this Berkshire haven offers decadence

The Temple Rooms, Monkey Island Estate (Monkey Island Estate)

The serenity, seclusion and elegance of the Monkey Island Estate feels a thousand miles from the bustle of London; but now linked by the Elizabeth Line, in less than an hour, it’s the ultimate weekend getaway.

Located on a picturesque island in the River Thames, the hotel is welcoming, welcoming and boasts impeccable service. Stepping inside its two Grade I listed pavilions steeped in history and old-time glamor is like stepping back to the glory days of British hospitality.

Surrounded by nature and complete with a floating spa, bar and excellent brasserie, Monkey Island has everything you could need for a rejuvenating trip out of the city.

Monkey Island Estate is located on the Thames, Bray (Monkey Island Estate)

Monkey Island Estate is located on the Thames, Bray (Monkey Island Estate)


Monkey Island Estate sits on a private island downriver from the historic village of Bray, Berkshire. A hotspot for culinary excellence, Bray boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants, two run by Heston Blumenthal and the third by the Roux brothers. The charming village is a foodie’s delight as well as a place of spectacular beauty, just 53 minutes from central London. Now connected by TfL’s Elizabeth Line to Maidenhead, travel couldn’t be easier, with regular fast trains taking you from Liverpool Street to the idyllic countryside in under an hour.

Ornate Renaissance ceiling of the Monkey Room (Monkey Island Estate)

Ornate Renaissance ceiling of the Monkey Room (Monkey Island Estate)


Built as a fishing retreat in 1723 for the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, the Monkey Island Estate sits on a strip of land surrounded by untouched nature. From the rooms, restaurant and spa, one can enjoy unobstructed views of the thriving wildlife of the river and the estate’s seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

Housed in two delicately renovated Grade I listed pavilions, Monkey Island Estate oozes timeless country glamor whilst offering all the modern comforts and amenities you could need. Great care has been taken here to maintain as many original features as possible, transporting guests back in time with fantastic decadence.

The Grade I listed Wedgewood Suite (Monkey Island Estate)

The Grade I listed Wedgewood Suite (Monkey Island Estate)

What room?

Monkey Island Estate has 40 exquisite rooms, each with a unique finish and a stunning view of the Thames. For the ultimate in opulence, choose the Grade 1 listed Wedgewood Suite, comprising a large wood-panelled master bedroom, separate sitting room, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom complete with a roll top bath.

From your bed, gaze at an impressive corniced ceiling, while from every other direction enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the river and gardens that flood the suite with light. The attention to detail in this room is magnificent, with extreme care taken to preserve its immense history, while offering premium fittings and features to ensure the most comfortable and luxurious stay.

Monkey Island Brewery (Monkey Island Estate)

Monkey Island Brewery (Monkey Island Estate)

food and drink

Surrounded by Michelin-starred neighbours, the food and drink at Monkey Island Estate has a high bar to achieve. In the main brasserie, Executive Chef Justin Gabriel-Brown rises to the occasion with a selection of unique classic British dishes. Whether in the elegant yet cozy dining room, or on the terrace, diners can enjoy a hearty three-course meal brimming with regional produce, while looking out over the river.

At the Monkey Bar, guests can enjoy a fantastic range of local wines and even the hotel’s own Monkey IPA.

Afternoon tea is also served throughout the day in the restaurant, or for an extra special treat in The Monkey Room, famous for its impressive Renaissance ceiling. Seated by a fireplace, surrounded by art and history, enjoy a delicious selection of sweet and savory treats that rival any top hotel, including a very impressive variety to suit all dietary requirements.

The Floating Spa, Monkey Island Estate (Monkey Island Estate)

The Floating Spa, Monkey Island Estate (Monkey Island Estate)


Situated in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy at Monkey Island Estate. From country walks to private boat trips direct from the hotel’s jetty, knowledgeable staff can organize and advise on a wide variety of trips.

If you want to be closer to home, book a relaxing treatment at the floating spa. Situated on a narrow boat docked alongside the island, the spa offers the ultimate in serenity and tranquility. To really take advantage of the unique setting, opt for the floating massage, delivered on a heated water bed to the natural sounds of the river.

Given the unusually high density of Michelin stars in the area, it’s also fitting that the estate runs private cookery workshops to bring some of the culinary skills back home. Available for small to medium groups, guests are guided through the creation of three courses, before enjoying a full three-course meal in the restaurant.

Better for…

A weekend getaway from the city. Ideal for those looking to treat themselves, Monkey Island Estate offers decadence on all fronts. From its spectacular interiors to scenic natural beauty, proximity to culinary delights and impeccable service – if you need a bit of peace, surrounded by nature, but still enjoying every conceivable luxury, this is a convenient getaway you won’t forget. .


Rates per night in Monkey Island Farm starting at £275, per room, per night in a temple room

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