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Our Visit To Cliveden Gardens, South Buckinghamshire

We’ve been National Trust members for years, but unless we visit properties when we’re on holiday, we tend to stick to the same old tried and tested favourites… Stowe Landscape Gardens, Waddesdon Manor, Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Estate and Farm. They are all fantastic, but we decided to go a bit further afield and try out Cliveden Gardens, in between Beaconsfield and Slough.

Unusually for the National Trust, you can’t visit the house, unless you are rich, as it’s been turned into a posh hotel.

The clock tower with the hotel behind

The clock tower with the hotel behind.

The gardens are well worth a visit, especially on a beautiful sunny day like we had. I wouldn’t go on a wet day though as there isn’t much cover! After getting a bit lost, due to the rather unhelpful map, as we tried to meet up with my mum, dad, sister Debbie, and niece Bonnie, we finally found them and had lunch, much to everyone’s relief.

Dad took the opportunity to fill out a comments card…

Then for a spot of hide and seek and tree-climbing.

We loved the view of the formal gardens, but got a bit scared the girls might fall through the holes!

Ava enjoying the view at Cliveden Gardens

Ava enjoying the view at Cliveden Gardens

Then, some hill rolling!

All that rolling makes you a bit hot, so we needed Mini Milks.

The grounds really are beautiful.

Ava enjoys the cherry blossom

Ava enjoys the cherry blossom.

The Japanese Water Garden at Cliveden Gardens

The Japanese Water Garden.

The Heron enjoyed the mini rainbow at Cliveden Gardens!

The heron enjoyed the mini rainbow!

The Magical Book-THemed Play area at Cliveden Gardens

We finished our day out with a visit to the brilliant story book-themed play area.

Old Brown reads The Tale of Mr. Tod at the playground at Cliveden Gardens.

Old Brown reads The Tale of Mr. Tod

They are especially taken with Ratty and Moley from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as we’ve been enjoying the old stop animation TV movie recently.

All in all, a lovely day out, though the map could be better!

The slow walk back to the car at Cliveden Gardens - tired but happy.

The slow walk back to the car – tired but happy

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  1. chloelifeunexpected

    18th October 2015 at 8:40 pm

    The National Trust is so great. Although it’s such a shame it’s a hotel and not a place to mooch around! But I guess they make more money that way and it would be a stunning place to stay in.

    It looks so beautiful here!!! The gardens are so, so pretty. Especially the Japanese garden. I love the storybook play area at the end too. It looks so magical. You definitely can’t beat a mini milk break either. I love mini milks so much. Thank you so, so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather. xx

    1. Becky Pink

      18th October 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was a bit gutted about the house being converted, but yes you’re right, they must make loads from it! And now we have two kids, looking round the houses isn’t as much fun as it used to be – either really rushed, as Ryan has them out in the garden, or stressful that they are going to break something! Becky x x

  2. Jenny Eaves

    14th October 2015 at 10:25 pm

    A shame about the map, but at least you found each other in the end! It really does look like a stunning garden to visit, with lots to interest the children and keep them busy. Fallen trees are favourites of my boys to climb on and the carved sculptures are beautiful, love the photo of hte girls in the boat with Ratty and Moley!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, it was such a lovely day and that carved playground is really spectacular! The girls absolutely loved it xx

  3. internationalelfservice

    14th October 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I really love this post! We’re fans of NT gardens too! I remember being dragged around endless houses when I was a kid and now we’re at it! We just love the space and the trees – even better for us as we live in London. We went to Llanhydrock in Cornwall this year and saved the most ENORMOUS bumble bee. We had such a lovely day.

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Oooh I think we went there, amazing cream teas in a walled garden? Or is that a different one?! Anyway they are always a joy aren’t they! My parents dragged us round too, but it obviously worked as we may as well be life long members! Xx

  4. Let kids be kids

    14th October 2015 at 11:18 am

    It does look beautiful there. Cliveden is next on our list to visit, I must remember to choose a nice day to visit. Looks like you had a lovely day out.

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks yes we did, I think you’re right to aim for a dry day as the grounds are amazing. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Xx

  5. crummymummy1

    14th October 2015 at 9:38 am

    I KEEP seeing reviews on this and must go – the gardens look amazing #whatevertheweather

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 10:03 am

      It was brilliant, especially the playground! We could barely drag the kids away from it! Xx

  6. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    30th September 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Oh I just love the National Trust – best thing we ever bought. We been to quite a few places. This one looks gorgeous. The views and the Japanese Gardens are amazing. The girls look like they had a blast too. Great piccys. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you again soon xx

    1. Becky Pink

      30th September 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we love the NT too! See you soon xx

  7. Silly Mummy

    30th September 2015 at 11:13 am

    Looks beautiful! Love the story themed play area, Holes like that always worry me with the kids too! #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      30th September 2015 at 2:38 pm

      The play area was definitely the highlight for us all, hours of entertainment! Xx

  8. mummuddlingthrough

    30th September 2015 at 11:05 am

    Looks like a lovely day Becky – I love an autumnal walk! Can’t wait for sunny autumn days to really set in xx #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      30th September 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thank you MMT! We had a great day xx

  9. Claire Ridewood (@thefrfamily)

    23rd September 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Looks like you managed to have a gorgeous day out despite the map dramas! It’s so nice to spend time out in the fresh air isn’t it? I too would have been a bit scared about the size of the gaps in those railings though!! Thankyou so much for sharing your day out with me on #busydoinglife it’s so lovely to have you linking up!

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd September 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Yes we did have fun thank you, might go back over half term if we can squeeze it in xx

  10. Mummy on a Budget (@mummyonabudget)

    22nd September 2015 at 9:40 am

    Looks like you had a great day. We visited Cliveden earlier in the year. I love the playground with all the children’s books characters! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      22nd September 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, yes the playground was the highlight for us, magical! X

  11. Emma's Mamma

    12th September 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I love Cliveden! I’ve been before and we were there today actually as they had an open day with free entry, which really reminded me I need to get a national trust membership! #busydoinglife

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Ah great I’m glad you like it too! I bet it was lovely in the sun today xx

  12. Sara Handy Herbs

    12th September 2015 at 9:56 am

    That looks like a lovely place to go if the weather is half decent. I love what National Trust properties have to offer – I always wish I visited more regularly! I have never been to Cliveden but it looks wonderful. I particularly like the idea of the book themed area and the Japanese Water Garden. Thanks for sharing #busydoinglife

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Sara, the storybook play area was almost magical, we loved it! Xx

  13. Luke Strickland

    12th September 2015 at 9:29 am

    Definitely adding this to our “NT places to visit” list… we’re a bit addicted to getting stamps in our National Trust passport… loved dropping in via the #busydoinglife linky!

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Luke, it’s really lovely, bet it would be great in autumn too! We always forget out passport, need to remember it next time! Xx

  14. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby

    12th September 2015 at 8:29 am

    You all seemed to have a fabulous day out! Lovely pictures too! #busydoinglife

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Cheryl, we really enjoyed it and want to go back again to see how it looks in different seasons xx

  15. Adventures of adam

    12th September 2015 at 7:59 am

    Looks an amazing place. Can’t beat hill rolling!

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Yeah they really enjoyed that part! Had to practically drag then away! Xx

  16. Erica Price

    12th September 2015 at 7:44 am

    It does look a beautiful place to visit. One for us to fit in on the way back from somewhere I think as a bit far for a day trip.

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Yes it’s really worth a visit, we often stop at National Trust places on the way home from holidays as you are always guaranteed a nice run about and great cake! Xx

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