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“Lady Astor would be pleased” 4 of 5 stars
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Cliveden House
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Taplow SL6 0JF, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Taplow
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“Lady Astor would be pleased”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Friends of mine and I had lunch at Cliveden House.
The drive on the way to the House from the spectacular fountain that would grace the gardens of Versailles, is simply pure magic. The quintessential country house is there to welcome you.
The grounds remind you of Vaux le Vicomte (to me the perfect French castle) and the Long garden is worth a movie by itself.
I did not know that Lady Astor has taken her cue from Ann Boleyn when she selected the décor of the ground floor rooms. This is very Tudor while you would expect over the top Regency ormulus or comfortable Edwardian furniture.
The view from the dining room is enchanting for lack of better world and you can see the River glimmer in the background.
The food was perfectly fine (portions were found a bit small after so much walking in the Park) and the Sommelier gave extremely skillful advice.
All in all a great experience.
If I have only one suggestion to make: do not let cars park in front of the house. It destroys the illusion of walking back to the times when Lady Astor welcomed King Edward VII.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Perhaps strange to say but I often find myself asking Lady Astor if she approves of how the house if used today. If only we could ask the question I bet the answer would be very fulsome as I most frequently hear Lady Astor described as "Formidable",
All you references are very flattering and thank you for putting your visit into so much context.
Enchanted is a lovely expression and a lovely notion, I was happy to read that this was your experience. I hope we can welcome you and your friends back soon.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

... are not free, as it turns out!

I've read a few reviews of this hotel where people seem to grumble a little bit about the price. I'm not really sure why. Yes, the rooms are expensive, but they tell you this before you book, and they don't hide away any nasty surprises on the bill (apart from the National Trust fee - £10pp, which you can have waived if you're a member). But otherwise, you don't get gouged when you're there, food & drink is appropriately & reasonably priced, and the service you get is exemplary, so what is there to complain about?

The real question to answer is whether or not this hotel is worth what you pay, and based on my first stay there, my answer is a resounding "YES"! There are other hotels in the area that are cheaper, and I'm sure will be perfectly nice, but nowhere else will you find such combination of luxury, attention to detail, and history that you have at Cliveden House.

Check-in is an extremely relaxed process - instead of having to queue up behind a desk, you're seated in the reception hall of the house, where the original wood panelling, furniture, paintings and even suits of armour give you a sense of what this hotel is all about, whilst a concierge takes you through the whole process quickly & easily, before showing you to your room. We booked a two-room suite, as this was a special occasion, and the room felt like the height of luxury - large, spacious, smart, but with bags of character & classic flourishes that remind you where you are without being over-bearing or intimidating. The bed in particular was exceptionally comfortable, whilst the bathroom had the largest bath I think I've ever used. No shower, which might have been irritating on a longer stay, but for one night only I didn't mind!

Of course, the grounds are the main attraction here, but I would also recommend the boat trips that the hotel can organise - we spend an hour or so cruising on the Thames in a vintage day-boat (125 years old), complete with Prosecco & picnic. Again, this isn't cheap, and has to be paid for in advance, so you're taking a bit of a gamble with the weather, though the boat we had would certainly still have been pleasant in the rain.

Another tip - if your room is large enough, pay the extra £10 to have your breakfast served to you in bed. It was a wonderful way to make the most of the suite we'd paid for, and the breakfast was very smartly served.

I'd also highly recommend eating in the Terrace Dining Room in the evenings - the menu sounded very 'classic' when I first read it, but all of the dishes were served with modern flourishes & stylings, extremely well cooked, and attentively served by the hotel's excellent waiting staff. The cheeseboard, in particular, was one of the most interesting I've had in a while!

Overall, I'd say that this really is a place that you get what you pay for - it was only supposed to be a special occasion for us, but we'll be looking to go back soon.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a suite - it's well worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Really love all your observations of us, thank you for your very eloquently written review.
Happy we hit the mark for you and hopefully we will now hold a special place in your hearts and that you might return before too long. Best wishes Sue & the team.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

really lovely grand house the rooms are huge and have everything you need loved are 2 nights there treated like royalty never wanted to leave even got a free room upgrade the spa is great especially the outdoor hot tubs

Room Tip: the bedrooms in the main house are bigger compared to in the wings
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Cliveden House certainly is Grand but inclusive and welcoming all at the same time. She (off course she is feminine) is the ultimate house to relax and enjoy the tremendous Thames valley views, and some of the most beautiful gardens you will ever see. The welcome and the service I hope does justice to all those other splendid attributes. Thank you for your review.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

