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Stunning and luxurious. The ultimate indulgence
Cliveden House Luxury Hotel (Berkshire)
Member Name: razzledooda
Cliveden House Luxury Hotel (Berkshire)
Advantages: Luxurious, relaxing, beautiful, romantic, delicious food, excellent service, a wonderful experience
Idyllic, sumptuous, old fashioned glamour. Cliveden exudes class, beauty and sophistication. The house is set in perfectly preened grounds, with gorgeous countryside views of the Thames.
It is well situated being near Heathrow Airport (for romantic getaways), Maidenhead and London. It can also be reachead easily by boat and there are moorings for guests who arrive by boat. The staff will be more than happy to send a car to pick up or drop off guests from the boat mooring at no extra cost.
Cliveden is a perfect romantic getaway. Enchanting and historic, the building is synonymous with sexual scandal. When I stayed, I saw a mixture of families with children, mature couples, young couples and female friends on relaxing spa breaks. I could imagine this would be an ideal place to spend a honey moon night.
The service on arrival is very good. We were offered tea and coffee in the drawing room (at no cost) whilst the documents were dealt with and brought to us. Our bags were taken care of and we were promptly shown to our room - we stayed on two different occasions and each time the rooms were the epitome of old fashioned glamour. Each room or suite is individually named and decorated in a particular theme e.g. Oriental.
The furnishings are comfortable, antique and beautiful. Do not expect modern. I have stayed at many top hotels and did immediately notice that the beds were supremely comfortable, the sheets ultra luxurious and smooth. Heavenly.
There is ample storage space and the bathrooms are spacious, marbled and well equipped with exceptionally delightful old fashioned baths and shower heads. A real delight to indulge in a foamy tub of bliss with your loved one.
The main building is worth exploring for there are many fine pieces of furniture, art and architecture to admire. A number of interesting books are provided in the rooms, including a history of Cliveden.
The dinner served was of a very high standard. Quite pricey, but very enjoyable. The breakfast was included in the room rate and was exceptionally good. Far above the usual hotel breakfast fare. The selections of foods available was copious and utterly delicious. All of the food and drink are of exceptionally high quality and freshness. As soon as you took a bite into the fine sausages, cakes, pastries or breads, you could tell they had not spared any expense at sourcing the finest quality ingredients and it definitely was a difference you could taste. The best breakfast I've ever had.
The spa area is pleasant and hotel guests are free to use the facilities. The indoor pool is quite old, but perfectly useable. I think this could benefit from some renovation. I had a back massage and it was pricey, but again utterly blissful and would happily have again, if money were no object.
I found all members of staff to be exceptionally helpful, discreet and eager to please. I felt treated like a queen and had a truly luxurious and relaxed stay on both occasions. The prices are high, but if you really want to treat yourself or a loved one, this place comes highly recommended.
Even if you don't stay the night here, you can visit just to walk around the grounds or have tea here. It's a truly unique and beautiful home.
n.b. check their website for late or off season room deals and you can sometimes get rooms for half price or less.
Summary: If you get the chance to visit, GO!
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