Edward Elgar’s Bray escape on market

PUBLISHED: 12:07 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:07 15 September 2014

The Blue Plaque recording Elgar's association with Long White Cloud

The Blue Plaque recording Elgar's association with Long White Cloud


One of Bray’s most historic homes, visited by people whose names are now intrinsically linked to British culture and the arts, is to be sold.

The period Drawing RoomThe period Drawing Room

Long White Cloud was a regular gathering spot for musicians Edward Elgar and Gabriel Faure, war poet Siegfried Sassoon and George Bernard Shaw.

This beautiful family home actually started life known as The Hut. In 1893 it was owned by Miss Van de Weyer, a lady in waiting to Queen Victoria, and in the early 1900s music lover and patron of the arts Frank Schuster took possession.

He invited Elgar to stay at the house, where he worked on his Violin Concerto and The Kingdom, and the property has a Blue Plaque to record this association. When Shuster died the house was left to New Zealander Anzy Wylde who renamed it Long White Cloud, the Maori name for that country.

In the 1930s the property was to become the childhood home of legendary racing driver, Stirling Moss.

Long White Cloud is set in beautiful riverside gardens and overlooks the renowned Monkey Island and its historic hotel. There are lots of original features including leaded light windows and decorative fireplaces, plus plenty to entertain modern visitors, including an indoor pool and raised sun terrace.

The country style kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of units, integral units and an Aga and benefits from a secondary entrance providing access to the gardens.

The first floor currently provides a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a guest bedroom with en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a split level family bathroom.

The guide price is £2,25m, further details available from Savills Windsor, tel 01753 834 600.


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