FINE LIV­ING AND DIN­ING ONTHE RIVER­SIDE

A new lux­ury de­vel­op­ment with an open-all-day bar and restau­rant run by Michel and Alain Roux... tempted?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEW HOMES -

Just a ten-minute drive from Bourne End through the pic­turesque vil­lage of Cookham, an am­bi­tious de­vel­op­ment of lux­ury new and re­fur­bished homes and apart­ments called Taplow River­side might res­onate with any­one who re­mem­bers the in­fa­mous Skin­dles Ho­tel in its 1970s and 80s hey­day. The for­mer 18th-cen­tury coach­ing inn was taken over in 1978 by night­club im­pre­sario Louis Brown. He spent £1.5 mil­lion on a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and re-estab­lished it as a night- club and disco called Stu­dio Val­bonne (an al­lu­sion to his Soho club on Kingly Street, La Val­bonne), at which guests in­cluded Princess Mar­garet, Rus­sell Harty, Michael Parkin­son, Jim David­son and Diana Dors.

The night­club ac­com­mo­dated up to 700 peo­ple and boasted two bars, a restau­rant area seat­ing 70 and two in­door swim­ming pools. Groups in­clud­ing Thin Lizzy, The Buz­zcocks, AC/DC, Ju­das Pri­est and The Stran­glers played there.

The iconic Skin­dles ho­tel site and the stretch of the Thames to the old St Regis Pa­per Mill has un­der­gone a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion with the de­vel­op­ment of 139 new and re­fur­bished prop­er­ties by Berke­ley Homes, rang­ing from lux­ury vil­las with their own moor­ings to apart­ments and pent­houses.

Af­ter ly­ing empty for a num­ber of years, Berke­ley was un­able to re­store the old ho­tel due to its dis­re­pair, but it has been re­placed with a beau­ti­ful new restau­rant to be run by Michel and Alain Roux, called Roux at Skin­dles, in homage to the his­toric ho­tel.

The new restau­rant, due to open on Novem­ber 6, has a ground floor din­ing room open­ing onto the river­side ter­race with pri­vate moor­ing and a club-style lounge bar with bal­cony on the up­per floor, is to open on Novem­ber 6.

For those seek­ing a lux­ury life­style just a stroll away from the all-day bar and restau­rant, an ex­quis­ite re­fur­bished home is the lat­est to have

been listed for sale at the de­vel­op­ment.

The prop­erty has four re­cep­tion rooms, four dou­ble bed­rooms and a west-fac­ing gar­den that sweeps down to the banks of the River Thames with a pri­vate moor­ing.

There’s a hand­crafted Charles Yorke kitchen fea­tur­ing break­fast bar and in­te­grated Siemens ap­pli­ances, a mas­ter bed­room fea­tur­ing wet room with walk-in shower, dress­ing area and fit­ted wardrobes and a draw­ing room with bal­cony and views of the Thames.

The guide price is £1,995,000. Con­tact Berke­ley Homes on 01753 307178.

Main pic­ture: The new Roux at Skin­dles restau­rant over three floors next to Maiden­head bridge, with wa­ter­front vil­las along the stretch of river. Clock­wise from left: The de­vel­op­ment of 139 homes fea­tures fam­ily homes as well as apart­ments and pent­houses, all with lux­u­ri­ously fin­ished in­te­ri­ors. Prices from £550,000.

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