Photos courtesy of Cliveden House
39 rooms, including 15 suites, and 1 cottage
Double rooms: £252–678
Rates include breakfast; VAT and £9 National Trust charge extra.
Special offers available
Open: all year
Taplow is 10 miles northwest of Windsor. From the M4 take Exit 7 at Slough West. Continue west on A4 towards Maidenhead, and then north on B476 towards Burnham. Trains depart for Taplow from London’s Paddington Station.
On site: indoor and outdoor
swimming pools; tennis;
squash; jogging routes; horse-back riding
Nearby: boating; 2 golf courses; Windsor Castle
Yes. Ceremonies in Mountbatten Suite or Lady Astor Suite. Exclusive use possible.
The ultimate in pure indulgence, Cliveden provides glorious surroundings, sumptuous rooms, and brilliantly prepared cuisine. It leaves you feeling like you’ve walked into the middle of a Masterpiece Theater series.
As you drive through 375 acres of peaceful grounds, you find worldly cares slipping away. No one rushes here. No one speaks in a loud voice. Life is civilized, sedate, and elegant.
Endless public rooms are highlighted with fine paintings, exquisite molded or wood-coffered ceilings, wooden columns flanked by medieval suits of armor, and fantastic Orkney tapestries.
Named after Cliveden’s former illustrious residents, most suites have sitting rooms, dressing rooms, and fireplaces. CD players permit the addition of atmospheric classical music. Books line the entrance hall to the Inchiquin Suite, with its lovely paintings and four-poster bed. The romantic Lady Astor’s suite features the original Elizabethan mantelpiece over the fireplace, a private sitting area and terrace, and sweeping views. Four staff members attend to each guest room.
Cliveden’s restaurants are considered among the finest in England. Six large windows overlook the gardens from The Terrace dining room. the more intimate Waldo’s features gourmet cuisine. At lunch, you can arrange for a specially packed Edwardian picnic hamper to take along on an excursion.
The only hotel in England that belongs to the National Trust
Vintage boats are available to cruise the Thames for riverbank picnics, afternoon teas, or champagne cruises.