Great Fosters, Egham


Cultural Landscape

 

Great Fosters is a rare experience – a luxury hotel that combines genuine historical acclaim with a gracious setting, modern amenities and distinguished service.

Set in the heart of the Windsor Forest and originally reputed to be a royal hunting lodge, parts of which date back to the late 16th century, Great Fosters has a long and celebrated history.

Framed on three sides by a Saxon moat, the formal gardens of Great Fosters are both extensive and exceptional. The gardens at Great Fosters were originally designed by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins and are among the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe. Designed to reflect the intricate beauty of a Persian rug, the knot garden is embellished with fragrant beds of flowers and herbs bordered by manicured hedges and topiary. At the heart of it all is the Drake sundial, which belongs to the immediate family of Sir Francis Drake and is believed to date back to 1585. Rising beyond the gardens, the majestic tiered steps of an amphitheatre have been carved into the hillside.

Wander further in this magnificent fifty-acre estate and you’ll discover a vast lake, a grand lawn leading to an avenue of lime trees, and an enchanting Wisteria-draped Japanese bridge leading to a sunken rose garden and tranquil lily pond.

Great Fosters has become a celebrated pilgrimage for horticultural enthusiasts from across the world. It is however open to clients or by prior arrangement only. It also promises the most romantic setting for a wedding, and is an idyllic place for visitors to relax in privacy.