Great Fosters is a stunning example of Elizabethan architecture set amongst beautiful formal gardens and parkland which includes a circular sunken rose garden, wisteria-clad bridge over a Saxon moat, a lake and outdoor heated swimming pool.
It sounds luxurious, and it is! But Great Fosters has an unpretentious and relaxed vibe that’s friendly and fun.
If you’re into historic interiors, you’ll love it – they’re laden with detail – from the dark oak panelled walls, to the elaborate Jacobean fireplaces and intricate moulded ceilings. It avoids being overbearing and staid thanks to more trendy touches like bright velvet sofas and chairs, chrome light fittings and bold contemporary art.
Foodies, pay attention now! There are two restaurants – the Michelin-starred Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room and the The Estate Grill – and there’s also separate bar (with a dandy cocktail list), and lounges for afternoon tea, plus private dining rooms (great for families or groups).
The Estate Grill is a contemporary restaurant offering up locally sourced food, but for special occasions it’s got to be The Tudor Room – a more sophisticated and intimate dining experience offering a series of tasting menus designed by head chef Tony Parkin.
The hotel has a rich history with strong royal connections and famous visitors. Throughout its 400-year history guests have included Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth, and later Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin.
Great Fosters is popular for weddings, meetings and events, as well as family stays, romantic breaks and girly getaways. There are two treatment rooms and a lovely range of pampering treatments on offer.
Location-wise, it’s ideal – just minutes from the M3 and M25, and conveniently close to both Heathrow airport and London.