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Peg’s Priceless Picks and Worth It


Subject to errors, omission, and price changes without notice.

As some accommodations on this ‘Priceless-Picks’ page are not Chateaux, they are considered some of 'the' most grand hotel’s that you might ever want to rest your head.  Additionally, these 'picks' are not yet included in the Index of Chateaux Choices. Accommodations include several different countries but have been included herein as they remain 'Peg's Favorite Hotel's'.

1.  THE OAKLEY COURT
Windsor Road, Water Oakley
Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5UR
Tel: +44 01753 609988; Fax: +44 01753 609939  
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The lovely photo from their website, and also one of our favorite ‘Honeymoon’ hotels, Oakley Court offers a unique history.  Just minutes from one of the first towns in England I fell in love with,Windsor, the location of this fine establishment is only minutes from Windsor Castle.  The sometime weekend home of the Queen!  On my list of places people really ought to visit in their lifetime.  Staying at Oakley Court will not give the feeling of experiencing a horror picture, but that of old English charm and comfort.  This home has been brought to the cinema in several movies over the years.

From their Website:  A fine country house hotel in Windsor, The Oakley Court is one of the finest and most renowned country house hotels in England.  Set in over 37 acres of beautiful English landscaped gardens with manicured lawns leading straight onto a private stretch of the River Thames, The Oakley Court is a stunning venue for a wedding, celebration, conference or short break near Windsor.

Rooms - Suites
Suites available in both the Mansion House and The West Wing. If you find a good rate elsewhere contact them directly for a price match. Oakley Court offers 118 beautiful en-suite bedrooms with typical Victorian grand sash windows, decorated in a traditional country house style. Choose from any of our splendid and indulgent bedrooms, whether it's a suite which offers the decadence of four poster beds and beautiful views of the River Thames or the coziness of our deluxe bedrooms.  Oakley Court Hotel can offer Executive Double and Family rooms, River Deluxe Doubles, Superior Twin rooms and Junior Suites all with 24 hour room service.
-Superior Double: A standard bedroom which offers 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi available and tea and coffee facilities.
-Superior Twin: A standard bedroom which offers 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi available and tea and coffee facilities.
-Riverview Deluxe - £30 supplement: A guaranteed River Thames view, plus 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi available and tea and coffee facilities.
-Executive Double - £50 supplement: A larger bedroom with a Super King Size Bed plus 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi available and tea and coffee facilities.
-Executive Family - £50 supplement: A larger family bedroom plus 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi included, complimentary Independent Newspaper, large fruit bowl, juice drinks, 1 free movie per night, tea and coffee facilities.
-Junior Suite - £100 supplement: A larger bedroom with an Ipod Docking Station plus 2 complimentary bottles of water, complimentary use of bathrobes, toiletries, in-room safe, mini fridge, comfort cooling, iron & ironing board, Wi-Fi included, complimentary Independent Newspaper,  £5.00 drinks voucher, room service with no tray charge, large fruit bowl and tea and coffee facilities.

To book a bedroom or for more details, please call 0844 854 2910.  To book a conference call 0844 854 2911. To book a bedroom call 0844 854 2910. Please note our check-out has changed from Midday to 11am.

With impeccable attention to detail, unbeatable service and within easy reach of Heathrow and London, The Oakley Court is ideal for a range of different events. Whether you're planning a meeting for 5, a conference for 500 or a teambuilding training day, The Oakley Court has the facilities and space you need. And with its stunning location and tranquil setting, the hotel is a simply beautiful backdrop for your wedding.

With local attractions including: Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse, Legoland and Thorpe Park and fantastic onsite leisure activities, The Oakley Court is also the first choice for family breaks and weekend breaks in Windsor.  Leisure facilities include: an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis, golf, snooker and self-drive boat hire.

Oakley Court is conveniently located on the A308 between Maidenhead and Windsor on the River Thames.  We endeavour to promote more responsible travel options as part of our Green Tourism Business Scheme. We encourage our customers to utilise local and national public transport services. Oakley Court is ideally positioned in Windsor, close to London and a wealth of local attractions. There's plenty to keep you entertained with Legoland, Windsor Castle and Kew Gardens close by. And if you fancy sometime for yourself there's also fabulous shopping on offer in Windsor or in London.

