If you love nothing more than messing about on the river, a visit to Bray Marina is in order. Just a short drive from Junction 7 of the M4, it's on the outskirts of the picture-perfect village of Bray, replete with timbered Tudor buildings and a beautiful village green. The Marina itself is set alongside a park, which is a pleasure to visit at any time of year. There is good accommodation in the area, ranging from simple stopovers and cosy B&Bs to elegant guesthouses and impressive luxury hotels.
Hotels near Bray Marina
If boating's in your blood then Bray Marina is a great place from which to charter a day boat and cruise the Thames at your own pace. Bray is slightly further downstream, but there is a small jetty you can moor up at, before exploring this outstanding village. If you think you've heard of Bray before, it's possibly down to the fact that it acts as home to one of the world's most famous restaurants, The Fat Duck, owned by Heston Blumenthal. Blumenthal also owns the neighbouring Hind's Head pub, which serves delicious meals, daily. Booking a hotel near Bray Marina, such as the Coppid Beech Hotel, the Elizabeth House B&B and the Fines Bayliwick Hotel, puts all these possibilities virtually on your doorstep.
Rubbing Shoulders with the Rich and Famous
Bray Marina also happens to be close to a stretch of the River Thames known as 'Millionaire's Row'. Hiring a boat will take you past an array of beautiful houses belonging to celebrities such as Michael Parkinson - who can sometimes be seen out and about in his slipper-stern boat. If this gives you a taste for the high life, there are some stunning, luxury hotels close by, such as the Oakley Court Hotel, which is only about 10 minutes' drive from the marina. Oakley Court is a spectacular hotel set in landscaped grounds, and one of its many claims to fame is that its reception area acted as the interior to St Trinian's school in the 1950s movies.
The River Thames changes character with each season and is well worth a visit at any time of year. Booking a room in a hotel near Bray Marina gives you access to some of the most unique and beautiful sights in Berkshire.