Whenever we feel like getting away from the madness of city life, there are two places we like to escape to – one of them is Cliveden House.
In just under an hour’s drive from London, we are at a National Trust park and Cliveden House.
This time we were super excited as we knew the Christmas decorations are up. As soon as we entered, there was a huge Christmas tree.
And in the Great Hall – just beautifully decorated fireplace.
We were early for check-in – so we went to the Resident’s Lounge to hang out,
But the beautiful grounds outside beckoned us to go have a look.
That off-limits maze for dogs! How fun it would be to be able to run through the maze!
But we had come to Cliveden to meet some friends for Christmas lunch. We loved it so much when we were here for my birthday in February, we decided to do a repeat at year end.
When our friends left and the sun was going down,
we returned to our room – Princess Augusta.
Besides the Astor Grill where we had our Christmas lunch, we are allowed to dine in the Resident’s Lounge.
And then for one last walk at night we love looking at the House all lit up.
We woke up the next morning for our morning walk and we saw the first sunset in a very long while.
The garden was frosted over.
The light is very low as the days get shorter and shorter over the next two weeks – casting a lovely light over everything,
We went for (muddy) walks.
With fabulous views!
And before leaving, it’s a must for an Afternoon Tea …
May’s comment: Always a nice place to come to – Cliveden House. A short distance from London and you feel at once relaxed. There are beautiful trails to walk in the National Trust parks.
There were so many dogs when we arrived at the hotel – more than I have seen all the times I have been there. They are dog-friendly but they are not allowed in the formal dining rooms.
Dogs must be in leads within the house and in the immediate grounds but once beyond the fenced area, they can run freely.
And we really wanted to see Christmas at Cliveden.