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Inside Cliveden House, the Centuries-Old Royal Estate You Can Escape To

Located in Taplow, England, this is where Queen Victoria used to spend her weekends.

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Rolls Royces, Range Rovers and Bentleys adorn the drive at Cliveden House, where Vogue recently stopped for a lengthy and indulgent visit.

The 376-acre estate has a history stretching back three hundred years, and has been home to a variety of scandals — most famously, the Profumo Affair, in which a government official had an affair with a Russian spy-linked woman — and has been owned by the likes of the Duke of Buckingham, the Prince of Wales and Lord and Lady Astor.

The 47-room palace and idyllic grounds boasts gorgeous grounds and views of the River Thames in Taplow, England. 

Today, it is a glamorous hotel, and Vogue insists that even visitors staying for an entire week can’t uncover all of its corners. Guests can stay in Lady Astor’s suite, or the Spring Cottage where Queen Victoria took her afternoon tea when on break from Windsor Castle.

Take a look at the stunning grounds below.

View of Cliveden House from the parterre, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, 19th Century. (Getty)
Model Kirsty Hume, wearing a long strapless black silk dress by Oscar de la Renta, standing on the grounds of Cliveden House, in England, beside a large topiary bird (Arthur Elgort/Conde Nast/Contour by Getty Images)
Cliveden, an Italianate mansion and estate in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England. As home of Nancy Astor, the house was the meeting place of the Cliveden set of the 1920s and 1930s a group of political intellectuals. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Cliveden Clock Tower (Tom Godber/Creative Commons/Flickr)
Cliveden House Parterre (Simon Q/Creative Commons/Flickr)
Cliveden House’s Spring Cottage, where the infamous Profumo-Keeler affair
had its beginnings in 1961, (Roderick Eime/Creative Commons/Flickr)
The Water Garden at Cliveden, Berkshire (Timo Newton-Syms/Creative Commons/Flickr)
The Tortoise Fountain on a terrace overlooking the River Thames at Cliveden House in Berkshire (Anguskirk/Creative Commons/Flickr)
Read full story at Vogue