Another road trip means another opportunity to see the beauty that is England. Its history is incredible and I have been blessed to live here for 15 years now. Every time I go somewhere new, I fall in love with this beautiful country.
Yesterday we went to Cliveden – beautiful hotel and stately manor home in the outskirts of London. Cliveden is an Italianate mansion and estate on the Berkshire/Buckinghamshire border. It crowns an outlying ridge of the Chiltern Hills by the hilltop village of Taplow. It’s about 2 miles from the riverside town of Maidenhead. Clive den is set on the banks about 130 feet above the River Thames with all the grounds slope down to the river. The site has been home to an earl, three countesses, two dukes, a Prince of Wales and the Viscounts Astor.
There we could follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls, and royalty as we explored a series of gardens, each with their own special charming story. From the formality of the Parterre with its vibrant floral displays to the quirky statuary and topiary in the Long Garden, the gardens will delight you in every season. The long garden was incredibly sculptured and organised. It held a sense of wealth and stature.
The formal gardens give way to secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of scenic woodland walk to discover.
The house is now a luxury hotel but you can take a peek inside apparently, we didn’t but it was incredible to admire the residents at lunch and drinks in the lounges.
Enjoyed this day, it was breathtakingly beautiful