The whiff of scandal gives Cliveden House, the grand home of the Astor’s a rakish edge. If you must have an affair at the height of the cold war with a 19 year old who might be sleeping with the enemy – this is where to do it. Throw in sex parties featuring naked masked waiters who may or may not be cabinet ministers, and you have the stuff of a good old fashioned British scandal.
Cliveden ticks all the boxes for a dirty weekend – expansive landscaped grounds, a gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool and spa complex, truly stunning public rooms, good food, creative cocktails, excellent service. Avoid arriving on a Sunday or Thursday afternoon, when the entire house and gardens are swarming with shuffling, beady eyed, Guardian-wielding retirees out to wring every penny out of their National Trust subscriptions.
Cliveden was home to the Astors…Read More