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Monkey Island Estate

Monkey Island Lane, Bray on Thames SL6 2EE England
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Monkey Island Estate lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Berkshire. The island has a rich history centuries old, and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals and now is home to one of the finest hotels in Bray. The two grade I listed heritage pavilions which form the property were originally commissioned as a fishing retreat in 1723 by the third Duke of Marlborough. These have been completely restored and renovated, with beautifully landscaped gardens and picturesque views of the River Thames. Set across seven acres, Monkey Island Estate features 27 exquisite guestrooms and three sumptuous suites, designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design. The furnishings juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, countryside style, creating a unique blend of past and present.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Breakfast available
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
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Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Danielle Higgins wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
THE MOST calming and soothing massages I’ve ever had the pleasure of receiving. Sophie is a beautiful soul, has amazing spirit, AND she’s sooooooo good at what she does. In times like now she manages to settle my anxiety, keep me centred, lifts my mood and rid all the tension I carry around in my body. She really is amazing in every sense. The massages themselves are given on a wide narrow boat docked beside the hotel. It’s such a stunning setting. I literally never want to leave and I would pay double the price any day.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Roland L wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, France135 contributions51 helpful votes
We stayed at the hotel fo a weekend fo work as a small group. We had all meals at the Brasserie. The food was good and the staff attentive. The variety of food ok, but when you have 4 meals there , the choice is a bit limited, especially if some of the dishes where not available. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, however on the small side. We stayed in the main hotel, and had all of us those pretty small rooms . For the price you would expect something bigger .
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
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Karen D wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom65 contributions50 helpful votes
This was my Christmas present so having abandoned our two teenagers we were very excited to get away. Check in was good - efficient- really pleased that our room was upgraded but we are in the middle of a pandemic. My only gripe was that they wanted to charge £50 to my husbands card - “just in case”. Not used to this approach. Now this place sells itself as a cut above so they set This was my Christmas present! This place markets itself as being a cut above the rest so they set the bar high. On arrival my husbands credit card was charged £50 “ just in case” - bit odd. Our room was lovely apart from the fact that there was only a foot between the end corner of the wooden bed and the dressing table. I bashed my shins repeatedly trying to squeeze past. As you would expect it’s spotlessly clean and the bed had crisp white sheets. The decor is lovely. There is a complimentary mini bar but it did look as if someone had been there before us as we were unable to both have the same drink (only one appletise, one sparkling water etc) We stayed for dinner which was pricey at £28 for a main. It was fine but nothing was very hot. We also felt pressured into buying a bottle of water as soon as we sat down. We had wine so would have been quite happy with tap water. Slept well- it’s quiet and luxurious. Breakfast was grim. Service was awful and I eventually had to go to the bar to order an orange juice. We were not offered any toast or anything else. Waited over half an hour for bubble and squeak which was literally swimming in grease and had greasy back bacon instead of streaky (they didn’t seem to think that the fact that this was different from the menu was an issue) They did offer to get me another breakfast but by this time we had been there ages- we were both starving and wanted to eat and get in with our day. I declined but wondered why there was no top up of my one cup of coffee, no toast, no croissant - BREAKFAST IS £30! The staff did say they would not have charged us for breakfast but couldn’t do this as we had booked with secret escapes. We were offered afternoon tea but had to get home to Kent. I couldn’t understand why the fact that we had booked bed and breakfast through secret escapes meant that we could not be offered anything back for the missed breakfast? We left to have a coffee in the lounge only to find that there was a business meeting in there which the staff did not know about. There was a group with laptops that had taken over the whole room and challenged us when we tried to get in. In essence - it was lovely to get away and I felt so sorry for my husband as he had tried so hard. It just wasn’t worth the money - staff were lovely and it has soo much potential.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
R-Thor99 wrote a review Mar 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom6 contributions
Had a wonderful 2 night stay is beautiful hotel. I was amazed by the lovely staff, the beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere. The staff were very helpful which made the stay perfect. I will be returning as this place is a gem.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Claire T wrote a review Mar 2020
Surbiton, United Kingdom35 contributions24 helpful votes
Visited with a friend to have Brunch in the Brasserie, great view, relaxed environment. I ordered a Chicken pie and when it arrived it was cold in the middle! I sent it back and then when they didn't have a replacement I ordered the Fish & Chips. It was excellent and very tasty. The staff were lovely and they offered us complimentry drinks as an apology for the pie. I would recommend this place and I didn't thoroughly enjoy my visit.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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$152 - $312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomEnglandBerkshireBray on Thames
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monkey Island Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Monkey Island Estate?
Nearby attractions include Windsor Castle (3.7 miles), BCA Zoo (5.0 miles), and St. George's Chapel (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Monkey Island Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Monkey Island Estate?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Monkey Island Estate?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Monkey Island Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Monkey Island Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Antalya Restaurant Windsor, Meimo, and Gurkha Royale Restaurant & Bar.
Does Monkey Island Estate have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Monkey Island Estate offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Monkey Island Estate located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Bray on Thames.
Are any cleaning services offered at Monkey Island Estate?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Monkey Island Estate?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Monkey Island Estate offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.