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?
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.