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“A converted 16th-century royal hunting lodge, now luxury hotel, under an hour away from London. Housing a Michelin starred restaurant and brimming with historic charm. The perfect weekend getaway. ”

“A converted 16th-century royal hunting lodge, now luxury hotel, under an hour away from London. Housing a Michelin starred restaurant and brimming with historic charm. The perfect weekend getaway. ”

Hotel Review

Great Fosters has seen a great deal of careful restoration and renovation since it changed hands in 2018. The 43 rooms and suites of this red brick Tudor mansion are spread across the main building (where you’ll find most of the suites), courtyard and cloisters where there are additional rooms and family suites that welcome four-legged friends. Expect the unexpected from contemporary rooms with modern free-standing baths to rooms with more traditional interiors. The 50 acres of stunning grounds and gardens are home to beautiful listed topiary mazes and a walled, heated outdoor swimming pool which is open May to October. Children are welcome and can join in scavenger hunts, tennis sessions or take a dip in the pool. Otherwise if they want to let off steam, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures are within a half hour drive. For relaxed dining head to The Estate Grill which has a brasserie menu including some British favourites as well as a children’s menu. Foodies should book a table at the Michelin star restaurant Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room, which has only five tables and where the chef introduces the food himself. For a more private affair you can book the new wine room which seats up to twelve people making it ideal for small private events. Afternoon Tea is served year-round and can be enjoyed in front of the crackling fire in the Anne Boleyn drawing room during the cooler months or pick a sunny spot in the sculpture-filled garden in the summer. For a charming family friendly stay a stone's throw from London, and just outside Windsor you can't go wrong.

Recommended for
  • Country Escape
  • Under an hour away from London this historic property offers all one could want from a rural weekend escape.
  • Families
  • Excellent facilities for all ages and superb proximity to several theme parks
  • Foodies
  • The fine dining Michelin star Tudor restaurant is worthy of a visit alone.
 

Written by Lulu Townsend

Recommended For

  • Country Escape
  • Under an hour away from London this historic property offers all one could want from a rural weekend escape.
  • Families
  • Excellent facilities for all ages and superb proximity to several theme parks
  • Foodies
  • The fine dining Michelin star Tudor restaurant is worthy of a visit alone.
  • Other Activities
  • Watch polo, “the sport of kings,” at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park (April to September).
  • Great walks
  • Join a walk around Windsor and Eton with one of Windsor’s Blue Badge Guides.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit Hampton Court Palace and take a roof tour for a bird’s eye view.
  • Sailing
  • Take a cruise down the Thames from Runnymede, Windsor or Maidenhead.
  • Tennis
  • Pet friendly
  • Dogs up to 15kgs are welcome with comfy beds, stylish bowls and gourmet treats
  • Restaurant
  • Choose between the Estate Grill or Michelin starred Tudor Room
  • Romantic
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Full of character
  • Quiet
  • Gourmet
  • Secluded setting
  • Views
  • Luxury
  • Traditional
  • Disabled access
  • Child friendly
  • Historic

Facilities

  • Pet friendly
  • Dogs up to 15kgs are welcome with comfy beds, stylish bowls and gourmet treats
  • Restaurant
  • Choose between the Estate Grill or Michelin starred Tudor Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor heated pool, which is open May to October
  • Bar
  • Airport transfer
  • Parking
  • Meeting Room
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Views
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Room service
  • Sitting Room
  • Child friendly
  • Garden

Activities

  • Other Activities
  • Watch polo, “the sport of kings,” at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park (April to September).
  • Great walks
  • Join a walk around Windsor and Eton with one of Windsor’s Blue Badge Guides.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit Hampton Court Palace and take a roof tour for a bird’s eye view.
  • Sailing
  • Take a cruise down the Thames from Runnymede, Windsor or Maidenhead.
  • Theatre
  • Take in a show at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
  • Tennis

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Great Fosters

Italian gilt furniture, exquisite Flemish tapestries, elaborate Jacobean fireplaces and a one-Michelin-starred restaurant are the crowning glories of this luxury country-house hotel - once a 16th-century royal hunting lodge - with its fanciful topiary sculptures in the Saxon-moated gardens.

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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