Good Hotel Guide Review
As you approach this glorious Italianate Thames-side summer palace designed by Charles Barry and set in 376 acres of National Trust grounds, it ‘feels as if you are on the film set of Pride and Prejudice’, says a Guide insider (see also Chewton Glen, New Milton). Cliveden exudes ‘history in every corner, from ornate fireplaces and suits of armour, to the spectacular carved staircase’. Bedrooms, named after famous past guests, are filled with antiques. ‘Buckingham, with its oak-panelled walls and fireplace, and views over the parterre to the Thames, has a bathroom that could hold a rugby team, with Carrara-marble screens behind the bath and basins.’ Even Kipling, the smallest, ‘has an impressive stucco ceiling’. Paul O’Neill’s fine-dining menus include such dishes as roasted cod loin with crab ‘lasagne’, fennel and apple, and separate menus for children, vegetarians and vegans. The dining room, with its white linen and chandeliers, ‘feels a little overly formal; I preferred the relaxed Astor Grill in the former stables, now beautifully done out with blue banquettes’. (JK)
47. Some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
Great Hall, bar/lounge, library, 2 restaurants, private dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa, swimming pools, 376-acre National Trust estate, public areas wheelchair accessible.
all day in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public areas (excl. 1 restaurant, spa, parts of garden).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £495–£1,635, D,B&B £615–£1,755. Tasting menu £97.50, à la carte £73. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
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Private Cottage Seven Nights for the Price of Five Special Offer
Spring Cottage: Book 7 nights for the price of 5 – Please see information below: Retrace the scandalous steps of Cliveden’s past, make up for lost time with friends and family and settle into your private, luxurious cottage for up to 7 nights. Enjoy seclusion and escapism on the banks of the River Thames and become the protagonist of your very own scandal at Cliveden House. Enjoy 2 extra nights with the hotel’s compliments and revel in the beautiful setting on the famous Spring Cottage. Your stay includes: Overnight accommodation in the 3 bedroom cottage. Access to the 376 acre National Trust estate. Use of the spa and leisure facilities. Terms & Conditions: Sunday to Thursday, weekend rates are available at a supplement. The seven for five offer is based on the hotel’s published prices only. Valid on new reservations only. Does not apply to groups or functions. Not available on any other packages or offers. Subject to availability. Please note this offer is not available throughout August. A National Trust admission fee of £18 per person will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards).