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“Always wanted to see this place”

National Trust Cliveden
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Taplow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Over 370 acres of picturesque gardens and woodlands set high above the River Thames in Buckinghamshire.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

They do timed tours of the hotel on Thursdays and Sundays at 3pm to 5.30pm. The later you arrive the more likely you will have a later tour (we went on a Sunday). Don't expect to see The Pool as it is part of the Spa now. The tour is very informative but restricted to just part of the ground floor. The reception & sitting area is just magnificent. It was a mega hot day when we went so very exhausting walking the extensive gardens - the church was open too and that is certainly worth a look. An ambition achieved - just got to stop there now but can't decide what colour Aston Martin to purchase for the stay - there were 6 there....almost common!!!

Thank PaulineT
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Perched above a lovely stretch of the Thames the house is well worth a vist, parts are always available but the main roooms, now an hotel, are open on I believe Thursday and Sunday. The gardens, riverside cottages, boathouses, statues and a chapel are dotted throughout the 300+ acres of grounds. (Don't mention Profumo) There are fountains , secret gardens and boats for hire on the river.(Including lovely Edwardian craft booked fromthe hotel)
There are 2 NT cafes, one in the orangery near the main house and the Dovecote for a coffee.At abot £28 you can have afternoon tea in the hotel itself.

Thank lizandianp
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

If you like English country houses and large gardens, then this is somewhere to go. Not far from London. Cliveden is in prime position overlooking part of the Thames. A National Trust property and hotel, but caters for and attracts a huge amount of visitors on a hot Sunday in July.

There is a fee to enter the gardens (8.60 for adults) and another for the house which is now a hotel. However, for some reason we were not charged to enter, 2 of us had a lifetime membership to the National Trust, so free entry is permitted, but perhaps as the other 2 live in the USA (including the driver of the car) who forgot for a split second which side of the road he should be on, they let us in for free - or maybe it was one of the free entry days the National Trust run at certain points during the year.

The house is not open until 3pm and were on timed visits, so unfortunately we were unable to tour inside the house due to our schedule. However the gardens were wonderful to walk in and the views of the river, including a boat trip down the river were on offer if you were so inclined.

This is the perfect place to take a picnic to and find a secluded place in the shade with a great book to while away a sunday. The beauty was that they did not restrict where you would go, the lawn was not out of bounds, and the walled garden was a pleasant place to walk. Down by the river in particular was extremely enjoyable, just remember that you have to walk all the way back up that hill again and there are rather a lot of stairs.

The kids playground was overflowing with children and was well thought out for them to have a lot of things to play on.

The shop was a little disappointing in the selection as to what they had available, but then it all comes down to someones personal preference.

Ice creams and cold drinks were available and the Orangery offered food. However the salads, did not look that appetizing. This is not a reflection on what was on offer but generally more that the British do not really 'do salads' so there is a bit of a lack of creativity here - sadly a lettuce leaf and a quarter of a tomato is not a salad made. In addition due to it being extremely hot - also a very rare occurrence in Britain, it tended to make the food look very heavy rather than light and appetizing.

Drinks were available and they also made available water out of the cooler. Sitting in the orangery was nice at the far end as that part was in some shade at the time of day we were there. Sitting outside was far too hot, as was up in the area where the more substantial meals were being served as there was no shade with the sun beating down through the glass and only some of the tables outside had sun umbrellas.

Weather in the UK is always a difficulty it tends to swing from one extreme to the other, and you can almost guarantee if you bought umbrellas for each outdoor table you would not use them for the next 10 years during the summer as it would be too wet or the sun would be permanently hidden behind clouds - do not buy umbrellas and you virtually guarantee yourself a heatwave for weeks on end!

Upon leaving Cliveden we popped into The Feathers pub which is a little way down the road and is owned by the Chef and Brewers chain. This was an absolutely lovely find. They serve food all day and it was excellent. Seating outside (with umbrellas) in a lovely courtyard, or you could sit out in the grassed area if you had children with you. Inside is air conditioned as well. The food was excellent and service very good - well worth a side trip.

Thank Peuta
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Most famously owned by the Astors and known for the Profumo affair. Also the place where a King suffered minor injury while playing cricket and died of an infected wound. The National Trust at its best with large informal grounds and some more formal gardens with flower beds and small lakes/ponds. The River Thames passes by and the views from the terrace are impressive: note that the terrace is about to undergo major repairs and that the main stairway to the garden is closed. Access to the house is limited as it is on a long term lease to an upmarket hotel chain. There are woodland walks (with a separate entrance and car park) that have spectacular views across the Thames valley. The Orangery now has two serveries and some pleasant shady outdoor seating.

Thank Martin T
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

After a really disappointing experience at the Bath Priory, my husband booked a couple of days at Clivedon to celebrate my 50th birthday. From the minute we arrived ,embarrassingly early , to the moment we had to leave at great speed to get back home as our youngest daughter had been taken ill, we were treated as very valued guests. Nothing was too much trouble. We had to leave at 4 pm which meant that by rights they do not need to credit our room but they did this without a quibble. The grounds are stunning and I will not hesitate to visit again when I will able to hopefully take advantage of everything Clivedon has to offer.

Thank Lorri N
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