake and our glasshouse from 6pm until 8pm offering a choice of cocktails for you to sip as you stroll around at your leisure. Informal food from our wood fired pizza oven and barbeque will also be available to purchase on the evening.

    Your ticket includes two cocktails from our pop-up bars and a self-guided tour of the grounds and is priced at £25 per person. Tickets can be booked here. Full pre-payment will be taken when you make your booking.

    MEET THE BEES LUNCHES

    Thursday 13th June, Friday 28th June, Wednesday 10th July & Thursday 25th July 2019

    Join us for a tour of the gardens with our Estate Manager, Russell Dixon, followed by a guided visit to the Great Fosters bee hives with our resident Bee Keeper.

    Having worked at Great Fosters for over 25 years, Russell has plenty of stories that make for an entertaining experience. Then you will be taken to visit our bees, where you will learn all about the fascinating art of beekeeping.

    Find out more and book your Meet the Bees Lunch!

    DINING AL FRESCO

    Overlooking beautiful views of the parterres, The Cocktail Bar and Terraces are the ideal setting for a relaxing drink, whether you're enjoying some all-important 'me time' or joining us for a romantic evening with someone special. The Terrace is open throughout the day and offers a fantastic selection of coffee, drinks, afternoon tea, and deliciously tempting apéritifs and digestifs.

    More offers like this - Summer Offers

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Service
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Cleanliness
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Location
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      970
    • Very Good
      252
    • Average
      95
    • Poor
      61
    • Terrible
      35

    Recent Reviews:

    • OA468
      London
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Food was amazing but the historic magic has gone
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 20th June 2019
      I stayed last week with my mother at Great Fosters, as we have done for the last nine years. I didn't know it had changed hands until I booked our stay and where we usually got a special rate... Read full review
    • Christine28may
      Northumberland, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Is this wonderful hotel in safe hands
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 20th June 2019
      Having just returned from Great Fosters again I was concerned about the new owners changing to much of this great hotel. Many of the original staff have left and it shows. The newer staff members in... Read full review
    • maryloudean
      Heathfield,sussex
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Beautiful venue but inflexible check in policy
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 21st June 2019
      We attended a wedding there recently. We had rooms booked for the wedding at 3 pm. Some of our party had travelled several hours so we asked if we could get into our rooms about 2 to get changed but... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Travelling south (anti-clockwise) on the M25: Exit the M25 at junction 13. Go straight over the roundabout, as if re-joining the M25. Keep in the left hand lane, signposted A30 Egham. Travelling north (clockwise) on the M25: Exit the M25 at junction 13. Turn right at the roundabout, as if re-joining the M25 to go south. Keep in the left hand lane, signposted A30 Egham and continue towards Egham town centre. At the end of the slip road under the motorway bridge, turn first left at the large roundabout into The Avenue. Turn left at the mini roundabout (police station on the left) into Vicarage Road. Continue over the railway lines to the roundabout at the end. Turn right at the roundabout into New Wickham Lane and continue over the M25 motorway. Turn left at the next roundabout into Stroude Road and Great Fosters is approx 500 yards on the left handside. Directions from the A30: From Bagshot to Staines on the A30, turn right at the traffic lights by the Wheatsheaf Pub and Laithwaites into Christchurch Road. Continue over the roundabout and past 2 parades of shops on the right. Turn left at the traffic lights into Stroude Road. Great Fosters is approximately three quarters of a mile on the right hand side.

    Public Transport Directions

    The hotel is a 15 minutes walk from Egham train station, although we advise you take a taxi. Please call Reception in advance and we will be happy to arrange this for you. Egham train station is a 40 minute direct train journey from London Waterloo. From London Heathrow From Terminals 1, 2 and 3 follow the signs onto the M4 at Junction 4b and travel west. Join the M25 at Junction 15 and travel around the M25 anti-clockwise to junction 13. From T4 follow the signs from the M25 (Gatwick). Join the M25 and follow the M25 south (anti clockwise and exit at Junction 13. From T5 join the M25 at Junction 14 and follow the M25 south (anti clockwise and exit at Junction 13. Alternatively please call Reception in advance and we will be happy to arrange a taxi to meet you in the terminal.

    Gradings

    • 4 AA Red Stars
    • 4 AA Stars
    4 AA Stars

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -One Michelin Star One Michelin Star 2017
    • Group Establishments -Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Scheme Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Scheme 2018
    • AA Awards - 4 AA Dining Rosettes 2018 2018

    Opening Times

    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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