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Cliveden House

Dog-friendly rates From £445
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Rigby Approved
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Berkshire

Cliveden House

From £445
Paws Guestbook
5 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Bed Provided
Garden
Bowl Provided
Treats / Food
Dog Sitting / Walking Available
Dog Room Service Available
Setting: Rural opulence
Paws: Medium-sized dogs over 1 year old are welcome (no bigger than a Labrador)
Maximum two dogs per room

Magnificent. Majestic. Elegant sophistication. Just a few of the words that start to scratch the surface of a story of a stay at Cliveden House. First built in 1666, this Berkshire stately home – now a 47-room country house hotel – is steeped in colourful history, full of intrigue and glamour; the antique furnishings and period features will transport you back to centuries past. Approaching the majestic frontage with fido in tow, the sound of the tyres on the gravel will draw your attention as you begin to settle in to the peaceful surrounds, just 30 miles from Central London. With Cliveden House one of the pack leaders when it comes to dog-friendly, you and fido can both take the time to relax and indulge.

 
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Facilities

At Cliveden House

The spectacular grounds and grandeur of this Grade I listed building make it hard to believe you’re just 40 minutes from London. Dog-friendly rooms include handmade beds, period features, antique furnishings and are each named after famous figures from the house’s past.

Pawfect slumbers

You and fido almost have your full pick of the room types on offer.

Club Rooms are the smallest at the hotel, but still offer queen-sized beds. Classic Rooms allow more space, with a seating area, courtyard views and luxurious period bathrooms. Deluxe Doubles are larger still, on the first or second floor of the main house, and offer views of the outdoor pool or picturesque driveway, with many having their own fireplaces.

You and your dog can also take your pick of the 19 suites, all of which offer a separate or open-plan lounge area – plenty of space to hunker down after a long walk. Deluxe Suites (one level up from Junior Suites) may also offer a separate dressing room, as well as spectacular estate views. For maximum indulgence, the Lady Astor Suite offers a large private terrace, sweeping views over the Thames, and is big enough to host a wedding ceremony for 60.

Away from the main house, Spring Cottage can sleep up to six (plus two well-behaved pooches) and is situated right on the banks of the Thames, complete with its own mooring should you wish to take to the water.

Dogs are in for a treat at Cliveden, with bowls and a bed waiting when you arrive. Dinner time for the dog, too? Order some food for fido from the doggy menu to your room. Treats are also available at an additional cost.

Human and hound abound

The expansive grounds are a stand-out feature at Cliveden, and fido will be desperate to get off the lead. Nestled within 376 acres of National Trust parkland, there’s a lot to explore – so come rain or come shine, you’d both best get your walking boots on. There are walking maps at the hotel which will help you plan your routes.

Relax and revive

Nestled amongst the garden walls, surrounded by flowers, the spa is a tranquil oasis. Refurbished in 2017, they use their own sumptuous products. With seven treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, infrared sauna and infused steam room, two outdoor hot tubs and a Jacuzzi, along with the Spa Kitchen offering up healthy treats, whiling away the time will come easily here.

Be active

Should you wish to up the endorphins, there is a fitness trail around the grounds, and access to indoor and outdoor tennis courts as well as a gym.

The extra bits

If you’re looking to dine in the magnificent André Garrett restaurant, dog-sitting can be arranged at a charge of £10 per hour. Dog-walking can also be arranged if required. Book both in advance to avoid disappointment.

Should you wish to take to the Thames, be it for a lazy lunch or an indulgent champagne cruise, these can all be booked directly through the hotel – a perfect, peaceful way to spend a day by the river (though dogs can’t join you for water-based activities).

Children are welcome at Cliveden House, with highchairs, cots and extra beds available. There is also a children’s menu, and babysitting can be booked in advance for an additional charge.

Essentials

  • 43 dog-friendly rooms; 47 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £445
  • Breakfast included
  • Additional £35 per night, per dog
  • Enjoy a daily walk with fido through the beautiful National Trust grounds on site

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

Having left busy Mayfair for rural Berkshire, André Garrett has set high standards at his restaurant of the same name, and has made Cliveden House as much of a gastronomic destination as it is an unmissable place to sleep. A tasting menu is available, as well as a sumptuous and highly-rated a la carte selection of innovative Modern British fare.

