Cliveden House – Taplow, Berkshire
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Can any other grand country house hotel match Cliveden? Set high above the Thames, in 376 acres of National Trust-owned land, this stately home was built in 1666 for the second Duke of Buckingham and became home to the Astor family in 1893. Its recent restoration has left it looking quite ravishing with 47 bedrooms that range from spectacular suites to deluxe doubles and include four with their own hot tubs. Let’s not forget Spring Cottage, hidden in the grounds – this beautiful three bedroom home sits on the banks of the River Thames and is the perfect retreat for the utmost in privacy and escapism. As for food, the choice includes gourmet dishes in the amazing Cliveden Dining Room or a more informal menu at the Astor Grill, both courtesy of talented executive head chef, Paul O’Neill. The unveiling of the fabulous new spa in 2017 added the final layer of icing to this very celebratory cake. Cliveden was built for entertaining and no one, from Churchill to Chaplin, could resist an invitation. Nor should you.
Doubles from £445
+44 (0)1628 607107; clivedenhouse.co.uk