Berkshire, United Kingdom


Rates from (ex tax)$518.34

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP445.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Neoclassical pile-with-a-past


Bucolic Berkshire riverbank

A neoclassical manor perched on 376 beautiful acres of National Trust parkland, Cliveden hotel has an air of not-so-faded grandeur and glamour. A popular escape for politicos and the literati, and it was at the Cliveden’s gorgeous pool that John Profumo first laid eyes on Christine Keeler. Oh, and it’s also the home of the £100 club sandwich, said to be worth every penny.

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A half-bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates. Smith guests also get a free full-English breakfast each


Photos Cliveden facilities

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 $518.34 (£371), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP370.83), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.


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.

At the hotel

Pavilion spa, state-of-the-art Technogym 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.


Set in the rose- and lavender-filled gardens, the large, luxurious spa has both a heated indoor and an outdoor pool, a sauna, an aromatherapy steam room, an indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tubs, seven treatment rooms all with water mattresses, and a manicure, pedicure and hair dressing studio. Take your pick of OSKIA's nutritional facials and beauty guru, Sarah Chapman's 'Skinesis' facial treatments; or try one of the hotel's own unique body therapies, which use Cliveden's own brand of body products to relax and rejuvenate. All therapies begin with a foot-bathing ritual while your therapist works out your particular needs. There's also a spa restaurant, should you get peckish between pampering sessions.

Packing tips

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.


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. See more pet-friendly hotels in Berkshire.


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.


Extra beds can brought into rooms for £60 a night, plus VAT, and children are welcome throughout the hotel. Babysitting can be arranged for £8 an hour (£10 an hour after midnight), with a booking fee of £30 plus VAT.

Best for

Babies and up - children of all ages welcomed and catered for.

Recommended rooms

All rooms, except the Club category, have a sitting area; extra beds are available for £60 a night. Spring Cottage sleeps up to six and the private butler will organise children's activities.


Cliveden's large gardens are owned by the National Trust and are beautifully maintained (look out for the famous Tortoise Fountain) and an ideal environment for playing hide and seek. Children are welcome to use the snooker room, and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Staff can arrange helicopter rides for Little Lord Fauntleroys, or a drive in a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Swimming pool

Children are welcome in the indoor and outdoor pools, under parental supervision.


Children are allowed in the restaurant at all times. There's a kids' menu, serving staples like lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and home-made chicken nuggets (from around £7.50).


Babysitting can be arranged from £12.50 an hour. Please give at least 24 hours' notice.

No need to pack

There are DVD players in every room, and lots of child-friendly DVDs to borrow. Ask at reception to borrow a selection of toys and board games.


There are plenty of high chairs available in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos Cliveden food and drink

Top Table

Grab a table beside the André Garrett at Cliveden restaurant’s French windows, for the stunning views of the parterre.

Dress Code

A dapper ensemble for Mr Smith; something suitably decadent for his mistress. Leave your jeans at home.

Hotel restaurant

The chandeliered, portrait-lined André Garrett at Cliveden restaurant is overseen by the eponymous, Michelin-starred chef. His market lunch and dinner menus, and evening tasting menu are well suited to the refined surrounds including well-heeled – and locally sourced – dishes such as wild sea trout with Cornish mussels and St George mushrooms, braised belly of lamb with merguez sausages and fallow deer with salt-baked celeriac. There's also an extraordinarily decadent dessert menu with comforting rice pudding and marmalade, and creamy Paris Brest. Brunch and afternoon tea, and a less-formal gastropub-style menu is overseen by the renowned chef in the Astor Grill – a more casual yet cosmopolitan  eatery (formerly Lord Astor's stable block).  Dishes such as Tanqueray-cured Loch Duart salmon, gnocchi Romesco, burgers and steak with chimichurri (and a Waldorf salad, of course) hail from both sides of the Atlantic, much like the aristocratic family.

Hotel bar

Classical piano music adds a sparkle to the atmosphere in the Great Hall three nights a week, where guests sup signature Cliveden champagne cocktails and marvel at the majestic staircase, imposing fireplace and delightfully vintage furnishings.

