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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Summer Staycation Special Offer
SUMMER STAYCATIONS. Bed & Breakfast from £585 per night. The sound of your car wheels crunching on the gravel and the sight of the Fountain of Love simply won’t prepare you for what you’re about to see… talk about making an entrance! After months indoors, what a way to step out of lockdown than with a luxurious visit to Cliveden?
Bring the teens, tots and the four legged members of the family for a great British break this spring or summer. Watch on as the kids stretch their legs, discovering the glorious grounds and hidden treasures. Reward your intrepid efforts with a glass of Champagne back at the house, with views of the parterre. Book a table in one of our two restaurants for a delicious feast and soak away your stresses in the spa. Conveniently, the hotel is located just a short drive from LEGOLAND® too, making this more than just an overnight experience, you’ll need far more time than that. From perfect picnics to beautiful boat trips, spa’rvellous treatments and making a splash in the outdoor pool, what are you waiting for? From £535 per night, based on two sharing a Club Room. Subject to availability. Must be booked in advance. An additional charge of £18 is levied by the National Trust for all overnight guests visiting Cliveden although if you are already a National Trust member there is no extra charge. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.