In the lead up to Christmas we had the amazing privilege of staying at Cliveden Houseas part of our trip to England for the holidays. Built in 1666 this is an icon of British history with centuries of intrigue, scandal, and glamour. The property is set among 376 acres of National Trust, which are absolutely stunning!
Having stepped of a plane only a few hours earlier the welcome was exactly what was needed. Upon arrival the staff were courteous and friendly, leading us straight to the Westminster Suite, which was incredible. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was of the highest standard, and the views over the grounds were unbelievable.
Within an hour I was whisked away to the newly renovated Spa, which was the perfect recipe following the long flight. I was treated to full body massage, which took place on a waterbed, so was ideal, as it enables greater control of the pressure applied. Another great aspect was the oil used didn’t leave the greasy feeling that I have experienced at other spas. As treatments go it was one of the best I have experienced. The rest of the spa facilities looked amazing, with the indoor and the outdoor pool setup as the perfect areas for relaxation and calm. As well, sauna, steam rooms, and jacuzzi make for additional relaxation :)
Following the spa we went for dinner at theAstor Grill. On our walk round to the restaurant we saw the incredible Christmas show taking place in Great Hall. The food was amazing, with my husband and I going for the grilled halloumi burger and the buttermilk chicken sandwich, with the triple cooked chips. The service was fantastic, and they even let Jayne have her pick of the baubles from the Christmas tree!
After dinner it was time to call it a night and sleep off the jet lag and there could not have been a more comfortable setting. The bed is beyond comfortable and I wish I could have taken it back home with me !!
We woke up to a glorious sunrise over the grounds on a crisp winter morning. We then ventured downstairs for breakfast which included their take on a full English as well as avocado toast with a poached egg. (YUM)
For the rest of the morning we explored some more of the grounds, before checking out. My sincerest wish is that we had more time to truly uncover all there is to see at Cliveden. It really is an iconic place to stay within easy reach of London, and even closer for anyone stepping off their flight at Heathrow.
My husband grew up within 15 minutes of Cliveden and it took him all the way until now to visit & he can’t believe he waited so long, so even locals should make the effort to spend the day, or even a few nights there! We hope to be back at Cliveden House again soon!
* Our stay was sponsored by Cliveden, but all opinions are of my own :)