The estate & gardens at Cliveden House

Relais & Chateaux - Cliveden is a new member in 2013

Estate and Gardens: Cliveden National Trust Estate

Cliveden House is set amid 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and woodlands. Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over beautiful countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames.

Owned, managed and beautifully maintained by the National Trust, the gardens feature the celebrated parterre, season long floral displays, distinctive topiary and an outstanding sculpture collection.

There is so much to discover in the National Trust Grounds at Cliveden including:

  • Spot the many works of art, including the Fountain of Love and the Roman sarcophagi
  • Have fun getting lost in the amazing Maze, which opened in 2011
  • Delve into the woodlands to explore a wilder Cliveden and enjoy a wealth of walks throughout the estate including a Fitness Trail
  • For families you can visit the storybook Play Den or take a ball and head to the paddock where there are goal posts. You can even play one of the giant games in the water garden

The famous parterre was laid out in 1855 by John Fleming and his colourful planting schemes set a precedent for gardens the world over. The triangular shaped beds have been beautifully restored with seasonal bedding displays using Fleming's original design and complete the breathtaking views from the house.

The sculpture collection, amassed largely by the Sutherland and Astor families, is evident throughout the garden and includes Thomas Waldo Story's impressive Fountain of Love at the end of the Grand Avenue. Other features not to miss are the octagonal temple, perched on the cliff edge and built by Giacomo Leoni in 1735, the pavilion built to commemorate the battle of Blenheim, and an amphitheatre where the first recital of "Rule Britannia" was played.

For further information please contact us on 01628 668561 or email or visit the National Trust website

The National Trust is a charity and there are many ways you can support them. Membership - Become a member and enjoy FREE membership to all the National Trust properties and in doing so you can help protect all the places in their care forever (including the beautiful estate at Cliveden). Volunteer - Would you like to be part of the National Trust's fantastic team? - Pop into the information centre to find out about helping in the gardens, at events or giving tours.


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