Monkey Island Hotel, Berkshire

Plants that make a statement

Designer Bradley Burgess has reinvented the gardens of the Monkey Island Estate in Bray, creating a romantic and sensory experience for the hotel’s guests, from a near blank canvas. Read More

Monkey Island Estate Hotel, owned by luxury hotel group YTL, lies on a picturesque 7 acre island in the River Thames in the historic village of Bray and has a fascinating 800 year old history, having been the haunt of Monks, Royalty, Aristocrats and a host of famous writers and performers.

YTL enlisted the Bradley Burgess Garden Design team to create a romantic and sensory experience for its guests and visitors. The neglected estate provided a relatively blank canvas for the garden design team to create a fresh, contemporary soft landscaping design which would entice guests throughout the seasons and being an island, needed to look good from every angle.

The Bradley Burgess Garden Design team created a dramatic outdoor space to complement the luxurious interiors of the hotel, whilst challenging some well-established garden rules by incorporating 6 different planting styles. These winning combinations provide interesting and harmonious patterns across the Estate. The gardens infuse traditional herbaceous, prairie and architectural block planting borders, creating a sense of place, carving out views and vistas which encompass the key ingredients to our style of Garden Design. With an unusual existing layout of hard-landscaping and lighting, the focus was therefore to design and implement the soft landscaping.

Bradley Burgess Design were delighted to be featured in many press articles including The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The English Garden and many more. Read more in our Press Section