Cliveden - Hotel and wedding venue, previously home to the Astor family.

by Stephanie January. 29, 2020 310 views

After climbing 171 steps from the banks of the Thames, we continued through the gardens of Cliveden, enjoying the sunshine with no sign of the mist we'd seen below. Passing the tortoise fountain we wandered round the embankment at the far end of the formal parterre garden, the sun was shining full force on the 'gold' gates and doors of the main house! The 'Sounding Chamber' (last image) has recently been refurbished. Historians believe it was originally the 1670's entrance, where guests would be admitted and suitably impressed by its grandeur. Analysis revealed the floor pavings to be of Devonshire slate from the 1820's. These would have been added during th wownership of Sir George Warrender, First Lord of the Admiralty, before he bought Clivden so the 8 point starts thought to represent a compass. I climbed a further 59 steps, then yet another flight of 43 before arriving at the level of the house - Phew!!! Fitbit records I've scaled 22 flights of stairs today, so I think I've earned my lunch stop at the Conservatory Cafe!

The facade overlooking the parterre, from the southern end of the garden

The facade overlooking the parterre, from the southern end of the garden

The tortoise fountain- no water as its only January!

The tortoise fountain- no water as its only January!

We saw signs of many bulbs beginning to grow, snowdrops, crocus and many daffodils- some quite advanced - these were in a sheltered spot and in full flower!

We saw signs of many bulbs beginning to grow, snowdrops, crocus and many daffodils- some quite advanced - these were in a sheltered spot and in full flower!

Elaborate golden doors

Elaborate golden doors

This was the view inside the newly refurbished 'Sounding Chamber'. Devonshire slate covers the floor and the 8 pointed star possibly represents the points of a compass. First Lord of the Admiralty being one of the historic owners.

This was the view inside the newly refurbished 'Sounding Chamber'. Devonshire slate covers the floor and the 8 pointed star possibly represents the points of a compass. First Lord of the Admiralty being one of the historic owners.

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Liz Happer 1 year ago

A well earned lunch

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