Cliveden House – Taplow, Berkshire
Built for the second Duke of Buckingham’s mistress in 1666, Cliveden House is an iconic property famed as a five-star setting for lavish entertaining and scandal. Standing in 376 acres of magnificent National Trust gardens and parkland, the hotel has 47 spacious rooms and suites in the elegant main mansion. Not forgetting Spring Cottage, a summerhouse on the banks of the River Thames, which is the ultimate in privacy and escapism. The property has two outstanding restaurants: the opulent chandeliered Cliveden Dining Room, which is complemented by the relaxed informality of The Astor Grill. A luxurious spa, open to members and hotel guests is the spot for relaxation; unwind by the indoor pool before wandering into the garden where you will find the ‘Profumo’ pool – the last remaining listed outdoor pool in England. Cliveden is imbued with a palpable sense of history, for this is a house that, for over 350 years, has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics.
Club Room from £580
+44 (0)1628 607107; clivedenhouse.co.uk
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