Last orders

Both restaurants take last orders at 9.30pm, but there is some flexibility for hotel guests. Drinks and snacks are available 24 hours a day.

Room service

Full meals are available from 10am to 10pm and a snack menu can be served in-rooms throughout the night.


Photos Cliveden location
Cliveden House Taplow
United Kingdom


Land at London Heathrow and you'll be a 20-minute drive from Cliveden House. Gatwick's a little further (it should take 50 minutes).


The nearest station is Burnham, around four miles away. Trains from London Paddington take 30 minutes.


To get to the hotel on wheels, you’ll need to leave the M40 at Junction 2 and the M4 at Junction 7. From central London, the drive should take 40 minutes. From Maidenhead, take the A4 towards Slough.

Local restaurants

Cliveden is enviably close to the foodie village of Bray, where The Riverside Brasserie is located in an old boathouse and makes for great summer dining. The Roux brothers have The Waterside Innserving fine French cuisine at the end of a pretty lane.


Photos Cliveden reviews
Jake Knowles

Anonymous review

‘Follow the drive, past the water feature and we you can’t miss it,’ the National Trust gatekeeper tells us soon after we’ve turned off the Taplow Road and down brochure-pretty Berkshire country lanes. He isn’t kidding. A baby-faced angel rescuing a semi-naked stone dame is a fitting welcome to the ultimate country house hotel. The long, wide drive allows the view to sink in slowly and the horseshoe-shaped Italianate mansion at its end is breathtakingly beautiful, way beyond grand. Frankly, we are no longer Mr and Mrs Smith; we’ve just been made Lord and Lady.

An immaculately dressed footman with a suitably sophisticated French lilt waves us to a stop, and asks for the keys. Oh dear! Why hadn’t Monty the 10-year-old Saab been cleaned? Why had Mrs Smith spilled half a packet of crisps all over the centre console? And why-oh-why, was he parking it between two Aston Martins? We were both mildly horrified. Another polite man in a constricting eight-piece suit carries our bags and ushers us through the oak-panelled luxury of the great hall, past the three suits of armour and up the roomy staircase. Huge 18th-century portraits stare down at us, a Who’s Who of Anglo-American history, and I can’t help but think of the talking artworks in Harry Potter. I’m sure I can hear an oil-painting long-forgotten princess tut-tutting as we ascend.

Our calligraphied name has been added to the little brass holder on the door of the Gibson Superior Double Deluxe. And this is mid-range, apparently. With views back down the drive to the Fountain of Love water feature and to our left, the kind of clock tower that has graced many a silver screen. It’s reminiscent of a lifestyle once enjoyed by the Astors and now not many other than the Windsors or Wales, or whatever their surname is. Old-fashioned opulent English luxury in that chintz-and-blue-china-plates-on-the-wall way. Sotheby’s would have a field day. There is even an old writing desk where I can pen my review, and a make-up table for Mrs Smith, who has just thrown herself squealing onto the four-poster bed. (Later she is bitterly disappointed that the curtains are just for show and don’t actually close.) Elgar, naturally, is emanating from somewhere, and after inspection we discover it’s not from the walk-in wardrobe but from the modern radio in an antique console, now a tasteful 21st-century entertainment cabinet.

I pop down a level and sneak out onto a terrace for a crafty smoke. Terribly vulgar I know, but think of it as a tribute to Sir Winston, Cliveden’s most famous former resident. Palace of Versailles meets ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ in the palatial, manicured and staggeringly magnificent 376 acres of grounds. Beyond the trees lies the River Thames. It couldn’t be any more peaceful. The orange lights of London in the distance and the jumbo jets circling Heathrow don’t even taint the view, rather reinforce the fact that so close to the city, this is a haven, a retreat from the chaos. It’s a million miles away from the Capital and at least a hundred years apart.

