Great Fosters

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Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

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Exterior of Great Fosters in summertime

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 an endlessly charming Tudor estate steeped in royal history, located just 7 miles from the centre of Windsor.  Set in 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland, which include a listed topiary garden, Saxon moat with Japanese bridge the instantly recognisable red-brick facade and chimney tops are a sight to behold as you drive up to the front door.  

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 rooms and suites.  There are five new bedrooms in The Coach House, including another pair of interconnecting rooms and some new very cute teepees for our younger guests too.

The Dower House (opened September 2021) includes seven generous rooms and suites, all rich in original details bearing the patina of time, juxtaposed with signature fabrics and furnishings. Rooms are spread over two floors and enjoy views over the ornamental gardens or magnolia lawn. Designed for indulgent weekends, get-togethers with friends and family, and perfect too for longer stays, the Dower House is once again a grand yet understated residence, for those in the know.

Great Fosters is justifiably proud of its food and specialises in modern English and European cuisine using the finest ingredients.  The Tudor Pass is an intimate gastronomic restaurant open Wednesday to Saturday.  The reimagining of an icon, The Tudor Pass is a new chapter in the storied history of this special restaurant, named so to celebrate the unique interactive service style diners can expect – without the noise of an open kitchen - and it is led by new Executive Head Chef, Alex Payne.  The Estate Grill is a contemporary restaurant offering a Modern British grill style menu.  Along the eastern side of the hotel you will find stunning terraces, intimate gardens and nooks & crannies, which come alive in the summer months and offer some perfect spots for some delicious dining al fresco. 

Great Fosters has an unrivalled reputation for afternoon tea, which is served in the Anne Boleyn Drawing Room Garden Room 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.

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 Service.

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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
50
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
1 Cosy Double Roomfrom £225.00 to £275.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
2 Comfy King Roomfrom £245.00 to £300.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
3 Luxury King Roomfrom £280.00 to £350.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
4 Spacious Super King Suitesfrom £300.00 to £475.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
5 Splendid Historic Suitesfrom £360.00 to £495.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
6 Named Historic Suitesfrom £600.00 to £850.00 per room per night (breakfast included)

*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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Bedrooms - Bedrooms 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
  • Licensed for civil marriages
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Night porter
  • Open Christmas
  • Open Fire
  • Open New Year
  • Pets welcome - Dogs are welcome to stay in our spacious super king bedded suites or luxury king rooms in The Cloisters. Four legged friends are greeted with their own luxurious dog bed, food & drink bowls and a little welcome gift to ensure they too experience the full Great Fosters hospitality. The hotel provides a special dog menu, which even includes two specially adapted dishes from the menu in The Estate Grill and drinks from Woof & Brew, perhaps a ‘pawsecco’ or a bottle of ‘bottom sniffer beer’? Dogs can relax with their owners in the Cocktail Bar overlooking the terrace.
  • 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
  • Cycle Hire
  • Golf Course close by
  • Health/Fitness/ Beauty Facilities
  • 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 some 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

  • At Great Fosters, you can purchase anything from a monetary voucher - allowing the recipient to choose their own gift or experience - to a food and drink experience or an overnight stay.  Experiences include a Horticulture Heritage Tour with Lunch and a Meet the Bees Lunch where you'll tour the hives with Great Fosters' very own beekeeper!

    Find out more.

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  • Festive Afternoon Tea

    Our elves arrive with a sprinkling of fairy dust on November 28th!   Served in the Anne Boleyn, Garden Room and Cocktail Bar expect roaring fires, glittering decorations and plenty of festive magic.  Our festive afternoon tea is full of Christmas flavours and a few surprises too (it is Christmas after all!).

    Find out more here.

    Christmas 2022 and New Year offers - redeem this special offer from 28/11/2022

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  • The Royal Salute 👑

    Includes 24 hours of bliss, sampling everything Great Fosters has to offer in honour of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    After checking in (mind your head on the door...you'll see what we mean!) awaiting your arrival in your room you will find a decanter of Her Majesty's favourite tipple, with a Great Fosters twist - a Dubonnet Negroni - the perfect sip to settle you in. 

