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Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

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Cliveden House is unique. The setting, architecture and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement.
Cliveden is set in 376 acres of spectacular National Trust managed gardens and woodland. You can be certain of a beautiful room filled with exquisite furnishings and priceless antiques. As you enter you are welcomed with muted music, the scent of fresh flowers and, if it is winter, a crackling log fire. Each of the rooms is named after a prominent guest or figure from Cliveden´s past, and furnished accordingly. As one would expect there is an ample choice of rooms in which to enjoy the fine cuisine and faultless hospitality, which has attracted numerous awards and accolades.

Cliveden House also has a Self Catering, Spa and Venue:

Spring Cottage (Self Catering Section)

The Cliveden Spa (Spa Section)

Cliveden House (Wedding Venue Section)

Inspirations

Cliveden House is part of the following Inspirations:

10 Must-Visit Hotels for 2018 by Adrian Mourby

"If there is one single hotel swimming pool in Britain which can lay claim to the much over-used adjective “iconic”, it is the long pool at Cliveden. It was built in 1953 by Lord “Bill” Astor at the time when Cliveden was still his family’s home.

Bill – grandson of the famous newspaper magnate William Waldorf Astor – had just won a lot of money betting on the Oaks at Epsom. He used this small fortune to build what seemed an extraordinary extravagance in ration-hit Britain: a swimming pool in the old walled garden at the family seat of Cliveden.

Now let’s fast-forward to an evening in July 1961 when Britain’s Secretary of State for War, John Profumo MP walked through what is now known as the “Christine Keeler Door” at Cliveden. Profumo was a dinner guest and in the company of Bill Astor. Here by the pool he encountered Miss Keeler – also a Cliveden visitor - topless. Soon afterwards the couple began a brief, illicit affair. This would have been unremarkable for its time were it not for the fact that Christine Keeler was also involved at the same time in a relationship with a Russian naval attaché.

Two years later – in 1963 - when John Profumo lied about his relationship with a woman who had also been the bedfellow of an enemy agent, he was forced to resign. That same year the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan was voted out of office. (These events were recorded in the 1989 film Scandal with Ian McKellen as Profumo, Leslie Philips as Lord Astor and Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler.)

The Astor family gave up Cliveden after Bill’s death and this truly beautiful country house is now a hotel. It has preserved that infamous pool – one of the few listed swimming pools in Britain.It's also preserved the old wooden "Christine Keeler Door" but in 2017 the walled garden was turned into a spa-restaurant area, primarily catering for hotel guests. A new entrance that circumvents the infamous door is now housed beneath an ornate water tower disguised as a campanile. This tower was built as memorial to Duke of Sutherland, one of the previous owners of Cliveden. Inside the spa there is a new excellent healthy restaurant which, I’m glad to say, serves some excellent very healthy wines. Meanwhile sun loungers occupy the old croquet lawn of Bill Astor’ s 1960s pleasure dome.

In 2017 extra treatment rooms and a solarium were added as well as hot tubs which should be fully functional by 2018.

If you swim in just one hotel pool in the new year, this is the one."

Top 10 Film Location Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Many films and series have been shot at Cliveden, the former home of Nancy Astor including the nine part TV Series Nancy Astor about the first woman – and an American at that – who in 1919 took her seat in the House of Commons. The truly palatial house and grounds of Cliveden have also appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (briefly) standing in for a Parisian hotel bedroom, in the Patrick Dempsey romcom Made of Honour (2008) where it pretended to be a New York study, and in the Beatles film Help! (1965) as Buckingham Palace.

The hotel’s grounds were featured in The Yellow Rolls-Royce with Rex Harrison (1965), Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov (1978), Carrington with Emma Thompson (1995), Chaplin with Robert Downey Junior (1995), and Mrs. Henderson Presents with Judi Dench (2005). Ironically the one film in which Cliveden was not used as a location is Scandal. This 1989 drama about the Profumo Affair featured John Hurt, Ian McKellen and Joanne Whalley, with many scenes set amongst the libidinous 1960s Cliveden set led by Bill Astor (son of Nancy) played by Leslie Philips. However these were actually filmed at Longleat in Warminster and Wilton House in Wilton. At the time of the shoot the Astor family did not want Cliveden used as a location for a film about the Profumo Affair. This understandable reluctance nevertheless means that many cinema-going audiences have no idea how beautiful the real Cliveden is.

If you stay the weekend – and I would strongly recommend doing so – you may well fall in love with this serene neoclassical structure and its extensive grounds on a cliff-top above the River Thames. But you’ll also be charmed by the staff, who are not only very good at their job but clearly find working at Cliveden enormous fun."