You don’t have to be a National Trust Member to enjoy a blissful stay at Cliveden.
The moment you commence the drive through the gates you begin to enter a bygone era. The glimpse of the fountain; WOW, then you turn into the main drive to the House seeing it in all its glory (where's the horse and carriage?). The staff are immediately there to assist you with your luggage and park the chariot; this is only the beginning of the attentive friendly service you will enjoy throughout your stay.
A place to celebrate a special something or just an indulgence it’s a must.
The House is grand and elegant and shows it has a history and what a history! Don’t go if you want modern minimalistic rooms, go if you want comfort and a foot in the past. The antiques, the fire places, the art, the grounds, I could harp on ad-infinitum. Beds are so comfy, the rooms are well appointed, good bathroom products, towels and robes you can wrap a baby in and have latest LED TV’s and the all so important DVD of the scandal……
Treat yourself, have a Spa treatment and relax by the indoor pool, or outdoor pool enjoying the duck family (who have taken up residence there) with their brood. The Pavilion has complementary tea, coffee. iced cucumber water to re-hydrate, fruit and biscuits.
Take a trip on Sally-Ann down the river, supping a glass of something delicious and seeing the most wonderful bird life.
Food .. It’s not a Michelin star restaurant – but the food is good, wine list is getting better by the day and if you just want something light the brassiere is just the job (the bar stools are saddles)!!
Having stayed now several times we are totally hooked and will be back … Don’t think twice ….GO…..

Room Tip: The rooms are all quiet as the house is in the middle of its own grounds. If there is a party of yo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Such a beautifully written review, thank you. You are quite right you do not need to be a National Trust Member to visit us, but it is a sure thing that your stay with us is all the more special for the magical setting we enjoy, surrounded by such beautifully tended gardens. Through every season the garden is a joy, but I think perhaps May and June are my favourite as they the most colourful and with the long summer nights you can enjoy the views late into the evening. Hope you can visit again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We went here with friends for afternoon tea. As soon as we arrived we were made very welcome. There is a good choice of teas and the sandwiches, pastries and scones were to die for. Every taste is catered for and the amount provided was more than enough. We all enjoyed the historic surroundings and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a very pleasant afternoon and didn't want to leave. We will definitely be returning for a longer stay

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
That you didn't want to leave is always a good sign, happy to read that this was the case. When you feel like another treat in some rather special surrounding I hope we will hope back into your thoughts and that you are tempted to visit again. Kind regards
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Stayed here in the spring of 2012 with our large dog; booked directly by phone at the very last minute (three hours before arriving); arrived by car; stayed one night (enjoyed dinner and breakfast).

PLEASE NOTE:
the reason for this review appearing with such delay is that we have only now (May 2013) been able to finally fight our laziness in reviewing the more than 60 hotels and B&Bs we stayed at in 2012 and, so far, in 2013.
As everyday (!) users of this site, we feel we must make the effort of contributing - we also think that there aren't enough real reviews by real people (even on this site).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for including us in your round up of hotel reviews. So pleased you made mention of us being dog friendly, we certainly are. I know how loved dogs are by their owners and it is always a treat to be able to bring them along with you. The 376 acres of Cliveden Estate gives them more than enough space to explore and ware out their owners!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My partner and I, together with my twin brother and his wife, enjoyed a memorable couple of days at Cliveden as part of our extended 50th birthday celebrations.The hotel's architecture is wonderful and the grounds were spectacular. We booked the only two rooms with the modernised bathrooms - which were splendidly furnished (the Leoni and Wilde rooms); although the room lighting was a little over subtle, and would have been difficult to read by. The staff were very friendly, but some were not quite as efficient as you would expect from a hotel of this standing. We took a private boat trip on the Suzy Anne, and enjoyed afternoon tea and champagne on the short afternoon cruise - another lovely memory. My brother and I enjoyed a few frames of snooker, but the table is in need of repair. Food wise - I had read a few other reviews and was a bit concerned about what we might find; but I needn't have worrried - we ate in the Coach House the first night (which was fine, but very quiet the night we were there) and the following evening we enjoyed a lovely dinner in the main dining room. Relaxing by the pool on a sunny afternoon was super, although some of the guests in the hot tub were rather loud! One slight disappointment was that, despite the hotel knowing it was our 50th birthday's, there was no card in our room, or other small gesture to mark the event. Overall, the wonderful property and grounds ensured an excellent rating, although aspects of the hotel could be improved.

Room Tip: If you like a lovely modern bathroom, there are only two rooms to choose from - Leoni and Wilde
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sue W, General Manager at Cliveden House, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
So pleased to read that Cliveden and the team helped create so happy memories of times shared with members of your family. I was also happy to hear that you played the snooker table and indeed that you found it, as it is tucked away in a quiet corner of the hotel. That we are not quite perfect rings true but thank you for your very balanced review and we promise to keep working on the imperfections.
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Address: Taplow SL6 0JF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Taplow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Taplow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cliveden House 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland and with wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames. It is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present. ... more   less 
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