Places & Spaces Whilst Away

Cliveden House

August 25, 2014

Hello. Happy bank holiday to my UK readers. It’s good to be back.

Thank you for all the heartfelt Birthday messages. I had a magical day. Part of the celebrations took us to the stunning Cliveden House in in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. Surrounded by 376 acres of incredible National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland, it was the perfect spot for Afternoon Tea and a long walk.

We were truly lucky with the weather on the day. Mostly sunny with not even a drop of rain, it made everything look and feel even more beautiful. Of course, I was off duty. Nonetheless, I snapped a few pics to share with you a little of my special day. I hope you enjoy it!

Upon arriving at the gates, you follow the gravel drive all the way to the House. This is what greets you. The most magnificent Fountain of Love.

Clivden House - colourliving

You continue round the corner following the signs for House Guests.

Clivden House - colourliving

Clivden House - colourliving

We just arrived in time for our Afternoon Tea booking. Set in the beautiful Great Hall, it was truly scrumptious. A true treat.

Clivden House - colourliving

Clivden House - colourliving

At the back and surrounding the House there are some wonderful terraces. Great for functions, like this one here.

Clivden House - colourliving

I loved this isolated tree.

Clivden House - colourliving

This is the panoramic view from the back of the house. You can see for miles. Imagine the care that goes into up keeping the gardens. Apparently there are 15 full-time gardeners and a whooping 200 volunteers who keep all the gardens and woodlands in tact and looking like this. Fascinating.

Clivden House - colourliving

Clivden House - colourliving

There are so many different routes to take that you’d need a full day or two to explore everything. With more time we could have got lost in the Maze, which opened in 2011.

Cliveden House - colourliving

A little gate led to this….

Clivden House - colourliving

Nearing sunset, the sun was beaming down on one side and made everything look golden.

Clivden House - colourliving

Clivden House - colourliving

The shadows of the trees were making the most stunning reflections.

Clivden House - colourliving

Clivden House - colourliving

Not everything is beautifully manicured. Personally I love the woodlands best. There’s something unruly about it that appeals to my nature. When I return I’d like to explore more of the woodlands, the wilder Cliveden, with its wealth of walks throughout the estate including a Fitness Trail.

Clivden House - colourliving

I haven’t been to Cliveden House for many many years so it was brilliant to be back. Last time was in my 20’s. It’s being revamped. The international staff were most friendly and helpful and we spent some wonderful few hours there.

Every year I know that just after my Birthday we’re going into Autumn. Sometimes it comes quicker, sometimes we still get a couple of weeks that feel like summer. I think my actual Birthday was the last day of summer and there definitely was a chill in the air on the very next day.

I hope you’ve all had a good summer break and maybe a holiday or two. September is one of my favourite months. It’s going to be a very busy one for me. See you Thursday.

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  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey August 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Great to hear that you had a wonderful birthday and enjoyed your big day. Tis a lovely venue 🙂 September is scarily almost upon us… tho I do love autumn.
    Welcome back to blog land xx

    • Reply tina August 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Gerard. It was really wonderful and still in full sunshine!

      I Love September too. It’s my favourite month. Let’s make this a good one xx

  • Reply Alison sye August 27, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I have never been here Tina, looks lovely x

    • Reply tina August 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      It’s a magical place. You must also visit the grounds. They are spectacular. x

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine August 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Looks like a place I would also enjoy. Beautiful surrounding and that high tea must have been lovely. So happy for you that you had a special birthday. And looking forward to your blog posts to come. I like September IF it’s nogt pouring all day, so let’s hope we’ll have a beautiful Indian summer.

    • Reply tina August 31, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Ha. You would definitely enjoy this. Just up your street:-)
      I could so do with an Indian summer. To be honest summer was lovely in London.
      I couldn’t go away and so am very greatful we had such lovely weather x

  • Reply Catherine@farmhousehome September 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    What a special way to spend the day of your 50th birthday Tina. The High Tea looks scrumptious and capping it off with a walk around this majestic property would have been perfect. So glad you had such a wonderful celebration. xx

    • Reply tina September 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Ahhh, we both had a great time. Yours was probably a little more extravagant. Can’t beat NY can you??

      It was fab, delicious. The grounds were stunning and the sun shining. What else can a girl wish for?
      Thanks lovely xx

  • Reply Mel September 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Aww what a lovely day! The grounds are beautiful and so very civilised! I look forward to seeing what marvellous things you get up this decade Tina. Big hugs! Mel xx

    • Reply tina September 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Ha. As you can imagine I’m getting more and more naughty:-) Soon I’ll be wearing purple as per the poem of Jenny Joseph xx

  • Reply Doris September 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    That looks like such a special way to celebrate your birthday lovely. Clivenden House I am yet to visit but it’s on the list now. That high tea looks so yummy! xD

    • Reply tina September 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      It seems sooooo long ago but the memory stays. Yes, it was lovely.
      I think you would enjoy it, especially the grounds. x

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