Cliveden House

Taplow, Berkshire

History, opulence and a tantalising whiff of scandal enrich a stay at this palatial Italianate mansion in National Trust gardens and parkland. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

History, opulence and a tantalising whiff of scandal enrich a stay at this palatial Italianate mansion in National Trust gardens and parkland. Designed by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland, and forever associated with the ‘Profumo affair’, it is ‘a pile with a past’. From club rooms with a queen-size bed, to hot-tub rooms and lavish suites, all are furnished with antiques. Readers’ deluxe double ‘looked on to the bin area’ but ‘our marble bathroom was luxurious’. The dining room, ‘with magnificent views over the parterre to the Thames, is a stunning location’. Christopher Hannon’s fine-dining menus include dishes such as estate venison with chestnut, tamarind and carob; sole with sorrel, baby turnip and white berries; confit artichoke with vanilla and preserved lemon. In the old stables, the Astor Grill is more informal and affordable, with a menu that includes beer-battered fish and chips, burgers, gnocchi and rib-eye steak. ‘The pools, indoor and out, and the 
spa area are an oasis of calm; we enjoyed them.’ Like its country cousin, Chewton Glen, New Milton (see entry), this is a Relais & Châteaux hotel. (Tessa Stuart)

Hotel details

Address

Taplow
Berkshire
SL6 0JF
England

Telephone

01628 668561

Bedrooms

47. Some on ground floor, 
1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

Great Hall, bar/lounge, library, 2 restaurants (vegetarian/vegan menus), private dining rooms, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, spa, swimming pools, 376-acre estate, EV charging, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages, extra bed free in school holidays.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£35 per night), most public areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £505. Tasting menu £95, à la carte £75 (dining room). 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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Special offers

Three Nights for the Price of Two Special Offer

Book 3 nights for the price of 2. Enjoy a historical break, and an extra night with the hotel’s compliments, leaving you plenty of time to explore all that Cliveden has to offer. Take a leisurely stroll through the magnificent grounds and woodlands, followed by a moment of relaxation spent in the luxurious Cliveden Spa. Access to the 376-acre National Trust grounds and woodlands. 0Use of the Cliveden Spa and leisure facilities. Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offers and packages.


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