Cliveden

Cliveden

*****

Ever since John Profumo first laid eyes on Christine Keeler as she basked in Cliveden’s pool, it’s been clear that this Berkshire boutique hotel was destined to be a Mr & Mrs Smith retreat of choice. As well as being a celebrated haunt for politicos and literati, this majestic neoclassical manor, with its air of faded grandeur, is the proud birthplace of the £100 club sandwich – worth every penny, we’re relieved to add.

Highlights:

  • One of England’s most infamous and distinguished historic homes

  • Fine French cuisine in a brace of gourmet eateries

  • Inspiring Berkshire greenery on the banks of the Thames

Smith extra

20 per cent off all spa treatments

In the know

Also need to know:

Pets are more than welcome – dog beds are available and the chef has prepared a special doggy menu for pampered pooches.Take a pleasure trip by river or air – Cliveden has a flotilla of boats and a fleet of helicopters you can hire. Cliveden has its own three-bedroom riverside guesthouse, Spring Cottage which comes equipped with a butler. This holiday house also has history: Profumo and friends frolicked here in the run-up to the huge political scandal in the Sixties.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

‘Follow the drive, past the water feature and we you can’t miss it,’ the National Trust gatekeeper tells us soon after we’ve turned off the Taplow Road and down brochure-pretty Berkshire country lanes. He isn’t kidding. A baby-faced angel rescuing a semi-naked stone dame is a fitting welcome to the ultimate country house hotel. The long, wide drive allows the view to sink in slowly and the horseshoe-shaped Italianate mansion at its end is breathtakingly beautiful, way beyond grand. Frankly, we are no longer Mr and Mrs Smith; we’ve just been made Lord and Lady.

An immaculately dressed footman

Accommodation details

Address:

Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF, United Kingdom
Berkshire
United Kingdom

Location:

6.2 mi / 9.9 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

 The chandeliered, portrait-lined Terrace Dining Room offers contemporary French cuisine, with a fine line in Sunday lunch.

Top table:

Grab a table beside the Terrace Dining Room’s French windows for the stunning views of the parterre. In Waldo’s, go for the added intimacy of a booth.

Last orders:

Both restaurants take last orders at 9.30pm, but there is some flexibility for hotel guests. Drinks and snacks are available 24 hours a day.

Room service:

Full meals are available from 10am to 10pm and a snack menu can be served in-rooms throughout the night.

Hotel bar:

Classical piano music adds a sparkle to the atmosphere in the Great Hall three nights a week, where guests sup signature Cliveden champagne cocktails and marvel at the majestic staircase, imposing fireplace and delightfully vintage furnishings.

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