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. 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




01628 668561


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


all year.


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.


all ages, extra bed free in school holidays.


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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


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

'A Cliveden Indulgence' Special Offer

A CLIVEDEN INDULGENCE. From £555 per room per night. Indulge in the full Cliveden experience with access to the award-winning Cliveden Spa facilities, as well as receiving £100 spa credit to be used towards a myriad of relaxing treatments. From targeting your unique holistic needs with a Cliveden Warm Oil Massage, or going with the ‘glow’ with a bespoke facial, the choice is yours. Whatever you choose, you will leave the spa feeling revived and recharged, ready to continue the indulgence from your luxurious room or suite, as you savour a complimentary glass or two of the finest Laurent-Perrier bubbles. Offer Includes: Overnight accommodation in your chosen room or suite with breakfast. £100 spa treatment credit per room. Complimentary 1/2 bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Full use of the Spa & Leisure facilities. Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. A National Trust admission fee of £18 per person will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards). Not available in conjunction with any other offers.

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