Dogs aren’t allowed in André Garrett Restaurant, but you can enjoy more relaxed, but equally enjoyable, dining at The Astor Grill with your pooch by your side. The grilled dishes are the stars of the show – try the shrimp and scallop burger for something a little different. It’s also the perfect place for a dog-friendly breakfast.

Hotel bar

The Great Hall is open 24 hours for residents, a wonderfully grand setting for coffee and drinks.

A delightfully classic afternoon tea is served here daily – your dog is more than welcome to join you as you tuck in to miniature cakes, freshly-baked scones and the hotel’s famous fruit cake and tea blends.

At your service

Room service is available 24 hours a day.

The extra bits

There is an in-room doggy menu should fido get hungry, with delights such as pan fried chicken or fillet steak to choose from.

 

  • André Garrett Restaurant: Breakfast: 7am to 10am Monday to Friday (to 10.30am at weekends), Lunch 12.15pm to 2.30pm, Dinner 6.30pm to 9.45pm (last orders for the tasting menu at 9pm)
  • The Astor Grill: All day dining (including breakfast) from 9am to 9pm
  • Afternoon tea is served in The Great Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • The bar in The Great Hall is open 24 hours for residents
  • Dress code: A touch of rural glamour to reflect the historical charm

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

With dog-friendly dining on site, and acres and acres of ancient woodland on your doorstep, there’s little reason to jump in the car during your stay at Cliveden House.

Of the 376 acres of National Trust grounds, 300 acres are accessible to pooches. Dogs aren’t permitted in the hotel’s own gardens, but beyond that, the sniff-tastic trails are their oyster. There is a dog-walking map available on the National Trust website, and copies are available for you to pick up at the hotel before you both head out.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: Cliveden House & Spa, Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

Hit the road

Only a few miles from the M40, M25 and M4, Cliveden House is extremely accessible from both the north and west, and is only 30 miles from Central London. Let your sat nav take you most of the way, and head for Hedsor Gate on Bourne End Road. The gates are open from 8am to 5pm. Out of these hours, please press the intercom button and Reception will open the gate for you. There is plenty of parking on site.

All aboard

The nearest mainline station is Taplow, just over 3 miles away, with trains arriving from Paddington and a number of surrounding towns including Reading, Banbury and Henley-on-Thames. Slough station is slightly further afield (7 miles), with services arriving from Waterloo. Heathrow is only 16 miles away by taxi. If arriving by train, book your final taxi journey in advance to make sure your dog can join you.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

Cliveden House

Rigby's Review

A stately home for stately hounds

Relishing the thought of escaping the city for the weekend, we took the short drive from central London to our destination du jour, Cliveden House. No sooner were we off the motorway, than we found ourselves turning on to the iconic driveway, the majestic, Cliveden House straight ahead of us. As we slowly made our way down the drive – keen to savour the moment – Rigby was standing to attention, giving his best impression of a regal hound who has suddenly found his homeland.

Met at the door by the friendly doorman, our bags were whisked away while we were ushered through the towering doors into the decadent lounge ahead. While Rigby greeted the other hounds, already ensconced in the sumptuous surrounds, we took in the stunning dark panelling, deep crimsons and spectacular flower arrangements in the atmospheric hall.

With the hotel receptionist keen to meet the furry one, much fuss ensued as Rigby wagged his hello’s. Chomping at the bit to explore more of the magnificent surrounds, we were all keen to see our slumber spot. We were led through the towering, elegant hallways, history and heritage oozing out of every corner, chimney and crest until we arrived at The Blakeney Suite, our name in place on the door. Feeling more than welcome, no sooner was the door ajar than Rigby was shooting through, keen to find out what delights lay ahead. With a super comfy cushion bed, bowls, and we anticipated a much-needed towel, Rigby was firmly in residence!

We meanwhile were entranced by the view before us. On the second floor, our south facing suite looked directly out over the formal gardens below, the view stretching beyond the hilltop upon which Cliveden is routed, across the valley to the neighbouring towns beyond. This really was somewhere to sit and stare! Dragging ourselves away from the vista, we took in our creamy surrounds, accented by pink and red velvet fabrics giving a nod to the suite’s namesake, Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel in the novels by Baroness Orczy. A door was then opened to reveal our huge marble lined bathroom completed with deep fill, roll-top bath facing the stunning view beyond – we had we decided found our spot – this is exactly where we would later be found!

With the kindly receptionist having taken her leave, we sniffed out the complimentary pantry. Having taken our pick from the tempting treats on offer, drinks in hand, we headed back to enjoy our refreshments in our stunning suite.

