Cliveden Open House
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Latest update 28.01.2014 13:30
On Thursday 13 March we’re offering a rare chance to explore inside Cliveden House, including many rooms normally only enjoyed by hotel guests.
By joining one of our special Open House tours you’ll be following in the footsteps of some extraordinary characters as you wander through impressive rooms including the Great Hall, Library and French Dining Room. You'll have the opportunity to take a peek at some of the grandest Parterre view bedrooms too. Our knowledgeable guides will also be on hand to tell you more stories about the house’s former residents and its rich history.
Entertaining in style
For more than 300 years, Cliveden House was the glittering hub of high society, home to aristocracy and royalty and visited by many famous friends. Over the years, it became renowned for the hospitality of its owners and an invitation to stay was rarely refused. Virtually every British Monarch since George I has visited as well as great statesmen, distinguished artists and popular figures including President Roosevelt, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and Charlie Chaplin.
History, intrigue and scandal
The current house was built in the 1850s for the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland and is the third on the site after previous houses were destroyed by fire. It has a history full of intrigue and scandal and was associated more recently with the infamous Profumo Affair in the 1960s. Secretary of State for War, John Profumo first met society girl Christine Keeler at Cliveden, leading to a three month affair that nearly brought down the government.
For an extra special treat, Cliveden House is offering tour ticket holders the opportunity to book afternoon tea in the new Andre Garrett Restaurant, at a special rate of £24.50 per person (usually £29.50). Discount code for afternoon tea will be received once tickets have been booked.
Don’t miss out…
- You can tour Cliveden House on Thursday 13 March 2014, with timed entry at 10 minute intervals from 10.30am to 4pm.
- Tickets cost £7.50 per person (including National Trust members) and usual admission charges also apply.