Cliveden House

Taplow, Berkshire

Standing grandly above the Thames, in National Trust gardens and pleasure grounds, an Italianate mansion built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland ‘seems to have hosted everyone who is anyone’, from Winston Churchill to Lawrence of Arabia. More

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Standing grandly above the Thames, in National Trust gardens and pleasure grounds, an Italianate mansion built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland ‘seems to have hosted everyone who is anyone’, from Winston Churchill to Lawrence of Arabia. A Relais & Châteaux hotel, it has ‘bedrooms filled with antiques and named after famous past guests’, of whom there have been many, from Lord Curzon and Mahatma Gandhi, when Nancy Astor held court here, to Meghan Markle on the night before her wedding. John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Lady Astor hangs in the Great Hall by a monumental Italian Renaissance fireplace, amid a sea of sofas. Bedrooms range from ‘club’ doubles to the Lady Astor Suite, with a private terrace and views over the spectacular parterre to the river. Some ‘classic’ rooms overlooking the spa garden have a terrace with a hot tub. You can take tea alfresco, address yourself to Cliveden fish stew, English rose veal or black truffle risotto under chandeliers in the dining room, or settle into a blue-painted banquette in the Astor Grill, in former stables, for a sharing platter, rib-eye steak or fish and chips. (JK)

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 a night), most public areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £445. Tasting menu £97.50, à la carte £73 (dining room). 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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Special offers

Cliveden Romance Special Offer

Ever since the 2nd Duke of Buckingham built the House for his mistress, the Countess of Shrewsbury, it’s been clear that Cliveden House was destined to be a romantic retreat of choice. Explore over 376 acres that surrounds Cliveden House with your loved one, marvel at the romantic views and enjoy a stroll by the Fountain of Love or along the River Thames. Toast your visit with a romantic dinner for two in the chandeliered Dining Room, followed by glass after glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne cocktails in the Library Bar. Cliveden House is tailor-made for romance—a tradition deeply rooted in a scandal that dates back centuries. Your stay includes: Overnight accommodation in your chosen room or suite with breakfast. Bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuveé Rosé Champagne. A dozen red roses
Dinner for two in The Dining Room. Use of the Cliveden Spa facilities. Access to the hotel’s 376-acre National Trust Estate. Subject to availability. Not available with any other packages or offers. A National Trust admission fee of £18 per person will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards).


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