This Boutique Hotel in Berkshire Is the Perfect British Escape

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Cliveden House, now proudly part of Hyatt Hotels after acquiring Mr & Mrs Smith, is an extraordinary mansion that flawlessly combines timeless elegance with contemporary luxury. The property has a rich heritage dating back centuries; Queen Victoria frequented it, and it also holds a special significance in recent history as Meghan Markle –  the Duchess of Sussex, chose to stay here the eve before her wedding to Prince Harry.

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Nestled in the idyllic British countryside of Berkshire, less than an hour away from London, the magnificent mansion, built by the second Duke of Buckingham in 1666, has hosted royalty and affluent individuals for centuries. Now a lavish hotel, Cliveden House offers a sanctuary for those searching for an unforgettable escape.

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Upon stepping inside Cliveden House, the scent of polished wood and aged leather mingles with the subtle notes of fresh flowers. The walls proudly display an exquisite art collection, adding an extra touch of opulence to the overall ambiance.

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The hotel has 47 spacious rooms and suites in the main mansion, as well as a private three-bedroom Spring Cottage. Each room is named after a distinguished past guest, ranging from notable playwright George Bernard Shaw to esteemed members of royalty like Prince Albert and Lord Astor. The decor seamlessly combines classic elegance with modern comfort, featuring plush antique furnishings, high ceilings, exquisite four-poster beds, lavish marble bathrooms, and distinctive period accents. Staying here feels like stepping into a chapter of history. 

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The award-winning spa offers a sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation, where expert therapists provide personalized wellness experiences. Guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, tennis courts, and state-of-the-art gym. With serene surroundings and exceptional service, this spa is the ultimate destination for unwinding, recharging, and embracing tranquility.

The culinary experiences at Cliveden House are nothing short of exceptional. The Cliveden Dining Room offers a fine dining experience with a menu celebrating British and European cuisine. For a more relaxed but equally delightful experience, The Astor Grill has a charming ambiance and an array of delectable dishes that focus on a mixture of classic American and British dishes.

Afternoon tea at the hotel is a time-honored tradition, served in the elegant surroundings of the Great Hall or the Terrace Dining Room. Indulge in the quintessentially British experience, complete with a selection of finely brewed teas, an exquisite array of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and a tempting assortment of divine pastries.

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Room rates at Cliveden House start at £445.00 to £2,250 for the Spring Cottage. Whether you’re drawn to its storied past, the breathtaking natural surroundings, or the impeccable service that defines this prestigious estate, a visit to Cliveden House promises an experience of indulgence, relaxation, and sheer British charm. You’ll leave feeling like royalty.

Top Takeaways

Location: Berkshire, England

Address: Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire, England SL6 0JF

Rating: Five-star

The Vibe: Walking through the grand halls of Cliveden House feels like stepping into a glamorous time capsule where history, luxury, and charm seamlessly intertwine.

Food + Drink (restaurants in the hotel): The Cliveden Dining Room, The Astor Grill, Great Royal Gardens Afternoon Tea

Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: The gardens, the spa, and the Cliveden Dining Room.

Amenities: 24-hour room service; Boutique and Spa Shop; Car parking; Children’s activities; Complimentary access to National Trust gardens and parkland; Concierge service; Guided tours and excursions.

What’s Nearby? Windsor Castle, Legoland, Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta, Henley Festival, Bicester Village and Polo at Emsworth. 

Any neighborhood personal recs? Several historical royal landmarks are nearby, including Windsor Castle (including St George’s Chapel), Frogmore House, and Highclere Castle.

Number of rooms: 47 bedrooms and suites and a three-bedroom private Spring Cottage

Pricing: Room rates start at £445.00 to £2,250 (Spring Cottage)

Closest Airport: London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

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