Photos courtesy of Great Fosters
43, including 11 period rooms and 20 in a separate conference center
Double rooms: £235–315
Historic bedrooms: from £550–600
Double rooms: £235
Double rooms: £180–235
Rates include VAT, Wi-Fi, and parking
Last-minutes specials available
Open: all year
Egham is 7 miles southwest of Heathrow Airport outside of London. By train, it takes 35 minutes from Waterloo Station. In Egham, signposts lead to the hotel.
On site: seasonal swimming
Nearby: golf; horseback riding; boating; polo; Runnymede; Windsor; Hampton Court Palace
Yes. Civil ceremonies and receptions. Inquire hotel for details.
Much historic atmosphere is maintained in this wonderful Elizabethan manor house. As you enter the main doorway, look up to see the arms and initials of Queen Elizabeth I, dated 1598. The inner door has a wicket through which only one person at a time can enter.
Stepping into the front hall, with its 17th-century pilastered paneling, you feel you’ve entered into another era. To one side, a Jacobean carved wooden chimney piece dates from 1620. A large mullioned window looks out onto formal gardens.
Guest rooms are decorated in character with the house. Several special ones are lavishly furnished with antiques and tapestries:
The Tapestry Suite features a fine chimney and a stone mantelpiece carved with the story of Adam and Eve.
In the Nursery Suite the remains of a secret staircase can be seen through a trapdoor in a cupboard. A story relates that Charlie Chaplin made use of it to watch his children at night. The Panel II and Queen Anne suites contain four-poster beds and both walnut doors and window boards made from an ancient tree that once stood in front of the house. The Italian Suite has ornate quattrocento doors, gilt furniture, and walls covered in damask.
Across the grounds, the “Cloisters” holds a number of contemporary suites and double rooms. The “Coach House” offers simple double and single rooms.
Fine dining may be found in the Oak Room, so named because of its exposed oak beams. Cuisine is modern English.
Classified as a Grade I Historic Monument
The Tithe Barn (now used for private functions) is older than the house itself. It once held the produce collected from the parish as a tax to support the church.