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@

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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

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