It was a birthday surprise, just one night, and what an exceptionally special experience. The really wonderful part was the delightful staff, everyone was kind, charming, concerned and professional. Yes the huge and characterful 1550 building with its tiny front door within a huge door was quirky, creaky, wonky and beautifully polished. Yes, the flowers were grand, elegant but also tiny and perfect. The Estate Grill food was local, thoughtful and unbelievably tasty (I particularly enjoyed the tiny orange tomatoes in the vegetable platter- called Golden Sweet, according to the gardener who grew them). The wine and most importantly the champagne (and charmingly whiskered sommelier) completed the dining experience perfectly. The Room- Panel 1, with its panelled walls and quirky panelled bathroom and gorgeous wallpaper (with no bird spotted twice) was deeply comfortable, warm and satisfying. Yes, the grounds and garden were beautifully kept, trimmed, surprising and pleasing- next time we will stay for at least two days and swim in the out-door pool and play very competitive croquet. But it really does come down to people who do a very good job. Thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Probably built as a Royal Hunting lodge and very much a stately home since the 16th century, Great Fosters is now a prestigious hotel, awarded 4 red stars by the AA. Set amongst 50 acres of gardens and parkland, the hotel is a Grade One listed building blessed with the grandeur of 16th century England and luxurious modern facilities. Its past is evident in the mullioned windows, tall chimneys, fireplaces and brick finials, while the Saxon moat, crossed by a Japanese bridge, surrounds three sides of the formal garden. All the suites and bedrooms are individually decorated. The bedrooms in the Main House are adorned with tapestries and antiques, whilst the bedrooms in The Cloisters are more contemporary in style. The refurbished Coach House offers luxurious accommodation with the latest plasma screens, i-pod docking stations and fabulous bathrooms. The hotel has two restaurants - The Estate Grill has been awarded two rosettes by the AA and serves a simple and seasonal menu with many of the dishes using produce grown on the estate and cooked on a Josper grill. The Tudor Room was awarded a Michelin star and three rosettes by the AA in October 2016 and is an intimate sophisticated restaurant open for lunch on a Thursday & Friday and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Fosters Egham, Surrey, UK
- Great Fosters Hotel Egham