6th April 2015
With the lovely easter weather, it was a perfect excuse to wander the grounds of the stately home, Cliveden, on the premise of finding clues and the prize of an easter egg. A big family get together too. Cliveden, built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1666, is now a hotel and restaurant, but the grounds are managed by National Trust.
The grounds have a large area of formal gardens with interlocking beds, a topiary section and many water features. There is a small lake with central gazebo reached by stepping stones. Also numerous statues including the Fountain of Love designed by Thomas Waldo Story in Rome in 1897. A really fun activity is the maze, not huge but still takes a bit of time to find the centre and exit again. After reminiscing about my step sister leaving her teddy in the centre of Hampton Court Palace Maze when we were kids, my step mum then left her hat in the centre of this one, clearly a family trait! Luckily they found the centre much more quickly the second time round.
We took part in the Easter Egg hunt which involved finding a number of clues about the grounds, answering the questions and collecting the letters on the cards. This then formed the anagram which we had to solve to be given an Easter egg at the end of the trail. A great way to see the variety of gardens and to get a good walk. Luckily we left the great grandparents at home.
I also discovered a great fix for if you leave the baby’s sun hat at home, or aren’t quite prepared for the British summer quite yet. Tie a knot in each corner of a muslin and have an odd man style hankie hat! She even kept it on all day!!
Baby friendly info:
Cliveden grounds are step free but some of the bridges and stepping stones need a baby carrier. The maze is also quite narrow for a buggy so a baby carrier is advised.
There are changing facilities.