Built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550, Great Fosters hotel offers guests a taste of Tudor opulence alongside an array of modern conveniences. The original Grade I listed building has been immaculately preserved and is set within 50 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and parkland. Each of the hotel’s 43 bedrooms has a unique design, from the contemporary Coach House rooms to the historic suites. The suites boast a range of features, from an imposing four-poster bed in the Panel II suite to the stunning frescoes adorning the walls of the ultra-romantic Italian room. Historic details can be found throughout the property, from the mullioned windows and Jacobean fireplaces to the oak staircase and original tapestries.
The hotel’s extensive grounds are designed for romantic evening strolls. Guests can cross the moat, which is home to a pair of swans, via the Japanese wooden bridge to visit the carefully manicured walled gardens, or venture further afield to visit Great Foster’s kitchen garden or its herd of pigs. Be sure to explore the hotel’s outdoor tennis court and heated swimming pool with listed 1920s bathing boxes.
The dinner service at Great Fosters could rival that of any Michelin-starred London restaurant. Begin with a cocktail at the bar before choosing between dinner at the Estate Grill or a more formal meal in the exquisite Tudor Room. The menu at the Estate Grill takes its cues from ingredients grown in the grounds of Great Fosters, while the Tudor Room offers intensely flavoured tasting menus inspired by the season. Choose either a six-course or eight-course menu, accompanied by carefully chosen wine pairings and served in an intimate 24-cover dining room that offers luxury without pretention.
Located close to Heathrow Airport and just an hour from central London, the hotel is the perfect place to escape and explore England’s rich history.
Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR, +44 (0)1784 433822