Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
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Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
Great Fosters is a Grade One listed building set in 50 acres of formal gardens and parkland. The hotel has been awarded four red stars from the AA and holds a Michelin star for The Tudor Room restaurant.
What makes a stay at Great Fosters unique?
Probably built as a Royal Hunting lodge and gracing an estate of more than fifty Great Fosters is 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, near to Heathrow and Windsor. Many original features remain including Jacobean fireplaces, antique tapestries and mullioned windows and the breathtaking grounds feature a circular sunken rose garden, wisteria-clad bridge over a Saxon moat, a lake and outdoor heated swimming pool. The hotel is well known for its discreet yet welcoming and friendly service. An outdoor heated swimming pool with listed bathing huts is also available for guests to use from May-September.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Great Fosters?
Each of the 43 suites and bedrooms at Great Fosters is uniquely decorated, including four-poster beds, Persian rugs, gilt furnishings and damask walls, antiques and artefacts dating back hundreds of years. There are three buildings dedicated to the ultimate accommodation for guests, The Main House, which dates from 1550, delivers a selection of historic suites and bedrooms, The Cloisters, which is positioned across a pretty courtyard, offers more contemporary suites and double rooms, and finally The Coach House which displays 11 modern junior suites and double rooms. All bedrooms throughout the hotel feature beds made with silk filled duvets and have complimentary wi-fi.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Egham area?
Great Fosters is near to Windsor and all that this beautiful town has to offer. Take a tour of Windsor Castle and see where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) were married). Or visit the flagship garden, RHS Wisley, a short drive away. The hotel is minutes from Virginia Water, part of the Royal Landscape or visits Runnymede to see where the historic Magna Carta was signed.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Great Fosters the proud owner of two restaurants, both producing divine food. The Michelin starred Tudor Room delivers an exquisite fine dining experience in an intimate setting of only 20 diners. It opens for lunch on a Thursday & Friday and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. The Estate Grill offers a larger contemporary restaurant that serves simpler, yet delicious, dishes, many of which are cooked on a Jopser grill. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Ingredients for both restaurants are grown on the estate in a large glasshouse and kitchen garden. And what's more, the hotel rears pigs and has an apiary, producing the most delicious honey...
Great Fosters also has a Garden and Venue:
Great Fosters is part of the following Inspirations:
"If it weren’t for the distant hum of the M25 you would never guess you were anywhere near Heathrow Airport on arrival at Great Fosters. In fact you might be forgiven your taxi had delivered you to the 16th century by mistake.
The 1500s were when Henry VIII and his younger daughter Elizabeth are said to have used the mediaeval tenement known as “Fosters” as a hunting lodge. Elizabeth I’s coat of arms is above the main porch, inscribed with the date 1598, which was presumably when she visited.
The main building is a masterpiece in Tudor brick with very tall chimneys and a large oak door. To enter one passes through a very low “wicket” in the door, a small aperture to ensure that only one invader can enter at a time. Once inside, the sooty hue of Great Hall’s plasterwork confirms that the centuries of open fires at Great Fosters. Before reaching reception, turn left into the Anne Boleyn Room. Today it’s a typical hotel drawing room with large sofas but its name derives from the coats of arms on the ceiling which were those of Henry VIII’s second wife, the ill-fated mother of Elizabeth I. On the way to your room take in the main staircase which is a brick tower tacked on to the main building in 1600 with the coat of arms of the Earls of Northumberland at its head . Quite what all these historical figures were doing at Great Fosters is not recorded but it’s clear that the house is steeped in history. The three sided moat, now part of the gardens is even believed to date from Anglo Saxon times.
What a place to run away to when Christmas gets too much – or indeed to stay at the night before an early flight from Heathrow. In keeping with the age of the house, the bedrooms are not large. They are down long, irregular and oak-panelled corridors. Most have mullioned windows and are accessed with real door keys rather than cardkeys. Downstairs the house has a number of fireplaces and many, many cozy places to sit.
Like so many English country houses, Great Fosters was owned over the centuries by a range of baronets, colonels, minor earls, squires and honourables. In 1930 it was bought by the Yorkshire politician Sir Harold Sutcliffe who oversaw its conversion into a hotel and installed a resident director, Major Jeffreys to run it. The major requested a larger dining room and was rewarded by Sir Harold’s purchase of a massive Elizabethan tithe barn. The barn was dismantled at Ewell Manor, near Epsom and reconstructed at Great Fosters to serve as part of the new hotel. Today it is still the main function room.
The hotel is still owned by Sir Harold’s descendants and it has the feel of a family home. Out in the gardens there is a 1920s archery pavilion and a swimming pool that was built in the 1930s with old ramshackle changing rooms known as boxes. They are unique - and unchanged as listed buildings. The signage still reads "Men’s Boxes" (to the right) and "Ladies’ Boxes" (to the left). A rare touch of the 21st century can be found in the swimming pool - Fever Tree Tonic umbrellas. Otherwise Great Fosters is all about disappearing into the past."
"Let me set the scene of a Christmas at the former royal hunting lodge Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey. Think four poster beds, mullioned windows, classic wood-panelling, heavy Flemish tapestries, portraits and paintings, moulded ceilings, damask furnishings and blazing log fires in Jacobean fireplaces. Then add fairy lights strung artfully across beams, champagne and caviar to whet your appetite and then a whopping great meal at a stunningly decorated table (we love the giant red bows on the chair backs). The wonderful gardens with their elegant Japanese Bridge make for the perfect Christmas Day afternoon stroll too or head into smart Windsor to take in a panto at the Theatre Royal or raise a toast to her Majesty’s Speech in a traditional old pub a stone’s throw from the famous castle."
Information on Great Fosters hotel , Stroude Road , Egham
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Single, Double, Twin, Suite
|Room rates guide:||
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: perfect for wedding night or honeymoons
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Red Stars, AA 3 Rosettes, One Michelin Star
Colour TV, telephone, Plasma /LCD/ Flat screens in all bedrooms, Modem point, wireless internet access, Air-conditioning in all Cloister & Coach House rooms, A 24 hour room service menu is offered, Four poster beds available, Molton Brown toiletries
50 acre estate, landscaped gardens, Heated outdoor swimming pool (May - Sep), AA 3 Rosette restaurant, The Tudor Room holds a Michelin star, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 5 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 180 delegates
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Croquet lawn, Hard tennis court, Outdoor swimming pool
Golf (2 miles, 5 mins), Squash court, Sailing, Windsurfing, water-skiing, Horse riding
|Local directions:||From M25: Leave M25 Junction 13 and head towards Egham on A30. At end of slip road from motorway take first left at roundabout to The Avenue. Turn left at mini roundabout into Vicarage Road (Egham Police Station on left). Go over railway track and continue to end of road. Turn right at roundabout into New Wickham Lane, then left at next roundabout into Stroude Road and Great Fosters is 500 yards on left hand side. From A30 (heading for Staines): On A30 just past Wentworth Gold Club, at traffic lights (Piccolinas on right and The Wheatsheaf on left) turn right into Christchurch Rd, following signs for Virginia Water. At end of road go over roundabout (towards Virginia Water). Continue past 2 parades of shops on right hand side. Turn left at traffic lights by train station into Stroude Road. Great Fosters is down the hill approx 3/4 mile on right hand side.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Windsor (8 miles) (15 mins)
Heathrow (7 miles) (15 mins)
Egham (2 miles) (5 mins)
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