    Included in your package is our most splendid Platinum Afternoon Tea - with dishes inspired by Her Majesty's favoured flavours and recipes, including her most favourite of all - Chocolate Perfection Cake.  For supper, you'll have £40 per person to spend on dinner food as you wish, whether in the Estate Grill, al fresco on the terraces, or if booked in advance, our Michelin-starred restaurant, Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room.  After supper retire to your luxury room or suite before enjoying our famous full English breakfast the following morning.  Also included in your package is use of Utopia Retreat, which at it's heart includes our art-deco heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

    From £510 per couple in a luxury king room.  Available until 30 November 2022.

    Find out more and book here.

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  • A Right Royal Pampering 👑

    A Right Royal Pampering is our signature package at Great Fosters, bringing together our treatment & pool brand, Utopia Retreat, with the best of Fosters for a two-night getaway. 

    After checking in (mind your head on the door...you'll see what we mean!) awaiting your arrival in your room you will find a decanter of Her Majesty's favourite tipple, with a Great Fosters twist - a Dubonnet Negroni - the perfect sip to settle you in.  Our Right Royal Pampering includes a 55 minute treatment each, from Utopia Retreat, and of course use of the heated outdoor pool & our brand new hot tub. Available to enjoy on the day of your arrival or departure, you can choose from one of our specially created Platinum Jubilee experiences - either our Platinum Afternoon Tea or one of our Platinum Picnics. Either is sure to delight and are a perfectly British way to while away an afternoon. 

    You’ll of course enjoy two-nights of luxury in one of our Spacious Super King Suites (or higher room types), complete with a full daily breakfast in the Estate Grill.

    From £1,245 per couple for two nights in a Spacious Super King Suite.  Available until 30 November 2022.

    Find out more and book here.

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  • Christmas Package

    Great Fosters is aglow during the holidays, dressed top to toe in seasonal splendour with every detail thought of. Our Christmas Package is the crowning glory of the season, with guests arriving for two or three nights from the 24th of December, ready for a most luxurious Christmas. Great Fosters will become your home for Christmas - what could be more indulgent and special? Fear not however if you cannot join us for the full break - 1-night bed & breakfast stays are available too.

    Find out more here.

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  • Christmas Feasts & Menus

    From our exquisite Christmas Day feast in the Tithe Barn to our glorious Boxing Day Afternoon Tea, there is much and more to enjoy this year at Great Fosters.

    Christmas Eve Luncheon | 3 Courses | £60 | children aged 12 & under £30
    Christmas Eve Dinner | The Estate Grill ~ 4 Courses | £55
    Christmas Day Lunch | The Tithe Barn ~ 6 Courses | £150 | children aged 12 & under £70
    Boxing Day Festive Afternoon Tea | The Tithe Barn ~ £65 | children aged 12 & under £35
    Boxing Day Supper | The Estate Grill ~ 4 Courses | £55

    Find out more here.

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  • Our New Year's Eve Package

    If Great Fosters is glowing at Christmas it's positively sparkling for New Year's Eve. Our incredible Tithe Barn plays host to the most glamorous occasion of the festive season, which you can enjoy as a resident with our two-night package or as an evening guest.

    Find out more here.

     

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  • New Year's Eve Dining

    Join us in the Tithe Barn to say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023.  Decadent dining, impeccable service and open fires await...

    New Year's Eve | The Tithe Barn with entertainment ~ 5 Courses | £125
    The Grand Great Fosters New Year's Day Brunch Buffet | The Tithe Barn ~ £70 | £35 children under 12 years from 11am - 2.30pm.

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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
      1211
    • Very Good
      324
    • Average
      185
    • Poor
      122
    • Terrible
      86

    Recent Reviews:

    • 710aoifet
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Wonderful
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 27th November 2022
      We had a wonderful time at great fosters. The buildings are magnificent as were the surrounding gardens. The found & service are excellent. Gabor one of the managers was especially helpful... Read full review
    • Olivia B
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Beautiful afternoon tea
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 28th November 2022
      Me my partner had a lovely afternoon tea on Sunday. I am vegan and the vegan option was fantastic, variety of sandwiches, lovely scones and proper patisserie style cakes (not the usual dry packet... Read full review
    • Kulveer G
      Afternoon Tea
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 29th November 2022
      We visited Great Fosters for afternoon tea as a birthday treat. We were served by Daniel and the team and the service was exceptional. The sandwiches freshly prepared for us on the day by the Head... 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 minute 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

    Awards

    • AA Awards -2 AA Rosettes 2 AA Rosettes 2019
    • AA Awards -3 AA Rosettes 3 AA Rosettes 2017
    • Group Establishments -Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service 2022

    Opening Times

    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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