Few, if any, grand country house hotels can match Cliveden. Set high above the Thames, in 376 acres of National Trust-owned land, the stately home was built in 1666 for the second Duke of Buckingham and became the home of the Astor family in 1893. Today, Cliveden is under the same ownership as Chewton Glen, and a sympathetic programme of restoration and redecoration has left it looking quite ravishing. Its 48 bedrooms range from spectacular suites to deluxe doubles and include four with their own hot tubs. There’s even the three bedroom Spring Cottage, which is perfect for families. As for the food, it’s a choice of gourmet dishes in the amazing André Garrett Restaurant or informal ones in the charming former stables, now the Astor Grill, both courtesy of talented chef André Garrett. And now – drum roll – there’s a fabulous new spa. Cliveden was built for entertaining and no one, from Churchill to Chaplin, could resist an invitation – and nor should you. Doubles from £445.
Name to Know: André Garrett, head chef of both the André Garrett Restaurant and The Astor Grill. Ask him what inspires his dishes, he is very passionate about seasonal produce.
See: The Fountain of Love, as you enter the driveway. This dramatic fountain is the perfect picture opportunity. An original feature of the house, this iconic fountain has been featured in many movies.
Eat: Nancy Astor’s dinner parties were legendary, and today, dining is just as special. André Garrett at Cliveden, the restaurant in the restored main house is not to be missed.
Buy: A boat trip from the Cliveden boathouse. You can even have a vintage boat picnic too, tailor-made to your specification by the restaurant’s head chef.
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