And after all that adventure, the hotel offers an idyllic haven in which to relax after a long day. Rest your weary feet in the pool or sauna; or extend the activity with a session in the gym. Or simply take a stroll in the stunning grounds. And finish the day with an indulgent trip to the Bar and Restaurant and a well deserved night's sleep.

NEW At Oakley Court: The Escape Spa  -   Escape the boundaries of everyday life with a visit to The Escape Spa at The Oakley Court Hotel including:
    Layer upon layer of expert pampering in lovely surroundings.
    Highly qualified therapists expertly trained to deliver luxurious bespoke treatments.
    Treatments available from November 1st 2012
Meetings at The Oakley Court
The meeting facilities at The Oakley Court are exemplary, with a broad collection of boardrooms and conference suites ideal for a formal event and 35 acres of grounds ideal for team-building or marquee functions. The hotel can even provide facilities for an event on the Thames. The Victorian surroundings make an interesting setting for a corporate meeting and create a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony or reception.

Whether you are visiting Oakley Court for a business event or a weekend away, the hotel has plenty of leisure activities for you to enjoy. Tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a nine-hole golf course are contained within the grounds, while indoors there is a gym, indoor pool. In short, the four-star Oakley Court Hotel has everything.

Directions:  The Oakley Court is conveniently located on the A308 between Maidenhead and Windsor on the River Thames.  Satellite navigation coordinates: 51.488228, -0.673114
From London/Heathrow: Exit junction 6 of the M4. Follow the dual carriageway towards Windsor. Take the first exit left. Take third exit off the roundabout and follow the A308 towards Maidenhead. Keep going past Windsor Racecourse and the hotel is approximately 2.5 miles on the right-hand side of the road.
From Reading: Exit junction 8/9 of the M4. Follow the signs for Maidenhead Central (A308M). At the roundabout follow the signs for the A308 Windsor. The hotel is approximately 2.5 miles on the left-hand side of the road.
From M40: Exit junction 4 of the M40 and take the A404 towards Maidenhead. Keep going until you reach the M4 junction 8/9 roundabout. Follow the signs for the Maidenhead Central (A308M). At the roundabout follow the signs for the A308 Windsor. Again, the hotel is approximately 2.5 miles on the left-hand side of the road.
By Train: Oakley Court is 15 minutes by car from Slough train station with direct services from London Paddington and the West, a slower train service stops at Maidenhead train station (10 minutes away) and Windsor Railway station is direct from London Waterloo (10 minutes away).
Helicopter:  We have 2 helicopter pads to land on.
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2. HOTEL MAJESTIC BARRIERE
10, La Croisette
06407 Cannes
+33 (0) 4 92 98 77 00

We call this hotel ‘home’ when in Cannes.  Words cannot describe the unforgettable experiences and culture enjoyed here.  We have always had a room facing the sea or pool, and is the only room we will accept.  Directly across the street from the Palais des Festival, the location of the annual Cannes Film Festival, this is THE hottest area of the La Croisette.  You do not need to be famous to be treated like a star at this hotel, and have at least ten stays here.  You can enjoy the luxury of a heated, outdoor pool year round (though it is quite cool from October to March), a private beach with water sports from the jetty (during summer season) or why not pamper yourself at their Spa Barrière, a genuine oasis of wellbeing, at a cost of course.

From their Website:  Experience life in a palace at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière! The legendary hotel on the French Riviera overflows with luxury, elegance, charm and the high life and has recently added a new wing to the existing 7 floors of its white façade.  Ideally located on La Croisette facing the Mediterranean and the Palais des Festivals, the Majestic Barrière boasts 265 rooms, including  84 suites, two of which are penthouses.

Fine dining also plays an important part of the pleasures that the hotel passionately nurtures, ranging from the private beach restaurant to Fouquet’s Cannes, in traditional French Brasserie style, not forgetting La Petite Maison de Nicole, ambassador of the famous Nice restaurant, reputed for serving the best Mediterranean specialties.

Recently renovated in a contemporary and elegant style, the classic rooms offer a beautiful view on the city of Cannes and bring to your stay a calm and warm touch.

-From € 145 per night - SUPERIOR ROOM: Recently renovated in a modern and elegant style, these rooms located in the east wing of the hotel offer you an all-comfort space favourable to your well-being, thus making your stay a cherished memory.

