You know that old dinner party question…. “If I were to go to any hotel in the country to immerse myself in history/culture/beauty and unrivalled service… where would I go?”
No? Well lucky for you, you will never have to ask … why? Because I have your answer, and the answer is without hesitation, Cliveden House. All 375 exquisite Acres of it.
The rooms range from “Churchill to Chaplin, to Orkney and Sutherland to the Prince of Wales”. Each is decorated differently and so provides a totally unique experience. They are all furnished with unique decor, grand/four poster beds, large paintings and incredibly luxurious furnishings. It means that you can return without having exactly the same experience… I am sold.
I stayed in Spencer, (Named after famed artist Sir Stanley Spencer) which along with all of the other suites comes with an entire history of the room and its naming. In the west wing, it has views of Grand Drive and front of the House. Its scheme is pale blues, greys and whites, and remaining in the traditional style of its namesake, has a number of attention demanding paintings. As a perfect addition, it has a huge living room with tonnes of natural light. Frankly, had I not had a check out time, I could have set up camp in there with their Cliveden shortbread for another day or two at least.
As a little convenient hop between the centuries, almost everything can be done/ordered/connected/booked through your individual individual guest ipads. From spa bookings, to room service, to excursions.
They really go out of their way to prepare one off, bespoke settings /dinners /experiences for their guests.
They also cater riverside picnics for an extra special occasions, or as Queen Elizabeth calls it when she stays there, Wednesday…