After a night’s slumber, we realise how well we slept in that big, dark room. To try and revive ourselves, and make the most for this new taste we’ve acquired for how the other half live, we order a decadent fresh truffle and chive omelette then, more spoilingly, head for the Pavilion Spa. I recognise the outdoor pool as being the legendary scene of the start of the Profumo affair; namely thanks to having seen the film ‘Scandal’ rather than having been a fly-on-the-wall at Sixties’ soirées. Well, if you are going to muck about, you might as well do it in style. The spa and my deep-tissue sports massage are a fantastic pick-me-up – only I was disappointed not to spot any Christine Keeler types splashing about in the plunge pool. Mind you, they’d have be part Eskimo to survive its temperature.

Refreshed and virtuous we explore the grounds. Mrs Smith is determined to find the grotto, which Mrs Smith spies plotted on a map in the gardens, but hidden in reality. We see a chap having a beer in the sun with the papers and my own treasure hunt reaches completion. It’s the private members club and I ask the waitress if we can luncheon here. Not only is the answer resoundingly to the affirmative, but there is some mirth as the kindly waitress even asks if we’d like our veggie burgers rare or medium.

Pre-prandial ablutions beckon and we discover that as a salute to its cheeky Profumo-party heritage, the bubble bath fits two easily. And at a squint I can even make out the statue spot-lit at the end of the drive. Sure, if I were to nitpick I might mention that the yellow paint just above the bath is mottled and chipping but that just adds to the charm of this country house hotel steeped in history, doesn’t it?

Having heard less-than-glowing reports about the award-winning, but pretentious Compleat Angler in Marlow, we decide to stay put at Cliveden and plump for dinner at the garden-view-augmented Terrace Restaurant. As a vegetarian, I understand why most great chefs scoff meat – it’s hard to do gourmet fine dining with root crops alone (and even tougher to charge the same price for Broccoli Tart as Oven Roasted Noisette of Balmoral Estate Venison) – but I admire their determination. We retreat to the sumptuous grand hall in front of the fire, which has been besieged by a raucous wedding party. This stately home certainly makes for good people-watching with a whisky in hand.

Sunday morning comes around too quickly and we pack up our bags in near silence and head out for one last walk through an undiscovered part of this National Trust property’s grounds. Down the 170 steps to the idyllic bend in the Thames, rowing boats are for hire, as is the cottage where the disgraced politician used to stay. On our way back through the crispy Autumn woods we try to find the blessed grotto and fail again.

This standard and quality of living should be savoured by anyone lucky enough to be able to book such a special luxury hotel – even if only for 48 hours. Cliveden House is a place to fall head over heels not just with the wife or mistress, but back in love with life. We watch the vast historical house vanish in our rear-view mirror, and soon we are back on the busy road towards the M4. The music swells, the credits roll, it starts to rain and my windscreen wipers have stopped working. Not quite the Hollywood ending we'd hoped for.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Cliveden’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The setting, the bed was comfy, the pools, the outside jacuzzi and the spa. Bray is only a short drive away for foodie Mecca.

Don’t expect

Late night partying or activity.


Stayed on 10 Feb 2018

We loved

The beautiful interior, the stunning architecture and the history. The service was superb and we were looked after so well. The food in the André Garrett restaurant was excellent and we had a very restful, relaxing enjoyable break, celebrating a special birthday.


Stayed on 10 Jan 2018

We loved

The hot tub, the general service, the beautiful house, and the grounds and gardens.


Stayed on 9 Nov 2017

We loved

Everything! Especially the beautiful, newly-renovated spa, which is peaceful, relaxing and understated elegance and opulence – the signature style of Cliveden.


Stayed on 24 Sep 2017

We loved

Everything from the magnificent grounds to the beautifully appointed room; from the fascinating history of the house to the attentive but discreet service. From the moment we arrived, attended by the wonderful Alex, to the moment of departure, everything was perfectly executed. We are very aware that this is not by chance and is, in fact, very well executed and thoughtful team work. We felt welcomed and taken care of every step of the way. When there is a request, we were always provided a solution. The staff really aims to please and does it with a smile. And whatever you wish to do, do not miss afternoon tea in the Great Hall. It is a rare treat.

Don’t expect

To drop in without a reservation for tea or dinner. The team really likes to know ahead of time in order to welcome you properly. The spa and pool are currently closed until mid summer, as they are going through refurbishment.


