A Visit to Cliveden House Hotel

A Visit to Cliveden House

Ever wanted to live ‘like the other half’ or step back in time to a gentler age? A stay at Cliveden House means that you really can.

Cliveden House has been nestled in Buckinghamshire for over 450 years now and it has seen its share of splendour and scandal. Built as a romantic bolt hole and pleasure palace by the Duke of Buckingham, it has been home to Lords, Ladies, Dukes, Duchesses and even a Prince of Wales. In 1893 it was purchased by William Waldorf Astor and the house remained in the Astor family until 1942. The estate is open as part of the National Trust but one of the best ways to experience this wonderful property is to stay at Cliveden House.

The lounge at Cliveden

The lounge at Cliveden

The National Trust offers guided tours through Cliveden House but to protect the privacy of guests, photographs are not allowed. As a guest of the hotel, not only can you take photographs but you are free to wander pretty much wherever you like. I was even invited by a member of staff to “Make yourself comfortable and enjoy a book in the library”. I didn’t have to be asked twice!

Cliveden House Hotel

The library at Cliveden House Hotel

We stayed at Cliveden with friends, attending one of their entertainment evenings and black tie dinners. Before getting ready for the event we relaxed in Lady Astor’s study which has fabulous views over the grounds. Hotel guests can hide away here, almost undisturbed, with a book or newspaper and a cup of tea.

Visiting Cliveden House

Lady Astor’s Study

We really could not have felt more welcome.

Cliveden House Hotel

The rooms and suites are beautifully laid out and very luxurious. Each room is named after a prominent guest or figure from Cliveden’s past. My husband and I stayed in the Garbaldi suite.

Cliveden Houe Hotel

The Garibaldi Suite

I loved how cosy and welcoming it was. The bathrooms was well appointed and very beautiful, complete with chandelier. The suite featured everything you could want from internet access to a full length mirror. There were plenty of places to sit and relax and the bed was very comfortable too!

If you are visiting with your family and money is no object, you can rent out Spring Cottage, a separate property on the estate. Spring Cottage figured prominently in the Profumo Affair, perhaps the most scandalous of all the events at Cliveden. You can also visit the well appointed spa and enjoy a dip in the very famous swimming pool, where it all began.

My husband, our friends and I attended one of the special events held throughout the year, a show featuring British actor Robert Powell in the lounge before a black tie dinner in the dining room. It was a fantastic evening. Later, after enjoying a nightcap, we made our way back to our rooms. There is something magical about walking along a corridor full of priceless artwork and sculpture in an evening dress on the way back to your suite. I felt like Cinderella.

The following morning after a very comfortable night’s sleep, we enjoyed breakfast in the dining room overlooking the grounds. It was a cloudy day but the view was still stunning.

Breakfast at Cliveden House

Later we enjoyed a refreshing walk in the grounds.

Walks at Cliveden HouseYou could explore the estate for hours, there is so much to see. It had been a wonderful couple of days. My husband and I made our short journey home in the late afternoon, promising ourselves a return visit to the wonderful Cliveden House very soon.

Disclosure: My husband and I stayed at Cliveden House at our own expense.

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  1. What a wonderful place – it really feels like you were able to ‘live’ there rather than ‘visit’ during your stay. I’d love to do the Cinderella thing too!

  2. I think I could sit in that library for hours and read. Such a beautiful room! So picturesque. This looks like an amazing place to stay. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  3. Wow, this looks sumptuous. I hope you brought some Bronte to get in the mood. Thanks for posting. Hello from Inspire Me Wednesday.

  4. What a ‘country’ house! I live in the country and my house certainly doesn’t look at all like this one! I love the library. This place would be so fun to stay at.

  5. What an fantastic place to stay! I can totally imagine your experience walking through the hall and feeling like Cinderella. 🙂 Btw, you’ve educated me … I had no idea what bolt hole meant; now I do!


    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Shirley 🙂 It’s funny the little expressions (like bolt hole) we have over here in England – I must write a post about some of them!

  6. What an incredible property. I would love to stay there and pretend it was my home. 🙂 Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I’m sure you did feel like Cinderella. I believe every woman should feel that way at least once in her life.

  7. Oh wow, that hotel looks absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Jacqui Odell says:

    Such a nice hotel!! I really love the beds headboard!

  9. What a nice tour you gave us! We love stately homes and manors!

  10. That room look very cozy and luxurious. I can see myself staying there 🙂

  11. Lisa Jones says:

    What A Beautiful Place To Stay Looks So Relaxing & Comfy. Would Love To Visit & Stay There One Day Soon!!

  12. I love it! The library is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have a library like that someday!

  13. OH! Would love to visit but would be afraid I would never want to leave!

    April- if you are a reader you might like Minding the Manor: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid.

    Thanks so much for my mini vacation!


    • Cliveden really is hard to leave, Linda! I am a reader and Minding the Manor sounds like a book I would love. Thank you for recommending it and for your lovely comment 🙂

  14. What a beautiful house! That library looks fabulous.


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