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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Cliveden House is renowned for its magnificent 152-hectare estate overlooking the River Thames. Behind its imposing period façade, the 17th-century stately home boasts interiors brimming with English charm. Exquisite antique furniture and paintings contribute to the warm and intimate ambience. Its historical guests have lent their names to the individual rooms, such as Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and Rudyard Kipling. Just outside London and a stone’s throw from Windsor, Ascot and Heathrow, Cliveden House offers fine dining and a promise of relaxation at its beautiful spa, a tranquil oasis hidden away behind the mellow brick walls of the garden. The stunning three-bedroom cottage set on the banks of the river is perfect for families, and a scenic cruise on one of the lovingly restored vintage launches is not to be missed. ... Learn moreless
In England, the Queen is an icon and her castle a jewel, which can be visited under the watch of the famous guards. Open to the public, George IV's private apartments, St George's Chapel and the amazing Queen Mary's Dolls' House offer an insight into the splendors of the royal family. A visit that extends into the largest castle in the world's vast 13 hectare park...
In the first week of July each year, all of England's noble and distinguished families meet on the banks of the River Thames, at Henley-on-Thames, for the prestigious Royal Regatta. The many rowing races take place over 2,112 m (1 mile and 550 yards) and they attract hundreds of thousands of spectators. This festival brings together the high society and is also a real fashion show for hats!
King Henry VI founded the college and even laid down the dimensions of this cathedralesque chapel: 88m long by 12m across by 29m high! It took almost 70 years from 1446 to 1515 to complete the building. Standing beneath the vaulted ceiling, an airy atmosphere reigns. Don’t miss Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi presented to the chapel in 1961...
Why not row past some of the most famous colleges in the world? In the summertime, students and tourists merrily coexist on the River Cam along the Backs, advancing gently in their narrow flat-bottomed boats. Pass under the Bridge of Sighs, the famous 1831 replica, and underneath Mathematical Bridge which originally supported itself without a single nut or bolt!
Hotel and restaurant in the country. The Vineyard has been described as a temple to Californian wine. Just outside Newbury, an hour from London, it definitely deserves its reputation. The cellar holds wines from both the New and Old Worlds, as well as award-winning estate wines from owner Sir Peter Michael.The hotel is also celebrated for its dining experience, using local and sustainable seasonal produce to deliver a blend of old-world tastes and new-world approaches and techniques. As if the bar had not been set high enough, the traditional guest rooms, spacious contemporary suites, a spa and an enviable private art collection conspire to make The Vineyard the perfect retreat for gourmands and the culinary curious. ... Learn moreless
What an atmosphere there is in this prestigious racecourse! Its track is one of the most beautiful in the country and the horses on the starting line are among the finest and quickest in the kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II even comes here to watch her protégés race! The tradition of horse racing at this track dates back to 1905. That just goes to show all the history and beauty that this place has…
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Hartwell House, at just 64 kilometres northwest of London, is a picture-book country house set within 37 hectares of magnificent landscape.Whereas the building dates to the 17th century, the history of the property stretches back to the time of Edward the Confessor, almost a millennium ago.Behind the Jacobean façade, the house has fine Georgian interiors, rococo marble chimney pieces and a grand hall in the baroque style. Yet, despite bearing the traces of various periods, it retains an elegant integrity. The opulent rooms, with high ceilings and antique furniture, evoke quintessential English charm. ... Learn moreless
Considered to be the largest in Europe, this reserve extends over almost 240 hectares. More than 2,500 species of animals rub shoulders at this site that you can discover by car or steam train! The authorities of the reserve - which depends on London Zoo - have tried to allow wild animals to move around as freely as possible within the park (giraffes, leopards, elephants, lemurs, etc.). To the great delight of its visitors...
A Baroque masterpiece, Blenheim Palace was given to the Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill by the Queen of England for his victory over the French troops in 1704. It was built between 1705 and 1722 by the architect John Vanbrugh and its park was redesigned by the famous landscape gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (at the origin of the two lakes). Its romantic gardens, among the most beautiful in the Kingdom, make up a "naturalistic Versailles". It was in this property, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that Winston Churchill was born in 1874.