What We Love
- The hotel’s epic history
- The Canadian hot tubs in the spa
- Pottering the grounds and playing lord and lady of the manor
What To Know
- Guests can arrive by helicopter if they wish
- The rooms are named after former guests, from Charlie Chaplin to Prince Albert to Rudyard Kipling
- Heston Blumenthal’s famous Fat Duck restaurant is a 15-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This sprawling neoclassical country pad is so much more than just a pretty face; its rich history is filled with epic parties and visits from Queen Victoria, President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill (and was where the British political scandal between Christine Keeler and John Profumo took place). The 38 bedrooms are elegant, floral affairs with handmade queen-sized beds, scented Asprey toiletries and views over the rolling grounds. Dress the part for an evening meal in the grand Terrace Dining Room or up the luxe factor a notch and entertain in one of the decadent, gilded private dining rooms.
In the Area
The house is set on more than 376 acres of beautifully tended National Trust gardens and woodlands with views that stretch to the River Thames. The Pavilion Spa is hidden within the grounds and is home to a heated outdoor pool, an indoor pool, six treatment rooms, outdoor Canadian hot tubs and whirlpool spas. Hop on the flotilla at the Cliveden Boathouse for a relaxing Champagne cruise. With all the pampering, there’s little chance guests will want to leave, but if they do, then Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-star restaurant The Fat Duck is just up the road in Bray.
How to Get There
The most memorable afternoon of our year so far. England on a plate, served up with elegance and style. Nothing disappointed throughout our two hours of afternoon tea. The flavours were delicate and distinctive at the same time. The variety was imaginative and by the time you've finished you realise you've eaten more than you expected. The final choux bun creation will stay with me for a long time both it's look and taste.
Not being tea drinkers we weren't expecting many surprises in our cups, we went for two of the more unusual teas and thoroughly enjoyed two pots of each.
A great bargain at £37 as you come away having had a great meal and a whole lot of memories to savour.
We have just returned from celebrating our 20th anniversary at Cliveden for afternoon tea. The whole experience was fantastic from the amazing drive up to the front of the hotel to the lovely food that we had for our tea. A wonderful selection of sweet and savoury food that we almost managed to finish.
The only issue we wanted to raise was the additional £10 National Trust charge that we had not realised was compulsory. And to make matters worse we didn’t leave enough time to even use it and explore the grounds. Looking back at the booking the details are at the bottom of the confirmation email ( which I did not fully read ). Also when booking the afternoon tea the information is at the bottom of the available tea options ( which I also did not read ).
I was more than happy to pay the charge and fully understand that it is important to contribute so the National Trust so that places like Cliveden exist. It just was not clear when reading the prices that it was going to be £47 and not £37. Maybe a suggestion would be to display the charge including the £10 and then offer National Trust members a discount when paying. Only good surprises for those members who don’t realise they can save the charge when paying the bill.
It didn’t spoil our day but if we had have known it could have made our day even better as we would have planned to spend more time in the grounds.
Where to start?
The drive up to the hotel is amazing, straight out of a Brontë novel, the large fountain at the end, leading you up to the grandeur of Cliveden House.
You are met by the Bell Hop, who was courteous and friendly, taking your bag and welcoming you to Cliveden. Then you walk into the reception area - absolutely breathtaking. It is like staying in a fairytale castle!
Check in was smooth and quick, staff spoke to us politely and made us feel very welcome.
We were upgraded to a deluxe room, which was amazing. We stayed in "CHINESE" vs the decor was beautiful.
The bed was amazing, the bathroom spacious. The whole room was full of charm & character.
The grounds are impeccably maintained, and stunning. Waking down through the woods to the river is well worth it (just renege that you will have to come up a hill sooner or later!)
The spa is outstanding, beautiful surroundings great facilities and a twiddling atmosphere & ambience. A place for recharging the batteries, even if you do not have any treatments. Robes, towels & flip flops are provided!
We didn't eat in the restaurants, but they looked amazing and didn't hear any complaints - just praise!
We had a drink in the guests lounge, which I believe used to be the library. Again lots of comfortable old world seats.
Beautiful caving full of books, wood paneling & open fires... Plus an amazing list of cocktails, wines and spirits - dying some VERY good whiskies.
Decided to have breakfast in the room, Wow! From the silver plate service through to the selection of food and the staff, everything was spot on. Even got a phonecall before they turned up with the food checking we were happy to have it then.
I cannot praise the hotel enough, I will be back again soon.
Yes it is on the pricey side, but you really do get what you pay for.
I wasn't made aware of the national trust charge, but I think that was due to booking through a 3rd party.
If you are thinking about it - just book it!
What a stay. I will remember this visit for a very long time. The stay was to celebrate my 50th Birthday and it did not disappoint. The staff are so lovely (the main reason I booked was after watching a Channel 4 documentary on the hotel), we were upgraded and I felt generally spoilt rotten. Evening meal, drinks and breakfast in the morning were delicious.
Arriving at cliveden down the long driveway is an amazing experience when you see the old house and from there on it doesn’t disappoint. Staff are really great and cater to every need and they all love working which gives off a great vibe, food is excellent as is the service, rooms are spacious, nostalgic and provide modern luxury at the same time and the grounds are incredible and need to be experienced. If you’re looking for a country break in a place with a great history, spa, outside activities, great food and service look no further. Highly recommend