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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cliveden House Hotel Taplow
- Cliveden House Taplow, UK - England