Perfect wedding venues by Dinah Hatch

"For those of a certain age, luxurious decadent Cliveden will forever be remembered as the venue at the heart of the sixties Profumo scandal which rocked the political establishment and saw sensible politicians losing their heads in the secluded lawns and pathways of the estate with young ladies half their age. These days, the historic mansion and National Trust grounds still exude a certain glamour and the weddings they host are spectacular. There’s a whole choice of fabulously grand rooms to choose from for the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast - and it’s tough to beat canapés and drinks on these exquisitely kept lawns on a fine summer’s day."

Relaxing autumn and winter breaks near London by Jessica Baldwin

"Over the last 300 years this infamous property has played host to everyone from President Roosevelt and Charlie Chaplin to George-Bernard Shaw. Set on the banks of the River Thames the Italianate mansion dates back to 1666 and is surrounded by nearly 400 acres of immaculately manicured National Trust gardens. To truly unwind book Spring Cottage, located by the river it was originally built as a Summerhouse and tea room for the Countess of Orkney in 1813. Today it is available for hire and it comes with its own private butler."

Ten Venues for Twenties Themed Weddings by Liz Coggins

"This elegantly decadent venue with its lavish interiors, perfumed gardens, and breathtaking grounds will fulfil every expectation of your dream day with authenticity as it played host to the 20’s rich and famous. Enter this palace of dreams to the sound of muted music and smell of flowers before tying the knot in the Lady Astor Suite followed by a sumptuous wedding breakfast in the grand surrounding of the French Dining Room."

Ten of the best resorts with a range of accommodation by Abigail Flanagan

"Is there a discerning adult who hasn’t heard of Cliveden? Lord & Lady Astor; Frederick, Prince of Wales; Queen Victoria; Churchill; Roosevelt: the long list of dignitaries who’ve either owned or stayed here is worthy of its own Debretts. Set in 376 acres of National Trust grounds, Cliveden today is no less distinguished, offering sumptuous accommodation to suit even the pickiest politician. Best of all, though, is the fairytale Spring Cottage, where Stephen Ward and Christine Keeler were ensconced when the Profumo scandal broke. Set on the banks of the Thames, what was once the Countess of Orkney’s summerhouse is now the ultimate self-catering retreat, but if you don’t feel like lifting a finger a Personal Butler is also available."

Royal Berkshire Retreats Fit for a Princess by Jessica Baldwin

"Rich in history this Relais & Chateau property has witnessed over 300 years of passion, politics and parties. Set within 376 acres of stunning National Trust gardens the house was originally created for the Duke of Buckingham and the grand property dates back to 1666. Over the years the grand country house has seen the likes of President Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin and George-Bernard Shaw pass through its doors. Today it also offers a range of interconnecting and dog friendly rooms."

Ten of the Best Hotels with Gorgeous Grounds and Gardens by Dinah Hatch

"Well I would choose this one, wouldn’t I? (That’s a little Mandy Rice-Davies joke there.) For those over a certain age, Cliveden will forever be associated with the Profumo scandal, the key events of which unfurled at this grand historic mansion in Taplow, Berks, in the 1960s. These days Cliveden’s ultra chic clientele get their thrills from the superb 376-acres of National Trust grounds including the chi-chi walled garden where the romantic dalliances between respectable cabinet ministers and rather young good time girls allegedly started. Expect naked Italianate nymphs and fountains, impeccable lawns, secluded paths and trails and endless bucolic views across the Berkshire countryside. No wonder those politicians got carried away…"

Ten Hotels for a Romantic Valentine's Break by Natasha Blair

"Follow in the footsteps of the infamous couple Christine Keeler and John Profumo by staying at the newly refurbished, and secluded Spring Cottage in the grounds of the magnificent, stately Cliveden House. Arrive to find a roaring log fire in the lounge, champagne and a dozen red roses. Prior to arrival, the kitchen will be stocked with a selection of food to prepare your own romantic dinner or a chef from Cliveden can come and cook for you. Alternatively, a chauffeur will collect you, and bring you to the main house for a private dinner in the ‘Boudoir’ or if you do want company, the Terrace Restaurant. Return to find rose petals and lit candles in your bedroom. If you can steal yourself away, there are acres of grounds to walk in and a spa with indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools."

The Ten Best Honeymoon Hotels in Britain by Liz Coggins

"Spending your honeymoon in a grand stately home is a dream come true. Over the last 300 years royalty, the rich and famous have all been entertained at Cliveden. Works of art and antiques embellish its luxurious rooms all with magnificent views... If you really want to push the boat out The Lady Astor Suite is stunning with its own private terrace or the secluded Spring Cottage by the river comes with its own butler."

