You don't need to jet off to a far-flung destination to enjoy a luxury private island experience... Did you know that in one of the UK's most exclusive villages there's a private island hotel nestled on the Thames? Monkey Island Estate in Bray is a luxurious hideaway – and it's now announced the opening of six elegant residences for an upscale staycation.
Just 40 minutes from London, these private countryside escapes are the ideal option for the first staycation to reunite with family and friends post-lockdown.
Endearingly named to reflect their individual nature, the residences blend classic style and the warmth of a period home with contemporary and luxury comfort, each with its own intriguing history and story to tell. While staying in the residences, you enjoy the freedom, space and privacy of time with family, whilst taking advantage of the luxury facilities of the hotel, just a stone’s throw away.
You can look forward to a fully stocked fridge on arrival along with pre-arranged food orders collected on your behalf in advance so you can rustle up simple suppers or gourmet meals as you please.
Of course, with three Michelin-starred restaurants in Bray, you're in gastronomic heaven, and can you can actually get delicious meals to be delivered to your doorstep, including a Sunday Roast by Jack Blumenthal: Heston’s son and trained by the best, Jack is donating 20% of profits towards the NHS.
The six new residences at Monkey Island Estate are elegant and chic while being a home away from home.
Long White Cloud is an embodiment of homely elegance, where Edward Elgar is known to have stayed and composed some of his greatest works. More recent residents include Formula One racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss. The magnificent 19th Century property has four large bedroom suites accompanied by an impressive kitchen and a charming garden, ideal for alfresco dining in the summer months.
Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, Long White Cloud also offers a private pool and jetty, ideal for those who may wish to arrive by boat.
Bray House is a bijou gem just steps away from Bray’s church, offering the ideal country bolthole for those looking to escape the city. The three-bedroom residence has undergone multiple transformations over the years from stable block to cobblers’ shop, antique centre and family home.
Dormer Cottage has charming standout features including wooden beams, a welcoming open fireplace and a dramatic silk-clad wall. The 500-year-old one-bedroom residence offers immediate access to the heart of Bray.
Brook House is a spacious spot with four large suites, a lavish living room and a large garden with private outdoor/indoor swimming pool perfect for hot summer afternoons.
Lavender House also sits in the heart of the village offering three bedrooms. With an impressive double fronted cottage façade believed to date back to the early 1700s.
Sundial Cottage with its secluded secret garden is quaint yet spacious, steeped in the same exciting history as Monkey Island itself. Sundial Cottage boasts three gorgeous bedrooms with a kitchen-diner and cosy living room. Those staying in Sundial Cottage will share the same four walls as the famed Sylvia Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds.
When you can pull yourself away from the fluffy white pillows and idyllic surroundings, you can take a stroll around the estate’s seven acres with beautiful country garden and river views.
You can discover the herb garden, experimental teahouse, two beehives and even meet the estate’s resident hens, named after iconic female figures that have visited in years gone by. After working up an appetite, head to the island’s renowned Monkey Brasserie and Bar. Enjoying cocktails or afternoon tea in the shade of the beautiful gardens or Shepherd’s Hideaway as well as exquisite fine dining.
The surrounding countryside has a multitude of walks to enjoy post-lunch, from picturesque Bray to the famous Dorney Lake and Bray Nature Reserve. Idyllic boat trips and electric bikes are also available to hire, ideal for a sunny day out exploring – just pack a picnic.
Monkey Island dates back 800 years, and has been the haunt of monks, monarchs, aristocrats and writers alike. Surrounded by elegant gardens, Monkey Island is accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter, offering a secluded country venue, that's still close to London. The addition of the Private Residences offers offers the opportunity to explore the historic landmark and the delightful village of Bray in true comfort, style and privacy. We're packing already...
Nightly rates are from the following prices and are subject to length of stay and a minimum three-night stay is required at all residences over summer weekends: Sundial Cottage from £1,250; Brook House from £1,500; Long White Cloud from £1,400; Bray House from £1,250; Dormer Cottage from £400 and Lavender House from £1,000. Monkey Island Estate Residences are available to book now, but the hotel’s opening date is to be confirmed. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 207 657 8200 www.monkeyislandestate.co.uk