Cliveden is a place of astounding grandeur - three dukes, an Earl, the Astors and a Prince of Wales have lived in and owned Cliveden, all have contributed to this most remarkable of stately homes. The River Thames flows through the estate and this wide band of water is glimpsed from the house and gardens, cruising Cliveden's reach in their vintage boats is one of the joys of summer.
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands, in beautiful English countryside in the Thames Valley and Chiltern Hills 45 minutes west of London, yet is conveniently located near to London Heathrow Airport and Windsor, only 20 minutes away.
Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames.
The setting, architecture and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement. But that’s not all. There is a palpable sense of history, for this is a house that for over 300 years has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics.
The interior of the house does nothing to disappoint the sense of anticipation created by the stately drive and imposing façade. As the uniformed footmen usher you into the Great Hall, you are overawed by the expanse of space and the profusion of detail.
Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, Harold Macmillan and so many more well known names from the past to the present.
All of Cliveden's rooms are individually decorated in an elegant country house style. Each has a king-size hand crafted bed - en-suite bathroom - fireplace. The Duchess of Sutherland's Spring Cottage is one of their best accommodation places. It is on the banks of The River Thames in a secluded area has two master bedrooms and a dressing room and a gothic domed ceiling, with a Drawing Room in which Queen Victoria used to take tea with Cliveden's owner.
The entranceway to their main restaurant Waldo's is lined with photographs from the Astor years, focusing on their guests, ranging from Henry Ford to Lloyd George. The restaurant has something of a reputation for offering the crème de la crème when it comes to cuisine. Here’s where you will find Chris Horridge, Cliveden's Executive Head Chef, and team present their award winning and increasingly internationally recognised cooking. A thorough understanding of nutritional biased techniques is the restaurant’s trademark proving that you can truly indulge without the guilt.
Starters of paillette of young vegetables and herbs, crisp wafer, pollen and paper lead the way. The sea is not overlooked and scallops poached in coconut oil are served with whipped shallot with capers.
Main courses offer Anjou pigeon with cep-cinnamon ‘dredging’ and watercress, or lamb loin accompanied by daub of wild garlic leaf, morels and honey comb. Desserts are very much in the classical tradition, starting with rhubarb and pineapple nougat glace, sugared almond helter skelter and beetroot.
For further details about entertaining at Cliveden or staying there, their Website
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Check in time is 15:00 pm. Check out time is 12:00 am.