Great Fosters

Type:Hotel

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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, which holds a Michelin star, 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 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.

Rated and awarded by the AA’s professional inspectors Great Fosters is currently the only five star hotel in Surrey accredited by the AA and one of only 30 five star hotels in England outside London.

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

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Arrival Date:
Wed , 17th Apr 2024
Departure Date:
Thur , 18th Apr 2024
No. of Nights:
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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
54
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 £325.00 to £450.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
4. Spacious Super King Suitesfrom £450.00 to £595.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
5. Splendid Historic Suitesfrom £495.00 to £650.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
6. Named Historic Suitesfrom £850.00 to £1,200.00 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
  • Hot Tub
  • 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 and Dower House. 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
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Point
  • 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

  • The Gift of Great Fosters

    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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  • The Great Fosters Weekender

    3 nights for the price of 2 at Great Fosters.

    Three night weekends with Sunday absolutely free - stay from £790 per room, for three nights in a Luxury King Room

    This promotion is ONLY available to book online - so get 3 nights for the price of 2 at Great Fosters here!

    At Great Fosters, there's more than enough to fill your weekend - with two restaurants, our heated pool*, fabulous listed gardens, afternoon teas, treatments and more - without mentioning Windsor - there's scant chance to enjoy everything at Great Fosters in just 48 hours. So why not do 72?

    Throughout the year, subject to rate availability, when you stay on Friday & Saturday night, we'll include Sunday night for free. Quite the invitation we think, to enjoy the splendour of Fosters in full - so let's see what you can get up to, with  your 72 hours of regal relaxation...

    *Heated pool & hot tub open from May - September, weather dependant

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  • Family Easter Day Afternoon Tea

    Served in beautiful Tithe Barn and Orangery.  We will also have an Easter trail for our younger guests in the gardens with a prize for every child that completes the trail.

    £37 per adult | £19.50 per child (aged 3 – 12).

    Find out more here.

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  • Easter Afternoon Tea

    Time for tea?  Join us in The Garden Room and Anne Boleyn Drawing Room for a fabulous Easter afternoon tea.

    Available for parties of two - six from 12 noon - 4pm.

    £37 per person.

    Find out more here.

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  • Easter Sunday Lunch

    Served in The Estate Grill.

    £55 per adult | £22.50 per child (aged 3 – 12).

    Find out more here.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 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
      1337
    • Very Good
      352
    • Average
      190
    • Poor
      144
    • Terrible
      112

    Recent Reviews:

    • Heather S
      Afternoon tea beautifully served by Eunice
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 6th April 2024
      Went for afternoon tea today (6th April 2024), such a lovely place, we were served in the Ann Boleyn room by Eunice who was so attentive. Wonderful food and a great atmosphere. Can't wait until we... Read full review
    • Dominique S
      5 star quality
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 8th April 2024
      The hotel was beautiful. A lovely atmosphere. The staff were fantastic and friendly. We loved our suite (the nursery suite) and really did not want to leave! The food was lovely and we filled up on... Read full review
    • Honestreviews2024
      Perfect place to visit & will be back very soon!!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th April 2024
      What a lovely place to be able to visit! As we drove up the main drive we were greeted by some very friendly and lovely staff members called Adam, Gabor & Micheal we assisted us into the hotel and... 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

    • 5 AA Stars
    5 AA Stars

    Awards

    • AA Awards -2 AA Rosettes 2 AA Rosettes 2019
    • AA Awards -3 AA Rosettes 3 AA Rosettes 2017
    • Regional and Miscellaneous - One Michelin Star
    • Group Establishments -Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service Part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Concierge Service 2024

    Opening Times

    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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