Ones to watch: The best new boutique hotel openings in 2019

Monkey Island Hotel on a tiny island on the Thames in Bray

To help you keep your finger on the pulse in 2019, we bring you an exclusive insight into the new openings, rebrands and renovations and business expansions that looks set to hit the headlines over the next 12 months.

The Pig at Bridge Place

Location: Nailbourne Valley, Kent

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Launch date: May

Owned by: Home Grown Hotels

The newest Piggy in the litter will open its doors in May 2019.

Formerly Bridge Place Country Club, The Pig at Bridge Place has been undergoing a substantial refurbishment since being acquired by Home Grown Hotels, the parent company to the hugely-successful Pig brand of boutiques.

The 17th century manor house, located in Nailbourne Valley three miles south of Canterbury, will be the sixth addition to the portfolio and will be home to a total of 28 bedrooms, with period features such as large fireplaces, secret stairways and panelled rooms being retained.

With its welcoming red brick façade and ornate Jacobean interior, Bridge Place is an intriguing old building with a rock-n-roll vibe, having hosted over the past four decades some renowned parties and gigs including Led Zeppelin and the like.  

Seven bedrooms will be housed in the main building, with 12 further bedroom accommodated in a coach house, while seven hop pickers’ huts will be created from reclaimed materials and will sit within the grounds.

Each hut houses a double bedroom with cosy bathroom and wood-burning stove. 

A newly-restored gate lodge offers two further bedrooms.

The Coach House will contain a greenhouse restaurant with open kitchen, with two treatment rooms situated next to that the Old Stables.

Also located here will be one upstairs-downstairs rustic bedroom with private terrace and quadruple aspect overlooking the kitchen garden and water meadows.

The renovations will be overseen by acclaimed designer Judy Hutson, whose signature style has given The Pig its brand of effortless, laid-back chic. 

The Pig-at Bridge Place will open in May 2019; The Pig-at Harlyn Bay will open in winter 2019 and The Pig-on the South Downs will open in spring 2020.

Vintry & Mercer

Location: London

Launch date: February

A new London hotel will open in February next year, in Garlick Hill overlooking London’s Southbank.

Vintry & Mercer will be a new 92-bedroom hotel home to three F&B destinations, a gym and three private event rooms.

The property will become the second site operated by the owners of South Kensington’s The Ampersand Hotel and will also become part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio.

There will be five room categories, ranging from doubles to suites with glass-panelled balconies that overlook London’s Southbank skyline.

The hotel will be ‘inspired by the historic past of its site’, where vintners traded fine wines and mercers traded fine silks.

Three F&B experiences include the ground floor Vintry Kitchen, where modern Asian small plates are served; Mercer roof terrace or underground bar, DND (Do Not Disturb).

The Vineyard Hotel

Location: Dorking

Launch date: Spring

Owned by: Denbies wine estate

Cost of project: £4m

A £4m investment at a wine estate in Dorking Surrey will see the creation of what is said will be the UK’s first vineyard hotel in the UK.

The development at Denbie’s wine estate, England’s largest single estate vineyard, will see the transformation of its Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast into the new hotel due to open in spring 2019.

HSBC UK has provided a funding package totalling £1.m, which includes finance for the build of the 17-bedroom hotel, which will be located in the middle of the Denbies’ vineyard and also offer a new bar and Orangery Restaurant.

The Vineyard Hotel will have subtle references to its location in the heart of the Surrey Hills wine country. 

Guests will be able to taste the complete range of Denbies wines from the Enomatic wine dispensing machine, linked to the room key cards. 

Natural bark walls will line the reception entrance, opening into the wrought iron vine gates leading through into the Orangery with views over the vineyard.

Bespoke barrel crafted furniture will contribute to the origins of the working winery. 

Denbies COO Jeannette Simpson commented: “We have a wonderful site here at Denbies which attracts around 350,000 visitors each year. We have been at the forefront of wine tourism in England since the estate opened and our new hotel, due to open in spring 2019, will be a great addition to our existing hospitality offering.”   

The Langley

Location: Buckinghamshire

Launch date: February

Length of project: Five years

Owned by: Arab Investments

Cost of project: Multi million pound

A new luxury boutique hotel is to open at the Duke of Marlborough’s former country estate in Buckinghamshire next year.

The Langley will open in February 2019 and will be the sister hotel to London’s The Wellesley owned and managed by City and Country Hotels Ltd.

Located in the Langley Park estate, the hotel will be home to 41 bedrooms and a 25,000 sq ft spa set within 500 acres. Comprised of two buildings, a historic mansion that was once the lived in by the Duke of Marlborough and a Grade-II listed 18th century building that was formerly used as a stables and brew house.

The new hotel will be managed by David Harris, who was previously operations manager at the Ashford International Hotel.

The Langley is being designed by Dennis Irvine Studio, who also created the concept for The Wellesley and the two Wellesley yachts and once open will mark the end the four-year multi-million pound restoration project.

The Langley will also join The Luxury Collection of Hotels and Resorts from Marriott, and become the fourth property in the UK to join the portfolio, operating alongside The Wellesley, The Park Tower Knightsbridge and The Westbury in London.

The hotel’s Grade-II listed gardens were redesigned in the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, while inside The Langley, many of the building’s original features have been restored, including imposing doorways and Baroque fireplaces.

Opposite the entrance of the main hotel, guests will find The Brewhouse – a Grade ll-listed out-building that will house a number of bedrooms where the former owners concocted their own local brew using old-fashioned methods.

