TIME TO PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES
Heritage Open Days offer the chance to take a step back in time, with free entry to many of the areas historic buildings and gardens. Tom Herbert finds out what is on offer at Cliveden Do you want to advertise in this supplement? Email james.king-sharp@
THE GARDEN and woodlands of Cliveden mansion, in Taplow, will be open free of charge on Saturday as part of Heritage Open Days. The Heritage Open Day allows you to explore the estate that has more 300 years of history.
It has been home to dukes, earls, viscounts and a prince and in the 1960s became associated with the Profumo Affair – the swimming pool where Christine Keeler allegedly first met John Profumo is still enjoyed by guests of the luxury hotel today.
The National Trust gardens have been visited by almost every British monarch since George I and many famous designers, including John Fleming, Nora Lindsay and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe.
Currently, the Long Garden is adorned on either side with cream and purple Salvia Vista and The Parterre, with views over the Thames Valley, is bursting with petunias, begonias and marigolds.
Visitors can also enjoy the Rose Garden which has more than 900 repeat flowering roses in shades of red, orange and yellow.
Families can discover the attractions of the gardens with the help of a free self-guided trail available from the Information Centre.
There is also a storybook themed play area for younger children, with Doll’s House Café next door, and the puzzling yew tree maze.
Free copies of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrap book are available from the Information Centre on your visit – it is a series of adventures and creative tasks for children to make the most of the great outdoors.
Cliveden is open from 10am until 5.30pm on Saturday September with last entry at 5pm. No advanced booking is needed. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ cliveden or contact 01628 605 069 for more information.
Please note, Cliveden House is now a luxury hotel and will not be open to visitors as part of Heritage Open Days.
Above and right, the stunning gardens at Cliveden near Taplow
Cliveden is now a luxury hotel but the grounds will be open on Saturday