The History of Great Fosters
Follow in the footsteps of generations of British nobles as you climb the 17th century oak staircase to the Tower. Relax in a magnificent suite formerly graced by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles or wander across landscaped gardens where swans drift on a Saxon moat.
Great Fosters has a long and celebrated history. Among a host of distinguished owners, Great Fosters lists Judge Doderidge who was Solicitor General to King James I, and Sir Robert Foster who took up residence in 1639. Sir Robert was eventually made Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench and Common Pleas by King Charles II and at his death in 1663, left the house to his son, Sir Thomas Foster, also a High Court Judge. Great Fosters remained in the family following his death in 1685 when it passed to his daughters. In 1715, Sir Charles Orby resided here, and it was not until 1787 that one of Sir Thomas’ great grandsons sold the property to a Mr Wyatt for £700.
Early in the 20th century, Great Fosters reinforced its regal connections when it became the property of Queen Alexandra’s lady in waiting, the Baroness Halkett. From the Halkett family, it passed to the Earl of Dudley and thence to the Honourable Gerald Montagu before finally becoming the property of the Sutcliffe family in 1930.
After almost 90 years of ownership the hotel was acquired by Alexander Hotels, co-owned by Peter and his wife Deborah Hinchcliffe in 2018. Their now five-strong portfolio also includes two hotels in Surrey: the four-red-AA-star, 22-bedroom Langshott Manor and four-AA-star, 44-bedroom Barnett Hill. as well as the five-AA-star, 58-bedroom Alexander House in West Sussex, and the four-AA-star, 38-bedroom Rowhill Grange hotel in Kent.
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