Cliveden, Aristocracy & The Rural Thames
Lady Astor: If I were your wife, I’d put poison in your tea!
Churchill: Madame, if I was your husband, I would drink it!
Allegedly, the above conversation happened between Winston Churchill and Lady Astor, the first female MP who took her seat in Parliamnet and lived in Cliveden, one of the country’s most visited stately homes in Buckinghamshire.
We start the day at Cliveden where you can learn the subtle history of the house (where Meghan Markle spent her night before the wedding) and hear stories about the life of the English aristocracy – from lavish parties to scandals and rivalries. You will have time to discover the estate and enjoy the beautiful views of the Thames Valley.
We then go to a quaint village where you can have a delihtful lunch in an authentic English inn.
Continuing our trip, you can walk in Thames Valley villages where you can take in the beauty and ambience of the rural Thames whilst learning about its history.
Finishing off the day with tea/coffe and cake at a quirky English place.
…those who are interested in the subtle history of a grand house, strange characters of the English aristocracy along the River Thames and charming Thames Valley villages.
I can pick you up at your Windsor accommodation. If this is not possible or you arrive on the day to Windsor by train/bus, we meet at Windsor & Eton Central train station. Either way, please be ready 20 minutes before the start. Please be so kind to respect other guests and arrive on time. My aim is to deliver a quality experience, therefore I cannot wait for those who arrive late.
This trip starts at 9am and ends around 5pm.
This trip is available in English and Hungarian and is recommended for children from age 14. A minimum booking of two is required to run the trip.
For more details, please check out the FAQ and Terms & Conditions pages.
- Full-day trip from Windsor
- Ticket(s), lunch, coffee/tea included
- Driver guided trip
- Small groups only
- Duration: 9AM-5PM
- Attentive local guide
‘Thank you for the perfectly tailored and personal guided trips. London was fantastic but what got us was the English Countryside. England’s Puzzle took us to places where we could enjoy both the typical English countryside feel and fantastic stories. Not to mention the Sunday Roast, tea, cakes and cider…. We will definitely come back. highly recommended.’ – Éva Abonyi, Hungary
‘I have been many times to Windsor but never realised how much stories the town has! Had a fantastic 1,5 hours in Windsor and Gizi knew the answers to everything I asked or was interested in. Highly recommended.’ – Vera Lang, London
‘I have always loved locations and buildings of Midsomer Murders, but then I became more and more interested in everything I read on the blog: English customs, culture, gastronomy etc. I was pleased to join Gizi for two days and her commitment to be our excellent guide amazed me. She took us to places I have only seen on television and I loved so much. We got everything: from the ambience of Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Downton Abbey to hidden Thames Valley villages and a true English countryside experience. We had lunch at a Bib Gourmand restaurant and had tea and coffee at an authentic English place. The transfer was excellent and the style of the tour was perfect for us: very relaxed, easy going and exciting. We feel we were led into the world of the English aristocracy – an experience we will never forget. We believe – without any overstatement – we have never had such a great experience. Highly recommended without being biased, these are all facts.’ – Ildikó Hajdú, Hungary
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