Stayed on 29 Mar 2017

We loved

The rich historic nature of the property and the excellent service.

Don’t expect

A wild party.


Stayed on 12 Mar 2017

We loved

Excellent hotel, beautiful food and the staff were really lovely. We were given a little tour downstairs by a very knowledgable Michael. Alex and Aphrodite on reception told us of places to visit and things to do on an all too brief stay and we mustn't forget John who took care of our luggage and the hunters to keep our feet dry. The hotel being situate with the National Trust provides lovely extensive walks and beautiful gardens and all on the banks of the River Thames.

Don’t expect

Anything other than peace, quiet and attention to detail.


Stayed on 8 Mar 2017

We loved

Relaxed luxury, excellent customer service, beautiful gardens.

Don’t expect

Buzzing nightlife.


Stayed on 18 Nov 2016

We loved

Bedrooms were stunning, the beautiful public areas, walking on the stunning grounds, how pleasant the staff were.

Don’t expect

Staff were lovely, however at times they were stretched, so service was slow. I would stress they were all very friendly!


Stayed on 13 Nov 2016

We loved

The setting of the property. We traveled with our son, who is 11 years old.

Don’t expect

...modern rooms, although the bathrooms are modernised beautifully. High quality breakfast.


Stayed on 1 Oct 2016

We loved

We absolutely loved this gem. It's sets a new standard for historic hotels. The property is magnificent. The main building is overwhelming with its regal presence. The rooms had been tastefully renovated allowing you to feel that you are travelling back in time. It is a must. Taplow is also worth a visit

Don’t expect

Don't expect a great culinary experience. Besides the wonderful cocktails at the beautiful bar, the two restaurants could be easily avoided, from breakfast (pretty plain) to the overvalued dinner at André Garrett.


Stayed on 23 Sep 2016

We loved

Mix of superb hotel with impeccable NT gardens. Wonderful! Sit in the National Trust rose garden in the early morning with the sun on your face and the smell of flowers. Definitely one of life's memorable moments!

Don’t expect

Boredom. We did our 10000 daily steps without realising it!


Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The lusciously comfortable bed and bedding. The outdoor pool. The beautiful, peaceful surroundings. 10/10


Stayed on 17 Jul 2016

We loved

Historic building, furnishings, food, ambience, friendly and non-pretentious staff

Don’t expect



Stayed on 25 Jun 2016

We loved

The beautiful decor of the room and the common areas, the view from the restaurant and the balcony, the vast and peaceful land, well maintained gardens, and the attentive service. Champagne cruise was fantastic too - our guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much! Recommend Waterside Inn (lunch is of particularly good value and the view is beautiful). 10/10

Don’t expect

The spa was dated, the hot tubs were not working and the indoor pool broke down while we were there and we had to swim outdoor.


Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

We loved Cliveden it's the best. Recommend visiting Disraeili Mansion

Don’t expect

Anything but 1st class


Stayed on 15 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything - The staff led by manager Michael are all absolutely fantastic. Stuff of dreams.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 3 Jun 2016

We loved

The whole experience

Don’t expect

To pay full price


Stayed on 20 Apr 2016

We loved

Returned 19 years after our Wedding held there. The room and the hotel felt just as magical and we loved reliving the event - it gave us an emotional experience. Beautiful grounds. Why would you want to leave?

Don’t expect

Spa had no vacancies which is not good considering the price paid they should always have options for guests at that level hotel. Restaurant did not live up to expectations: dinner was OK but not stellar considering the price. At breakfast we were seated quickly but had to wait a very long time for a menu finally having to ask for one. The server apologised but then stated that they had not had any left! I never heard that before - really they should have more than enough and at the least they could have taken our drinks order and then came back for the food, once the food arrived really not impressive. 


Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

The grounds; the restaurant; the room; the proximity to lots of other lovely restaurants. Waterside Inn in Bray was worth every one of its Michelin stars. The Royal Oak was also very good.

Don’t expect

A luxury spa or children's facilities.


Stayed on 23 Mar 2016