What to See: Cliveden

Cliveden House, former home of Lady Astor, set in 376 acres on cliffs 200 feet above the Thames, is now a hotel, but its gardens are owned by the National Trust, and are open to the public. The gardens comprise a formal area and very extensive woodland with walks.

Cliveden is unique. One of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by magnificent formal gardens and parkland. It is arguably the finest of luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. From the moment you are ushered into the beautiful Great Hall with its grand fireplace, oak panelling and priceless artworks, our aim is to ensure you feel like a treasured, personal guest. You’ll be treated to the very highest standards of quality, with excellence in every detail. Where else can you be surrounded by such extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement, but at the same time feel so welcomed and at ease? Cliveden is, at heart, a charming country house hotel where you can come away to escape, relax and be indulged at every opportunity.

The house itself is a grand Italianate mansion with a palpable sense of history. For over three centuries it has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics and been called home by some of the most famous names in English and American history, including three Dukes, the Prince of Wales and, of course, the Astors.

Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland, yet is still conveniently near to London and Heathrow Airport. The chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, afford visitors to the house panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the River Thames.

Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present.