Great Fosters

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Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

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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.  There are two restaurants: Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room holds a Michelin star and offers a truly fine dining experience in an intimate setting of only 20 diners.  Choose from a tasting experience or a lunch or dinner menu.  The Estate Grill is a contemporary restaurant offering a simpler style of food.  Along the eastern side of the hotel you will find stunning terraces, intimate gardens and nooks & crannies, which come alive in the summer months.

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.  Read more about pool days for non residents under 'Special Offers' below.

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 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

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided) - In public areas of the hotel whilst not eating or drinking
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Online booking possible
  • Online ordering available - For Room Service
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Room service available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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.

    Vouchers for Gifts and Experiences - redeem this special offer immediately

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  • Summer Staycation three 4 two offer

    An endlessly charming Tudor estate steeped in royal history and located just outside Windsor. Set in 50 acres of iconic gardens & grounds, complete with topiary, Saxon moat, Japanese bridge and grassed amphitheatre the instantly recognisable red-brick facade & chimney tops of Great Fosters is a sight to behold indeed.

    But the summer jewel in our glittering crown is our heated outdoor pool, available to all resident guests during their stay.  When the sun is shining there's surely no better place to be - a sun lounger with butler style service for refreshments - what could be better?  But if you do wish to explore, Windsor Great Park is only a 10 minute drive with beautiful walks & some excellent pubs round the edge of the park.  Or if it's culture you fancy both Windsor Castle and Hampton Court are close by.

    Three night packages are available from £770 per couple in a luxury king room during July & August Sunday to Thursday, subject to rate availability

    Oh, and needless to say we're family & dog friendly and are delighted to welcome both children & well behaved fur babies.

    Find out more here.

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  • Great Fosters Pool Days

    Our heated outdoor pool is now open for the season from 8am to 6pm and is available for residents to enjoy and for day guests to book our 'pool day' experiences. Built in the 1920s, the pool resonates art deco glamour, complete with charming original stalls for changing, bathrooms and outdoor showers.  Refurbished in 2021, guests can expect an even more indulgent experience with our signature AHC flourishes, Temple Spa amenities and more. In the event of poor weather your Pool Day can be rescheduled providing that you give us at least 7 days notice.  We carefully restrict the number of pool days sold each day to ensure that Utopia Retreat doesn't become too crowded.

    Find out more about Pool & Picnic, a Day by the Pool, Pool & Pamper and more here.
     

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  • Platinum Jubilee Edition Afternoon Tea 👑

    Served in the historic Anne Boleyn drawing room, and in the summer months on the terrace overlooking the parterres gardens, afternoon tea at the Great Fosters estate is an elegant affair indeed.

    From delicate bavarois to moreish eclairs, the changing array of fancies are always delicious, and are served alongside warm, freshly baked scones and our exquisite sandwich selection. It makes a beautiful gift to a loved one, or an indulgent treat for yourself. 

    Plus, we're now offering our rather popular doggy afternoon tea so you can treat your four legged friend too.

    Find out more here.

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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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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
      1162
    • Very Good
      313
    • Average
      174
    • Poor
      110
    • Terrible
      78

    Recent Reviews:

    • Jet527290
      A wonderful experience!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 5th July 2022
      I booked one night at this amazing hotel after my flight was cancelled. I did not know what to expect. The hotel and restaurant staff made me feel at home. It was quite a pleasant surprise. It... Read full review
    • Sally_Crane_67
      London, United Kingdom
      Annoyed and Havent Even Stayed Yet!!
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 5th July 2022
      Due to attend our sons wedding this coming Saturday and have numerous rooms booked. Asked if we could check in early at 12pm to leave our baggage in our rooms and freshen up after arriving, to be... Read full review
    • estrellab663
      5 STAR
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 5th July 2022
      A very amazing team, specially the bar team well trained, welcomed us in a friendly manner. CLADWELL is an asset to the hotel, he just knows what his guest wants the best and made our anniversary to... 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
    • 4 AA Stars
    4 AA Stars

    Awards

    • AA Awards -2 AA Rosettes 2 AA Rosettes 2019
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -One Michelin Star One Michelin Star 2017
    • Group Establishments -Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service 2020
    • AA Awards - 4 AA Dining Rosettes 2018 2018

    Opening Times

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

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