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
We had afternoon tea in the Great Hall at Cliveden House .The hotel is set in beautiful grounds and has a rich country house atmosphere. It is warm, inviting and comfortable with an historic and original feel . From the initial welcome to the last moments of our visit we were welcomed and served politely by staff who were polite , attentive , yet relaxed and friendly. Such service is often lacking even in many luxury hotels , where often you didn't feel you count for much and are just another customer. That was not the case here.
The tea itself was excellent with champagne, choice of fine teas , lovely well filled sandwiches , scones small cakes / pastries. To my mind the whole experience was of equal or and better quality than we have had at Claridge's and the Ritz - both of which tend to be rather impersonal in style, if more glitzy.
The Great Hall is perhaps a little dark but it was spacious and there was plenty of room to relax at our table. There was a lovely Christmas tree , old paintings on the walls and inviting fireplaces - the whole ambience felt like you were a guest in someone's private home rather than a hotel .
I could not rate the service and staff highly enough. The price of the afternoon tea [although not cheap] was reasonable for what was offered. I would definitely use this hotel again .
We stayed for one night for my birthday and had a great stay. We booked a room with a hot tub that looked over the spa and it was lovely! The bed was very comfy and lots of amenities, terrace out to the hot tub with really nice touches of plastic glasses to take out, flip flops and extra towels.
The hotel itself is just amazing, the long drive up is such a magnificent approach and its great they have an AMPR system with closed gates. The porters were fantastic, on hand as soon as we arrived and took care of everything. The staff were first class.
Breakfast was excellent, great choices and such a lovely room with those magnificent views out over the gardens.
If you like nice luxury hotels this has to be on your list to try, we will be making the trip from Yorkshire back down very soon!
What an experience from the time you walk in until you leave.
Attentive staff and nothing is too much trouble.
The tea was scrumptious and plenty of it lovely sandwiches cakes and pastries!!
The appearance of the house and grounds as you walk around are amazing and well kept !!,
This hotel is amazing. It is a place where the royals occasionally stay and its easy to see why. 5-star all the way. Service is tremendous. They look after every detail. The grounds are literally a national park. It is beautiful inside and out. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Its out of the way, but we were looking for an English countryside relaxing experience and this was it. Most comfortable beds imaginable. Though the place was built in the 1700's and has plenty of old world charm, it is modernized within (our bathroom had heated flooring). My wife and I both loved this place.
Always a great place for a walk.many varied roots taking in the house and grounds.
Fantastic views from the house overlooking the garden as well as wondering further along taking in the river Thames.
Going again over Xmas as winter and the colour of the trees all change.