Visit to Taplow Court and Cliveden, Maidenhead, Bucks
Day Visit with London Parks & Gardens Trust
to Taplow Court and Cliveden, Maidenhead, Bucks
10.30am, Monday 21 June
The properties are contiguous and not only share a spectacular site above the Thames, but were in common ownership of the Earls of Orkney in the 18th century. Taplow Court originated as an eleventh-century manor house, but the present house was built in the 19th century in Jacobean revival style in a setting of a Victorian formal garden with adjacent lawns and woodland walks, including a Cedar Walk probably laid out in the early 18th century by Lord Orkney.
The first great house at Cliveden was designed in 1666 by William Winde for the Duke of Buckingham. The present mansion, by Barry for the Duke of Sutherland, dates from 1851. A Bridgeman amphitheatre, woodland walks, and some garden buildings survive from the eighteenth century, but the spectacular parterre overlooking the river was laid out for the Duke of Sutherland. Lord Astor, who bought the property in 1893, was responsible for the Water Garden, the Long Garden, and most of the large collection of sculpture. Norah Lindsay, Geoffrey Jellicoe and Graham Stuart Thomas all worked at Cliveden in the 20th century. The National Trust is carrying out extensive restoration work of the grounds. The house is a hotel.
10.30am Meet at Taplow Court, tour the gardens.
12noon To Cliveden for lunch in the Orangery
2pm Visit Cliveden Conservation (statuary conservators to the National Trust) with its director, Trevor Proudfoot. This will be followed by an exploration of the grounds led by Richard Wheeler, Curator of Parks and Gardens for the National Trust (south of England).
Travel: Taplow Court (Berry Hill, Taplow, near Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 0ER) is 1 mile north of the A4 on the outskirts of Maidenhead (travelling west) and about 2 miles from Taplow station, on the Reading line from Paddington. Taxis are available.
Cliveden (near Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA) is about 3 miles north of Taplow and 5 miles from Taplow station.
Cost: £35 including lunch (£28 to National Trust members, but you must have your card with you). Download the Booking Form