A privately-owned, Grade I listed country house hotel, Cliveden has been the decadent backdrop for iconic parties, scandalous affairs and a hideaway for powerful personalities for over three centuries. Set on 376 acres of National Trust grounds, the luxurious hotel commands panoramic views of the Berkshire countryside and looks out over formal gardens and woodland, boasting an amphitheatre where it is said that the first recital of “Rule Britannia” was played.
The main house contains 46 rooms and suites, many boasting fireplaces and some featuring hot tubs on private terraces. Self-contained luxury accommodation is on offer at Spring Cottage, a stunning three-bedroom private house nestled on the banks of the River Thames. Behind the walled garden, among the lavender bushes and fragrant roses, lies the spa offering an oasis of calm for true relaxation and well-being. Here one finds an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a gym and seven treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room plus one indoor and two outdoor tennis courts. The spa also has its own kitchen for healthy meals and indulgent cocktails by the pool.
Award-winning modern British cuisine is served in The Cliveden Dining Room and more casual dining is found at the Equestrian-themed Astor Grill, located in the stable block. Legendary Afternoon Teas are served in the Great Hall on Sundays and The Cliveden Dining Room on other days.
Cliveden hit the headlines in the early 60’s when two house parties collided by the swimming pool; Viscount Astor’s party included John Profumo, then the Secretary of State for War, and Stephen Ward, the resident osteopath who lived in Spring Cottage invited Christine Keeler. Profumo and Keeler began a three-month affair which later ended in Profumo’s resignation and the downfall of the Macmillan government.
- Spa aficionados
- Illicit affairs
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
- Get lost in the maze
- Jog or stroll around the woodland fitness trails
- Play giant games in the water garden
- Play tennis on one of the three courts
- Relax in the spa
- Host a private party
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Indulge in traditional country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting and falconry
- Take a segway tour through the surrounding countryside
- Challenge yourself with an escape room experience
- Go foraging for wild produce with a local expert