National Trust Cliveden, Taplow

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With panoramic views of the River Thames, National Trust Cliveden provides an example of one of the world's finest luxury hotels. About 152 hectares (376 acres) of pristine countryside surround this stately home. Located close to London, the house provides a country getaway close to the city. Dine in style at chef Andre Garret's gourmet restaurant. Find the boathouse and take a cruise down the Thames, and in summer months try the afternoon champagne cruise. Explore the extensive gardens featuring multiple works of art, famously the "Fountain of Love," or get lost in the garden maze. Plan your visit to National Trust Cliveden and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Taplow attractions planner .
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  • We were only planning to visit for a couple of hours, but there is so much to see we stayed most of the day. Lovely walks through the wooded areas down to the river, quite a climb back up though! Beau...  more »
  • Stunning gardens, lovely family atmosphere. Really worth a visit. So much more to this place than just the Profumo Scandal!  more »
  • The gardens were mostly lovely but the map was really confusing. We booked a tour of the house and it was so disappointing. We walked through a few corridors looking at a couple of pictures. Hotel sta...  more »
  • Huge grounds, beautiful gardens and grand views. Go on a dry sunny day to get maximum enjoyment. Acres of space for children to run around and exhaust themselves. Lots of parking space available, but on some busy days they will restrict entry until parking space becomes available. Dogs not allowed in some parts of the estate. If the ground is wet, shoes and buggy wheels will pick up a lot of mud as you traipse around the estate. Visitor numbers can be large during half-term. The Orangery Cafe is split into two parts. The smaller section is best described as a cafe. The larger section has much more seating, and serves some decent food. Access to the house is controlled through the issue of timed tickets. Check the National Trust website to make sure the house is open if you particularly want entry to the property.
  • One of our favourite National Trusts, even though we have to drive about an hour to get there. We have two children (7&4) and there is so much for them to do. A great maze, good playground with cafe right next to it, plenty of picnic benches, interesting areas for the kids around the ponds and a huge woodland with a great play trail. The kids spend ages building dens, on the trees swings and playing in Clive's Den. The views across the Thames are lovely and the garden at the back of the hotel is large, pretty and offers plenty of areas for the kids to run around in. Loads of other things as well that there isn't space to mention. Couldn't recommend more.
  • Nice place it's confusing as some part are private and some parts are public but overall a good national trust to visit. Gardens are beautiful. loads to do and see. The rose garden is the best I have seen out of all the national trusts I have been to. The maze is fun as well it's actually a challenge.
  • There's two cafés in the orangery and the smaller one looks better to avoid wasps. The timed ticket tour of part of the house was informative and nice to do - paintings, history, viewing of some very nice rooms and nice views along the garden. Good walking down to the river and back up again. The map is useful. Do visit the chapel and the small cemetery while you are there. An enjoyable half day out.
  • Fantastic country house, but as it's now a luxury hotel you MUST check whether the house tours are on the day you want to visit. The tour is only £2, but you can only see inside the house on the tour (unless you are staying there.) You can phone to reserve a slot on the tour, there are only limited places. The grounds are big and very well landscaped, so you can easily spend a day walking around them and seeing some great views over the Thames. You can also book a 40-min boat trip along the river.

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