Located on the Isle of Sheppey, Elmley is a 3,300 acre estate on an island in the Thames which recently caught the attention of Channel 4’s latest series exploring the UK’s ultimate staycations.
Featuring a beautiful 18th Century farmhouse, the retreat was opened to the public in the summer of 2019 following a stunning and extensive renovation. Offering guests an exclusive experience, luxury and opulent design are combined with all the loving comfort of a private home to provide a retreat steeped in laid back escapism.
Sleeping up to 14 guests in 6 suites, the Farmhouse has been styled to reflect the soaring landscapes and natural wonders that provide a backdrop of living art to this unique destination. Bold botanical prints adorn the walls, and rich fabrics inspired by the shifting aqua tones of the estuary and seasonal shades of the marshland bring the beauty of outdoor life indoors.
Celebrating sustainable design, a wealth of natural materials and traditional craftsmanship inspire a country-luxe artisan vibe. Featuring an eclectic mix of antique, bold pieces, rich fabrics and intriguing artwork the effect is a warm, inviting, luxurious interior inspired by the natural world.
However as with everything at Elmley Nature it is the idyllic soaring views framed by magnificent Georgian windows that are celebrated as the star of the show. With each room designed to reflect this magical relationship, nowhere is the deep connection with nature more evident than in the Master Suite.
“one of the most beautiful bedrooms I have ever seen… the bathtub is absolutely amazing!” – Sandi Toksvig
Featuring a unique handmade Copper Bath by the British Designers and Craftsmen of William Holland, the unique ‘living finish’ of this exquisite bath rests in perfect harmony with the shifting tones of the enigmatic marshes. Crafted from pure sustainably sourced copper, the stunning hue of the natural Verdigris evolves in tune with the environment to create a living work of art, deeply rooted in nature. Placed before the grand vistas of the reserve, guests can immerse themselves in pure luxury whilst bathed in the light of soul stirring skies.
The ground floor continues to delight providing everything guests could possible need for an authentic country-luxe escape. A decadent yet cosy drawing room provides space suited to glamorous pre-dinner cocktails, a library caters to relaxed afternoons filled with good books and games, whilst the snug presents the perfect location for late night whiskies around the fire.
Moving on to the outdoor living, beautiful gardens provide space to explore, relax in the sunshine beneath endless skies and alfresco dine before settling down to sunset drinks around the fire pit. All of this before guests even begin to explore the island.
Elmley Nature is the only nature reserve in England where guests are able to stay overnight. Under the care of one remarkable family, this national treasure has been nurtured and managed by Georgina and her husband Gareth Fulton to become a thriving hub of wildlife. Featuring the largest lowland collection of breeding waders, the site is a favourite haunt for conservationists, bird watchers and those searching for a little piece of wilderness away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
‘So many people think they have to go to Africa to see wildlife, but here is something extraordinary on their doorstep.’ – Georgina
Just an hour away from London, this private reserve is the perfect destination for special events. As well as the main holiday let farmhouse, Georgina and Gareth have turned an ancient barn into a sociable party space and installed a number of shepherd’s huts, popular with young London couples who want to experience the wild at close quarters. Available for individual room bookings, family get-togethers, weddings, celebrations and company retreats, the entire house is also available to group book for a luxurious escape with a difference.
Simply put, there is something here for everyone looking to relax in the luxury of this very special wilderness.
To find out more about this extraordinary UK escape visit: Elmley Nature Reserve