June 21, 2004
Great Fosters

A pint of Australian beer perhaps? No - a remarkable English country hotel - with the most exquisite gardens - and a rich and Royal history dating back to the sixteenth century.

Statuettes in the gardens at Great Fosters

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You’d have probably guessed that I’ve been absent from here for a few days. I’ve been exceptionally busy with work lately - and one thing that I had to do earlier this week was to attend a one-day business conference at this delightfully-quaint country hotel called Great Fosters. This place just oozes traditional British cuteness.

A view of this historic house from the front.
(Notice the flag of St.George flying: England football team are playing tonight!)

It’s located in the county of Surrey - near a small town called Egham - which itself is dominated by hi-tech European HQ’s of Silicon Valley companies. It’s actually not too far from Windsor - and I can tell you - it’s well worth dropping by for a visit if you’re in the area: this place just has to be seen to be believed! Officially - it’s a place of significant historic interest - but the gardens and artefacts around the place are the best thing about it in my opinion.

An idyllic garden with a circular pond - stumbled upon as I took a walk around.

There is a traditional English “walled garden” - as well as a pond garden area, a river with ducks - and also fine grass lawns and hedges dotted with delightful little statuettes. On a nice sunny day - it’s hard to believe that a place like this exists so close to London!

A wooden bridge over a small river - only a few metres from the house.

There is a sundial around the side of the house - which according to the historical record - was gifted to the estate by Sir Francis Drake.

Sundial - apparently presented to the house by Sir Francis Drake.

Posted by jag at June 21, 2004 11:46 AM

Lovely place and great photos…

Posted by: Fi on June 23, 2004 10:20 PM

Thanks Fi - yes - the place is gorgeous.

Posted by: Jag on June 23, 2004 10:23 PM
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