A home away from home…
Tucked away in the small village of Bray sits various cottages that accommodates from 2 to 6 people; a perfect stay for a couple, small family or a group of friends.
The Limelight girls had the pleasure of staying in Lavender House; a cottage with a contemporary twist (a mix of modern and tradition) complete with three bedrooms, a cinema room, a study decorated with Penguin book wallpaper and a large conversatory.
Throughout the house there was attention to detail with small bunnies in two of the bedrooms and hints of purple around the house.
Upon arrival we found the fridge stocked with some of our favourite food for breakfast the following morning along with drinks; each stay can be tailored and enjoyed upon request for Limelight visitors.
In the summer Lavender House is the perfect place for a BBQ with friends or family as the cottage is complete with foldaway doors leading through to a large garden and its own pizza oven.
Limelight loved that each cottage captures their own character of luxury and charm with something for everyone!
Best for couples: Dormer Cottage
A one bedroom cottage complete with a walk-in dressing room, small garden with decked seating area and fully equipped kitchen. The cottage has a spacious living room with exposed wood beams and an open log fire; to complete the residence the cottage is complete with a Bang & Olufsen television and music system. This cosy cottage is perfect for any couple looking for a quiet getaway.
Best for a small family: Tiggers Cottage
Sleeping up to 4 guests, Tiggers is a great place for small families looking to escape for a relaxing weekend complete with a log fire and courtyard garden. The master bedroom is decorated in cream and turqoise and comes complete with its own en suite shower room. Whilst the second bedroom, with its purple silk drapes, is smaller but benefits from an adjoining bathroom. This is also the cottage where Heston Blumenthal has stayed and was filmed cooking for a TV appearance.
Best for friends: Bray House
Bray House has a spacious living room, a cosy 1920s styled lounge with its fireplace and statement bar (an original sailor’s mess rescued from a ship) complete with a designer chaise lounge and crystal decanters containing sherry, port and whisky for their guests. The house is complete with a secluded courtyard garden & pond, an antique gramophone and wireless speakers (that’s just downstairs). The three spacious suites upstairs contain queen-size four poster beds and en-suite bathrooms complete and special features in each such as a rain shower with mood lighting and a private terrace overlooking the gardens in another.
If you don’t fancy dining in during your stay, there are plenty of local bars and restaurants, which are a short stroll away from each of the cottages:
Hinds Head – opposite Lavender House – very homely and recently awarded 1 Michelin star
Fat Duck – currently closed for renovation until late 2015 but this is where the owner and chef Heston Blumenthal reveals his fascination with how the brain influences our appreciation of food
Waterside Inn – opposite to Clematis Cottage – founded by the brothers Michel and Albert Roux, following the success of Le Gavroche in Mayfair
The Crown at Bray – a pub also owned by Heston Blumenthal
Italian Restaurant Caldesi
Riverside Brasserie – English cuisine
For activities within the area or a bit further afield, speak to your Limelight Escapes Travel Agent for more suggestions and don’t forget Limelight Driven is always on hand for your next stay at Bray!