Best picnic spot
Your poised to take on the best of Berkshire – if you can prise yourself from Cliveden's own spectacular grounds. Henley-on-Thames offers historic homes such as Stonor (www.stonor.com), butterfly-magnet Warburg Nature Reserve (www.bbowt.org.uk), plus top-drawer alco-palace, the Chiltern Valley Vineyard and Brewery (www.chilternvalley.co.uk). Windsor Castle (www.royal.gov.uk), the oldest continuously occupied castle in the world, is the area’s biggest tourist attraction, and rightly so, given its impressive size and condition.
Don’t be deceived by the tranquility of this patch of pastoral bliss. This riverbank retreat was a rendezvous for fun and frolics that inspired a violent political storm in the early Sixties. Now-notorious showgirl Christine Keeler was staying right here at Spring Cottage with Stephen Ward when she met John Profumo at a house party at Lord Astor’s mansion. So you can’t stay here without being au fait with what this union led to – make sure you've either watched or packed the film Scandal.
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Smith extra at Spring Cottage
Afternoon tea at the cottage, for up to six people, on a day of your choice during your stay