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“Great potential”

National Trust Cliveden
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Taplow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Over 370 acres of picturesque gardens and woodlands set high above the River Thames in Buckinghamshire.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Late April visit in the rain, so the gardens were not at their best. The maze is small but tricky, and also liable to the odd puddle. Plenty of grass and grounds to cover so walking boots are the choice of the day, especially when wet. The view from the currently being restored terrace is outstanding; but the hotel is not part of the National Trust property.

Smallish car park, but adequate food and drink. Best time to visit is probably May.

Thank Philip S
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Cliveden House is set within very extensive grounds which are well maintained. The lawn area behind the house has some exquisite topiary within which there are flower displays which change through the seasons. The grass and edges set my lawn to shame ;-( Beyond this lawned area are very extensive grounds which are lovely to walk within whatever the weather!
The long drive sweeping up to the front of this house is stunning. At the beginning of the drive, with the house set at the far end, is a beautiful fountain which is worth walking around just to admire the details of the sculpture in the middle. It's worth walking on the grass as particularly in summer, whenever cars go by, lots of dust is unsettled.
Both the house and garden are very well worth visiting but in order to fully appreciate this wonderful house and garden I'd recommend at least one visit and some decent walking boots! This house has a long fascinating history with some national scandal involved relatively recently (in the scheme of things) and well worth reading up on before you go if possible.
There are two cafe areas; one in a very large conservatory attached to the house and one in the car park. The food offered in the cafe isn't as extensive but the sandwiches are lovely and the same as the ones in the conservatory, having been made in the house. There are more cakes on offer in the conservatory cafe. Whilst the sandwiches are lovely they're not cheap either, but they do use good quality ingredients and nice bread.
This is an excellent place to let the children run, albeit keeping an eye on them with water around. Great place to tire the little darlings out. However, ball games are not allowed. Worth taking a camera as there are some stunning backdrops, scenery and flowers.
I love coming here even when it's raining as it's then very quiet and peaceful. In the parts of the garden/woods further out you can hear, particularly in Spring, the beautiful sound of different species of birds.
This place is expensive to get into, but it is worth taking out a National Trust membership as you'd soon get your monies worth, visiting other places. There are all types of membership and sometimes you can pick up a special promotional deal of fifteen months membership for the price of twelve months. Membership covers car parking in all National Trust car parks and you are sent details of all NT properties and/or gardens In the UK.

Thank M R
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Cliveden sits in such a stunning location and the terrace is a thing of wonder - currently being restored. Whilst the house itself is now an hotel - you can explore the gardens and grounds at leisure and there are plenty of places to have refreshments and snacks/meals in the grounds. The National Trust is doing lots of work to restore the grounds and gardens. It is a place of wonder and grand ambition and not inconsiderable beauty.

Thank johnrichardyoung
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Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

I we to Cliveden with my mum, it's not far from where she lives but we'd never bothered to go before as it's so close by. It was a bit of a drizzly day and the gardeners were replanting for the summer so not a lot of colour in the gardens, but still a charming location with fantastic views along the Thames Valley. We bumped into a volunteer in the garden who was very very helpful, recommending where was good to see on a short visit. Tea and cake were excellent, as you'd expect from a National Trust property, and we'll definitely be revisiting when the conservation work is complete and the garden is in bloom.

Thank V1c27
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We came across Cliveden almost by accident not realising what a beautiful day lay ahead of us. We arrived and almost immediately visited the maze. Yes, we did get lost and laughed our way to both the centre and again trying to find the quite elusive exit. The next stop was the lake which was close by. It was so beautifully landscaped, calm and very so soothing we really did not want to walk away. On our way to find the cinema we came across "Clive" and his driver, who may I add was just about the mist helpful lady I have met in a National Trust property she actually completely enhanced our visit one thousand fold. We were given a guided tour because to quote her she was not busy in the slightest and it would be her pleasure to show off this wonderful place. Unfortunately the tulip beds have been hit by a disease this year so what we saw needed much imagination, but once she explained why that wasn't too difficult. It took a while to realise that this is the place were the Profumo case happened with ms Keeler etc. Also the Aster family seat, and it was explained to us that Lady Aster ( first lady voted into British Parliament) had a wartime hospital. She promised each injured soldier if they got better she would give them a gold watch, and apparently she kept her promise. The house is now a hotel and the downstairs is opened on a Thursday and Sunday only. We did nit pick either of these days unfortunately. But then, we were informed that it does get busy on these days. The cinema which is held in a brick garage in the courthouse was very informative, filling us in with all the Wonderful history surrounding this place. there was plenty of car parking and the most wonderful thing was that it was a little overcast that day and the customer service centre actually loaned visitors umbrellas "just in case". There was so much to see of the rambling countryside with views down to the river Thames that we could not take it all in in one day. Thankfully we will visit again and again I am sure. If I could pick one small thing negatively then the catering facility was outside and as I said being a little chilly that day it was not appreciated. We had tea and a stale Chelsea Bun which has made us determined to take our own next time. This is the only issue that really needs sorting actually. Highly Recommended by us, don't let this slip past you.

Thank Pentraliv
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