The 25,000 sq ft spa will offer eight treatment rooms, a VIP suite with dip pools, as well as a women’s only thermal area. The gym has been created in partnership with fitness guru Matt Roberts and also includes a Cryotherapy.

The Langley will also be home to a collection of dining experiences, including an intimate bar and a signature restaurant. Afternoon tea will be served in the hotel’s drawing room and back courtyard.

The property’s original Winter Garden has also been refurbished and reconfigured.

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Monkey Island Estate

Location: Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire

Launch date: February 14

Length of project upon completion: 18 months

Owned by: YTL Hotels

YTL Hotels’ newest UK property Monkey Island Estate is aiming to open its doors before the end of February.

The new 38-bedroom boutique hotel set across seven acres in Bray-on-Thames, which has a colourful history dating back 800 years, was acquired by YTL Corporation in May 2015 and has been given a completely new look by New York-based renowned Champalimaud Design.

The furnishings of Monkey Island will juxtapose glamour and traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside style, creating a blend of past and present.

The modern Monkey Island Brasserie will serve modern British cuisine, led by executive chef William Hemming.

The Estate has been undergoing a transformation since June 2017 and alongside the 38 bedrooms and three deluxe suites, will be home to a brasserie, a luxury spa, plus a monkey lounge with a secret staircase leading up to a whiskey snug.

Lee Kelly, former F&B director at The Savoy joined the property at the end of last year as general manager and told BH that the property will aim to target a range of clientele, with leisure driving the weekend business, and corporate guests being the focus mid-week.

He also said the hotel is looking to work with activities companies, as well as looking at ideas such as shepherd huts.

YTL Hotels also owns other UK properties such as 2017 AA Hotel of the Year Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Glasshouse in Edinburgh and The Threadneedles Hotel in London.


Location: Leith

Launch date: January

Owned by: Royal Yacht Britannia Trust

Cost of project: £5m

Royal Yacht Britannia Trust has secured funding support from Santander for its £5m transformation of the former lighthouse ship, Fingal, into a luxury floating boutique hotel and events venue.

Fingal will be transformed by Royal Yacht Britannia’s trading company, Royal Yacht Enterprises into a 23-bedroom luxury hotel.

The new hospitality offering will be permanently berthed in Edinburgh’s waterfront spot of Leith and will comprise 23 cabins, each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by its maritime heritage.

Guests can choose from a cabin with private deck, a duplex cabin with living space of the Skerryvore Suite with outdoor space.

The Edinburgh-based registered charity, behind one of the UK’s most successful tourist attractions, has gained financial support from Santander Corporate & Commercial for the development, which will cost a total of £5m to carry out.

Bob Downie, chief executive, The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, said: “Developing our own hotel has been a long-held ambition, providing organic growth and, whilst generating an income stream that is not reliant on visitors to Britannia, having our own accommodation on Fingal is also expected to help increase the number of evening events we hold on The Royal Yacht. We are delighted to be working with Santander Corporate & Commercial who have been very supportive since day one.”

The Dixon

Location: London

Launch date: January

Operated by: Dominvs Hospitality

The Old Tower Bridge magistrates court and police station in London, which was designed in 1905 by John Dixon Butler, is being transformed into a new boutique hotel.

Opening in January in Tower Bridge, The Dixon will join Dominvs Hospitality Group and be operated as part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection of hotels.

The hotel marks part of Dominvs’ plan to drive the boutique hotel sector forward and will be located in a prime position close to The Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the new Bridge Theatre.

The building is undergoing an extensive refurbishment, undertaken by contractors McAleer & Rushe. The company has previously worked with Dominvs on the design and construction of two hotels at Aberdeen Airport, as well as a property in Manchester.

The Dixon will be home to 193 bedrooms, nine suites, plus a Courthouse café, with interior design headed up by twenty2degrees.

Design details include simple brickwork, large windows and modern furniture from British designers alongside more classic pieces and curated artworks from local artists.

Jay Ahluwalia, on behalf of Dominvs Group said: “Travellers no longer want just a comfortable night’s stay, they want to be immersed in the local community. The Dixon will offer a unique take on the boutique hotel experience offering guests a neighbourhood feel in the heart of the capital.”

Belmond Cadogan

Location: London

Launch date: 2019

Owned by: Cadogan Estates

Operator: Belmond

Cost of project: £36.6m

Belmond Cadogan Hotel, situated on Sloane Street, will open next year, bringing to fruition a four-year, £36.6m renovation project.

The Queen Anne Revival property, dating from 1887, has been transformed into a 54-bedroom property, reducing the room number from 64, two-thirds of which will be suites and some featuring original fireplaces.

Each guest will have access to a entrance from 21 Pont Street, and Belmond Cadogan Hotel also faces a private garden where guests can have a picnic or play tennis.

The property also offers a 24-hour fitness suite, spa suite with a range of treatments, and library.

Executive chef Adam Handling will oversee the kitchen and will showcase ‘contemporary British cuisine honouring tradition and local provenance’.

The main restaurant will feature an open kitchen, and the Bar and Terrace can be accessed directly from Pont Street, featuring drinks and lighter bites. The Tea Lounge will offer Handling’s specially crafted tea service.

The hotel’s iconic connections including explorer and scientist Sir Hans Sloane and writer Oscar Wilde and actress Lillie Langtry.Belmond Cadogan Hotel is the brand’s first and only hotel in London, to be operated alongside the brand’s existing UK portfolio including Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.

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