This place is a treasure box full of rich history, spanning years; the meeting place of Christine Keeler and John Profumo and more recently, the hotel Meghan Markle stayed, the night before she married.
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What lies beyond the house is an immaculate lawn, pristine topiary and woodland stretching out to the River Thames; impressive gardens showing all the colours of Autumn during our stay. William Bertram, the architect in charge of the conversion from stately home to hotel in did a splendid job, with virtually no alteration Senior sex in Tampere the structure of the house.
The main aim was to bring Cliveden back to its Edwardian heyday.
The National Trust have lovingly looked after the property and its gardens with the utmost respect. He opens the door and asks for my reason for visiting. I look about the car park with its impressive array of swish expensive models and suddenly feel embarrassed about my blue VW covered in dog hairs and mud. But quite the professional, he ignores this. And with that, I make excuses aulesbury its messy interior, hand him the mawsage and blame it on the dog.
The staff here are exceptional; from the bellboy who is joyfully chatty, to the sommelier and receptionist; professional, unstuffy; clearly marvellous at their jobs. Spas have moved on a lot since the days of a simple jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and pool. Cliveden has all these, of course, plus a famous outdoor heated pool said to be the meeting place of Profumo and Keeler and two jacuzzis.
I enjoy the heat from the jacuzzi mixed with the cold from the crisp autumnal aylsebury air in the surrounds of the pretty walled garden. Nice and fairly simple. Over in the Grand Hall, its heavy crimson fabrics stir up a festive feel, the gothic style staircase sweeping up to the heavens, the fire crackling in the wonderfully 16th century carved fireplace, afternoon tea in full swing.
I bet the walls of this hotel could tell a few stories! At one point the Astors reigned when William Waldorf Astor brought the house in The French Dining room, its dazzling walls of gold and Rococo surroundings were once host to Churchill, Chaplin and Gandhi, is now an aspirational wedding destination.
No bed, sideboard or lamp at Cliveden is the same; everything is individual. One might fancy a glorious four-poster bed in the wood-panelled Canning suite.
The masculine snooker-hall type colours of the Mountbatten suite could suit another or a night sleeping in the very bed Queen Victoria once slumbered in in the Sutherland suite might appeal to another. I wonder which one Megan stayed in.?
Ours, said to be one of the best in the hotel, is quite simply, vast. We clean our teeth close to passers by enjoying the grounds on a day out, which I find rather amusing. Madeleine Peyroux plays in the background, the wood panelling feels intimate and the lighting sets the tone perfectly.
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The Profumo cocktail, created in memory of the scandal is a fruity ; gin mixed with strawberry liqueur, lychee and topped with pink fizz. This is quite the setting for a romantic occasion with a loved one. Autumn black truffle risotto is decadent and rich. The Longhorn Beef Wellington is perfectly pink, soft and tender with a delicate pastry, served with some Roscoff onions and a side of perfectly tender potato gratin.
Full to the famois, I decline dessert, until I see the blackberry mousse. I can see why people choose to come back here repeatedly, whether for afternoon tea or a weekend away.
Cliveden has a special spark about it, an atmosphere that encourages decadence yet utter relaxation, made all the better by such splendid staff.