Cliveden House

As much a piece of living national heritage and history as it is a five-star spa break, the quite spellbinding 17th century mansion of Cliveden House in Berkshire has certainly been dressed to impress.

Cliveden House

Cliveden really is the real deal when it comes to five-star spa breaks with a difference, housed as it is within one of England’s most revered – and exquisitely restored – 17th century mansions yet boasting all the modern-day trappings of an exclusive luxury hotel.

The building itself dates back to 1666 and has been home to the Duke of Buckingham and Frederick Prince of Wales, as well as welcoming a long list of distinguished guests, royalty, duchesses and celebrities from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill during that time. Once here, having spent mere moments admiring their 376 acres of stunning National Trust grounds, the famous parterre, tranquil water garden, octagonal temple, pavilion, amphitheatre, formal gardens, maze and woodlands – it’s easy to see the appeal.

As with everything else here, Cliveden’s spa facilities are first class. Multiple private treatment rooms will offer all kinds of holistic, oil-infused relaxation therapies, while the indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms are also simply magnificent. An outdoor pool, hot tubs, a gym and tennis courts complete the wellbeing offer at Cliveden, all of which is enhanced no end by the property’s internal and external majesty, each beautifully adorned guestroom or suite, and of course, the fabulous fine dining menus found in each of the two excellent onsite eateries.

And as grown-up as Cliveden clearly is, with that grandiose interior design, gourmet cuisine, heritage and history, this is actually a family friendly spa break in Berkshire too. As such, little ones will be kept busy at the storybook play den or during a walk through the woodland on a fun-filled trail, and why not arrange a babysitter while enjoying a romantic meal or spa treatment too? Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of booking a stay at Cliveden however, is their two stunning, traditional and lovingly restored boats. You can head out on a gentle private voyage, romantic boat picnic for two or a champagne cruise for a truly special afternoon/evening.