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“A Beautiful Surprise”
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Great Fosters
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Egham
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Panel 1 has a quirky bathroom and wonderful wallpaper
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review on your stay with us last month. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your surprise so much and will certainly be sharing your feedback with the rest of the team.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Looking for a hotel to stay for one night before taking a flight from Heathrow, we settled on Great Fosters. A great choice. The building dates back to 1550 as a Royal Hunting Lodge. It is very luxurious from the moment one enters the reception area at the front. Our room was in the old stables across the courtyard and was very comfortable, with a huge bathroom. Our only complaint was that there was not a functioning place to store the ironing board! We also took dinner and breakfast in the hotel and both were excellent in terms of the wonderful room and the food. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent stay with us. I was pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to the UK.

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stayed one night in August. Our room in The Cloisters was pretty and spotlessly clean although quite a walk outside from the main hotel. Would not want to do it in the rain! Gorgeous Molton Brown toiletries in the bathroom and a Bluetooth radio that could play our own music. Lovely cups with the tea tray! Pimm's on the terrace overlooking the Tudor knot garden was a treat.

Delicious evening dinner in The Estate Grill - the staff were fantastic, particularly the sommelier. £160 for two people, three courses and a half bottle of wine, including service which is added on. Not cheap by any means, but then this was a special weekend away and the service, the quality of the food and the ambience were all worth it.

Unfortunately, breakfast not so good. We were not offered a menu, the plates were stone cold at the hot buffet table and the fruit platter was dry and tasteless, with the melon rock hard. Tables were pushed together so closely we were virtually dining with the next door couple. This made conversation stilted.

Another niggle - on the walk from the room, we had to cross a gravelled courtyard. This was the unloading bay for the events room, and was full of white vans which completely blocked the route to the door. Having to squeeze past delivery vans to enter your luxury hotel is not on!!

So, we would return, but next time would want to be in the main hotel itself.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful building, rooms and setting. Welcome and service amazing. Food and ambience in The Tudor room wonderful. When they found out it was our anniversary we were presented with a slate with Happy Anniversary piped in chocolate and a beautiful box with chocolates at the end of our meal. A thoughtful touch that shows the attention to detail. Loved it and can't wait to be able to afford to go again. Stayed in new building but still luxurious. Expensive but worth every penny.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay with us. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed celebrating your anniversary with us and that my team looked after you so well.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed August 22, 2014

We stayed for a weekend,it was lovely from the moment we arrived.Beautiful hotel,with such character.We walked the grounds,lovely setting,saw the pigs and bees,which the hotel cultivate.The hotel oozes history with the oak panelling and inglenook fireplaces.We stayed in a room called Corridor all oak panelled but on opening the door to the bathroom it' was real state of the art.Very luxurious and TV in the wall!
Definitely worth a visit! Good for visiting Windsor and Hampton Court too

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for writing a review on your stay with us last month. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay in our Corridor bedroom and that you particularly enjoyed visiting the bees and the pigs.

I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

The 3 of us stayed here for 3 nights this August. The room was large enough for all of us and the decor, with lots of dark wood, fit the style of this 1550s hunting lodge. We had an ultra modern marble bathroom with violet accent lights, a rain shower, and a beautiful modern stand-alone tub. This was nice, but the lighting was definitely not useful for applying makeup. Fortunately, there was a window with day light streaming in where I could sit with my magnifying mirror and put on my makeup. Nighttime was a problem - wasn't sure if I would show up for dinner looking like a clown or a streetwalker. Aside from this, the estate is gorgeous, the gardens are magnificent, the service was perfect, and our stay was memorable. I gave it four stars because I love beautifully decorated spaces and our room fell a little short.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for posting a review on your recent stay with us. I was pleased that you all enjoyed your stay last month. Thank you for your comments on the lighting in the particular room in which you stayed. We will be looking at how we can improve the lighting in the bathroom.

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

Have stayed here over the past 18 years on different occasions and still love the place. The hotel just oozes character and if you stay, be sure to go for a feature room as they are really, really special. Each one one has a charm of its own.

Try not to get a hotel in the new building as they are nice, but don't have the character of the rooms in the main hotel building.

We spent a Xmas here one year and dined in the barn - absolutely fabulous !

Stayed: June 2014
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GreatFosters1931, General Manager at Great Fosters, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2014

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We look forward to welcoming you back when you are next in our part of the world.

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Additional Information about Great Fosters

Address: Stroude Road, Egham TW20 9UR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Egham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Egham
Price Range: $162 - $441 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Great Fosters 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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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