Soon informed by Rigby that outside really was too good to miss, we donned our Dubarry’s, wriggled the wriggly Rigby into his coat and we were off. Striding out the main doors, the tree-lined avenue ahead, it was impossible not to smile. As Rigby led the way down the grassy banks towards the forest ahead, we had the feeling that this was exactly what life should be like!

Rigby was keen to explore every tree and blade of grass as we strolled along the banks surrounding the house, it regularly peeping out in the background to tempt us back. Then we were on to the forest paths, where the grand sweeping alleys between the trees were being explored by many a human and hound, making the most of the National Trust grounds. After a couple of hours of exploring, with feet and paws aching, we headed back to the warm embrace of Cliveden House, where the helpful doorman found us a much-needed towel and water to wash away Rigby’s forest escapades.

With Rigby (and husband!) snoozing happily in our suite, I took the opportunity to explore the recently renovated spa. Winding my way around the Italianate golden clock tower, with a nod to Piazza San Marco, I found the enticing enclave. With outdoor and indoor pools and hot tubs, surrounded by luxurious loungers, the Italian vibe was in full force. In the serene surrounds, my tired limbs soon recovered in the heat rooms unit l reluctantly dragged myself away to return to the boys, still it would seem slumbering deeply, oblivious to my jaunt!

After an aperitif for all and invigorating showers all round, we headed to the dog-friendly Astor Grill for dinner. Tucked away in the old stable block, where once a time a fine collection of horses we’re sure were in residence, we were welcomed in.

With blue leather banquettes lining the former horse stalls and equine touches throughout, this cosy dining spot was a delight to partake of. Rigby soon spotted our stall, his water bowl already awaiting his arrival and he quickly settled in, with more than enough room to spread his paws. Now first thing first, to peruse the doggy menu – pan friend chicken or fillet steak sir…? With Rigby’s meal ordered we moved on to reading our menu. A modern British and European bistro menu, there was plenty to tempt but post our walk, comfort food was calling.

From the prawn cocktail and orecchiette starters to our mains of the Astor Burger, served with raclette, and rumpcap steak with chimichurri our cravings were more than satisfied and barely a peep was heard from the furry one who for once, took his time enjoying his food (served to his temperature request), and finished with a plate of biscuits – doggy bliss!

Having prised ourselves away and out into the night air, we took a stroll, fresh enough to blow the cobwebs away before retiring to our room, to relax in front of our fire.

After a sound nights sleep for all, in we have to say one of the comfiest beds we have tried of late, and with Rigby not having moved a paw from his cushiony spot, we took a stroll in the bright morning, before returning Rigby to continue his slumber as we headed down to breakfast.

Served in the elegant main dining room, with its soaring windows overlooking the gardens and decadent decor, with long flowing fabrics and velvet chairs, it was a first-class way to start the day. Still a little full from the night before, we both took our pick from the continental buffet, overflowing with fruits, pastries, ham and cheese. The coffee gradually awakening us, little conversation was had as we once again sat entranced by the view ahead.

Returning to Rigby, I couldn’t resist any longer, the bath with the view had to be tried. So while Rigby and my partner picked up the paper and sat in one of our plethora of chairs, facing the awe-inspiring view ahead, I soaked and contemplated – captivated by thoughts of what life must have been like for those who once called this majestic house home.

Now our only problem was to prise Rigby (and us!) away from what he had very much decided should be his new abode, even making a plea to be the hotel dog, on leaving taking up residence behind reception. Perhaps just one more walk through the woodlands before we depart…

Wonderfully welcoming to human and hound, Cliveden is a very special dog-friendly destination. With its stunning grounds, extensive dog-friendly facilities, luxurious surrounds and affable staff, this is a trip that you will remember.

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5 Paws Nicola, November, 2019.

Wonderful. A dog-friendly hotel we, our dog very much included love. We always are made to feel so welcome. We recently visited with both our dog and our baby and all members of the family were made to feel very welcome. This is a lovely, luxurious spot and the spa is definitely worth a visit!

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5 Paws Andy, February, 2018.

Wonderful hotel and so dog-friendly, with dogs allowed most areas apart from the main restaurant. Also with woodland on the door step great place to go with your pooch. Have stayed here previously and feel that the hotel is on a real up at the moment, definitely can not recommend it highly enough.

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