Information on Cliveden House hotel , Taplow

No. of bedrooms: Total: 49        
Types of room: 47 rooms and suites as well as a two bedroom cottage
Room rates guide: Single:  £356.00-£600.00
Double/Twin:  £356.00-£600.00
Suites:  £692.00-£1,820.00
Room only
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome (Children under 9 yrs restricted Spa use)
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (aged 1 year and older, small dog)
Romantic Details: Honeymoon Suite, romantic cottage and River Thames location
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: Accessible Toilet
Accreditation: AA 5 Red Stars, AA Hotel of the Year 2016
Room facilities: CD player, colour TV, DVD player, Wireless broadband internet access, Luxury toiletries
General facilities: Beauty treatment rooms, Gym, 2 restaurants, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 8 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 70 delegates, Wireless broadband internet access throughout the hotel, Private dining
Indoor activities: Board games, Indoor & outdoor tennis
Outdoor activities on site: Boating on the River Thames with Cliveden's Vintage Flotila, 375 Acres of National Trust Grounds to explore, including Maze, Parterre, Woodland and Fitness trails
Activities nearby: Golf, Squash, Clay shooting, Horse riding
Local directions: From the M4 exit at junction 7 and follow the A4 until the roundabout junction of Lake End Road (B3026 - Sainsbury Supermarket) and Lent Rise Road. Turn right onto Lent Rise Road and continue to follow this road straight on over the next two mini roundabouts. You will pass Burnham Memorial Cricket Ground on your right and later Palmbrokers on your left. At the T junction the main gates of Cliveden are opposite, follow signs for House Guests.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Windsor
London Heathrow (16 miles) (30 mins) , London Gatwick (60 miles) (1 hour, 10 mins)
Burnham (3 miles) (10 mins)

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London Heathrow Stopover Package

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Mon 02 Jan 2017 – Sat 30 Nov 2019

This Package includes:
- 3 course dinner for two in The Cliveden Dining Room
- Breakfast
- A Butler's history talk
- A one-way transfer to or from Heathrow Airport

Prices start from £350 per person per night.
Based on two guests sharing, subject to availability.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-84596

Kids stay free during school holidays

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Sun 01 Jan 2017 – Fri 20 Dec 2019

During school holidays children up to the age of 12 years stay with our compliments, when sharing their parent's room.

Rates start from £595 based on two adults and one child sharing a classic double room and include:

Overnight Accommodation
Access to the 376 acres of National Trust Gardens
Use of the leisure facilities

Subject to availability.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92271

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Taste of Cliveden - Complimentary dinner offer

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Mon 02 Jan 2017 – Sat 30 Nov 2019

Enjoy B&B and complimentary dinner for two in The Cliveden Dining Room.
Includes:
- Overnight Accommodation
- Complimentary food allowance of £72.50 per person for dinner in The Cliveden Dining Room
- Full English breakfast

From £495 per room per night, based on two people sharing a Club Room. Valid Sunday - Thursday. Full T&Cs online.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-92270

3 nights for the price of 2

33% discount

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Mon 02 Jan 2017 – Fri 20 Dec 2019

Enjoy a historical break at Cliveden and enjoy one night with our compliments, leaving you more time to explore the 376 Acre National Trust Estate, including our stunning Gardens & Woodlands.

Price for three nights:
From - £890 (normally £1335)

Prices are based on two sharing a Club Room and inclusive of full English breakfast and use of the leisure facilities.

Subject to availability.

  • Offer Code: 3FOR2

Christmas House Party at Cliveden

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Fri 20 Sep 2019 – Fri 27 Dec 2019

Spend Christmas at our house this year. Book our three-night Christmas House Party package, Tuesday 24th December – Friday 27th December 2019, and enjoy Monday 23rd December on us!

You'll enjoy an itinerary packed with food, drink and entertainment.

Prices start from £3765 per room based on two sharing a Club Room. *Monday 23rd December will be added on to your reservation on a room only basis.


Lunch with Clare Balding

On Friday 8th November, Clare Balding joins us to talk about her career as an award-winning broadcaster and author. She has worked on every Olympic Games since 1996, every Paralympics since 2000, and has won BAFTA's Special Award for her work on L...

Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

Start: 12:00

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Finish: 15:00

Christmas Carol Concert and Dinner

We are delighted to be joined by The Queen's Six who will be performing a very special Christmas Carol concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall. A number of different carols will be performed from ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ to ‘Jingl...

Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

Start: 18:30

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Finish: 21:30

Celebrate your Christmas

Enjoy a one night stay at this years Christmas House Party choosing from Christmas eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day 2019. From only £350 per person, based on two people sharing a Cosy Room. Total price of stay £700. Creating memories this Ch...

Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

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Review of Cliveden House

Posted on by Saaduz ICustomer stayed Aug 2016

I have rarely been to a place so beautiful, with such a good atmosphere and such beautiful surroundings.

It is difficult to believe you would be lucky enough to be able to have visited such a place.

I have been for lunch dinner and breakfast and the food was perfect every time. The dessert both times was the best I have tasted of its type and the staff were so amazingly lovely it was hard to believe you weren't in your own house having a meal.

Quite simply I have never been anywhere better!!

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