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
If you want to escape central London buzz and relax in a fabulous environment with wonderful service and food Cliveden would be hard to surpass by any standards. Business meeting or social, the grounds and opulent decor with a rich history Cliveden has it all but retains a relaxed ambience which is hard to achieve and really differentiate in a hotel or high end dinning venue. Wonderful and in our opinion hard to replicate year after year but Cliveden staff and management must have the enduring formula. 11/10
Our stay at Cliveden was memorable, the setting of the hotel was magnificent. The staff were very friendly and helpful and couldn’t do enough for you. Checking in was very efficient and friendly, however we were a little disappointed at our room as there was no view. The room “Rosina Harrison” had a separate sitting room which was nice however it had no view except over a courtyard, which made it dark. The sitting area and bedroom were beautifully furnished to the standard you’d expect of a 5 star hotel and the bed was very large and very comfortable. The marble bathroom was impressive and came with lovely Asprey toiletries and large fluffy towels. At times during the evening and early morning there was some noise from the courtyard. It was a staff entrance and staff were running trolleys over the cobbled stones which woke us up a few times. We had a surprise as there was no coffee or tea making facilities in the room, nor was there a fridge. This was rectified and the staff brought up a kettle and a tray of tea/ coffee, plus a small fridge. Breakfast was superb, I recommend the Lord Astor breakfast, and the views out over the gardens were stunning. The serving staff were marvellous. We had a lovely supper at the Astor Grill on Thursday evening, the staff were very attentive and efficient. We telephoned our booking and were offered 6:15pm slot. It transpires that we could have dined earlier as there must have only been 10 customers in the restaurant all evening.
The quality of hotel was superb, the magnificent grounds and the staff were superb
To make the stay perfect the room needs a decent coffee maker, tea making facilities, fresh milk and biscuits in room. In addition a fridge in the room, complimentary wine and daily canapes would be appreciated. These touches are standard in other luxury hotels of this standing.
The outdoor swimming pool was very welcoming in the hot weather and the new indoor pool and facilities were impressive.
The food and service was fantastic in the less formal Astor Grill.
Beautiful location, glorious National Trust gardens to spend time in, River Thames/ Henley Regatta nearby.
We went here when they first plant up the long garden vowing to go back once all the plants had grown. It didn't disappoint despite the weather being extremely dry. So much to see and look at. Lovely walk down to the river. We had a small tour of the house lots of interesting history in there.
Food was very nice in the orangery.
We didn't stay in the hotel. It looks lovely.
It was a hot day so we decided to return to the house to see inside. The grounds are well kept, and is an enjoyable place to walk around, and when we were there it was dusty as the drives were being resurfaced. As we have been here before we thought it was time to look inside the house. This is disappointing because it is a working hotel all you can visit is just three rooms, which were very interesting but did not give you more insight to the house. The tour takes about thirty minutes and has to be booked on arrival at the information centre. We just turned up and got on the tour by luck as there was not a high demand on the day. But forgetting the inside of the house the gardens and fountains are a pleasure to see, just a shame about the house.
My family and I went last Sunday to have tea at 16:30h and stayed until 18:20h. The 16th century house, was visited by Mr Churchill during the second world war as well as a great amount of personalities including Megan, The Duchess of Sussex, who stayed there on the eve of her wedding. We were spoilt in seeing Chris Eubank walking in whilst we were having our tea. As for the Tea at £37 per person plus a 15% service charge, is certainly not value for money! The selection of teas was quite good though, but the three layered tray did not have anything special on it and certainly not enough for a hungry person!
So in terms of the visiting the house, yes! well worth it, but for an afternoon tea, save your money..!