Need To Know
47 rooms, including 15 spacious suites. There’s also Spring Cottage, a freestanding summerhouse by the Thames that sleeps up to six.
11am. Later check-out is possible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $328.94 (£250), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is not usually included in room rates. A £12 National Trust donation a person (£6 per child) must be paid at check-out. For non-guests a donation of £7 at lunch or £2 at dinner is charged.
The spa will be closed for refurbishment from September 5, 2016, till March 31, 2017; during this time, treatments will be carried out in the main hotel, and the fitness suite will remain available.. The sauna and steam room are currently both unavailable. Construction work on the east and west terraces will be carried out till 31 July 2016 – this will temporarily affect the views in Canning, Sutherland, Lady Astor Terrace, Tote, Boudoir, Shrewsbury, Stanford and Mansion terrace rooms, and the French Dining Room. From 19 September to 31 October 2016, the André Garrett restaurant will be closed at lunchtime (from 10am to 6.30pm), due to nise disruption from the construction work. Instead, guests can enjoy lunch in the Astor Grill, or afternoon tea in the Great Hall.
At the hotel
Pavilion spa, gym, snooker room, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, boathouse with three boats, helipad, library, DVD/CD selection. In-room amenities: TV, DVD/CD player, roll-top baths, under-floor heating.
Our favourite rooms
Each one of Cliveden’s rooms – named after the illustrious personalities who have been part of the manor’s checkered history – has something uniquely appealing about it. But if forced to pick favourites, the Henry James suite, with its 10-mile view of rolling countryside from its marble bath tub, the Sutherland room with its palette of soft pastels and its astonishingly ornate chimneypiece, and the Chinese room, which is light, airy and impeccably styled in light golds, are all pretty special. Ask for a suite in the main house, overlooking the gardens, rather than rooms on the ground floor, which are located by the car park.
The Pavilion Spa boasts a heated indoor pool surrounded by loungers. The walled garden – the amorous arbour that kick-started the Profumo affair – is home to the heated outdoor pool, where waiters serve drinks and snacks to reclining guests.
Brush up on your Great Brit literature and bring something by George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling or Joyce Grenfell: they all spent time at Cliveden. On a more prosaic note, bring tipping change in case your car is given a clean.
Take a pleasure trip by river – Cliveden has a flotilla of boats. Cliveden has its own three-bedroom riverside guesthouse, Spring Cottage, where you can request a butler to see to your whims for an extra charge. This holiday house also has history: Profumo and friends frolicked here in the run-up to the huge political scandal in the Sixties.
Pets are more than welcome – for £35 a night Fido gets a welcome pack with treats and a dog bed. A special meal from the chef's doggy menu will also be served in room.
Extra beds can brought into rooms for £60 a night, plus VAT, and children are welcome throughout the hotel. Babysitting is £8 an hour (£10 an hour after midnight), with a booking fee of £30 plus VAT. There's a considered kids' menu in the restaurant.