-From € 215 per night - SUPERIOR SEA VIEW ROOM: Renovated in 2009 in a modern, elegant style, the Superior sea view rooms offer outstanding views facing the Mediterranean.

-From € 365 per night - DELUX SEA VIEW ROOM: 30 sqm rooms recently renovated offering outstanding views of one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, facing the Mediterranean.

Discover one of our 82 Suites including;
-JUNIOR SUITE: The 42 sqm rooms include a lounge area and views of Cannes. Communicating room with with another room of the same category possible from € 525 per night
-SEA VIEW JUNIOR SUITE: The 35 sqm open rooms include a lounge area and views of the Mediterranean. From € 615 per night
-JUNIOR SUITE WITH SEA VIEW TERRACE: The Suites include a bedroom with lounge area and a large terrace facing the sea. Communicating room possible with a room of the same category.  From € 795
-SUPERIOR SEA VIEW SUITE:  Fully renovated in 2009 in an elegant and contemporary style, these suites enjoy a natural daylight wich brightens the rooms.  From € 795 per night
-DELUXE SEA VIEW SUITE:  Entirely renovated in 2009 in a modern and elegant style, the 50 sqm suites include a bedroom and a separate lounge offering exceptional panoramas of the Mediterranean.
-PRESTIGE SUITE WITH SEA VIEW TERRACE:  Entirely renovated in 2009 in a modern and elegant style, the 80 sqm suites include a lounge, a separate bedroom and a large terrace offering an exceptional panorama of the Mediterranean and the famous steps leading up to the Palais des Festivals.
-DOUBLE SEA VIEW SUITE:  The 76 sqm suites include a lounge and 2 separate bedrooms offering exceptional panoramas of the Mediterranean.
-PRESIDENTIAL SUITE:  Fully renovated in 2009, this exceptional (over 120 sqm) suite located on the 7th floor includes 2 bedrooms (with independent lounges) opening into an incredible lounge located under the famous dome and offering a splendid panoramic view of the bay.
-DOUBLE PRESTIGE SUITE WITH SEA VIEW TERRACE:  Set up in 2010, the 160 sqm suites offer two bedrooms, two spacious lounges, and two large terraces offering an exceptional panorama of the Mediterranean and the famous steps leading up to the Palais des Festivals.
-2 Penthouses:  The Hôtel Majestic Barrière offers 2 penthouses, one of which is decorated by the House of Dior, with view of the blue horizon, the green palm trees on La Croisette and the red carpet leading up the steps to the Palais des Festivals.  Price on website.

Leisure - activities within the hotel:
-The U Spa is for YOU
-Discover a modern area devoted to wellbeing, relaxation, escapism and serenity…

-Beach/ Water sport:  A private beach of white sand and a jetty for water sports to enjoy a delicious moment in the Cannes sunshine.
-Outdoor Pool:  Lounge on a sun bed after a dip in the pool! Relax in the outdoor pool (heated all year, 27°C), or on the terrace around it!
-Sports in the U SPA's fitness hall
-The U Spa Barrière includes a fitness hall fitted with the latest in sports equipmenti (treadmill, bicycles, etc.). A coach assists customers by identifying the muscles which require work and explaining the correct exercises to do.
-Hotel Boutiques: There are pproximately 1300 sqm of luxury stores in the new wing of the Majestic. Only for our custommers and for the people of Cannes' pleasure during their shopping afternoon on one of the most beautiful avenue of the world.
-PRIVATE PROJECTION ROOM: The film industry’s second home: the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes
-Bars and restaurants within the hotel:  The Hôtel Majestic Barrière has three restaurants on offer: La -Petite Maison de Nicole, Fouquet's Cannes and the B Sud, the private beach restaurant.
-The Gallery Bar at Fouquet's Cannes is also waiting to welcome you.
    3 Restaurants 
-La Petite Maison de Nicole (An institution of cuisine from the Nice region)
-Fouquet's Cannes (The Mediterranean version of legendary Fouquet’s)
-Sud private beach restaurant - Located on the white sand beach, in a casual yet chic ambience.
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This is what we see when we walk up the driveway to the front of the hotel. How about your first flight in a helicopter? Cannes-Mandelieu areodrome is just 15 minutes away. 
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3.  EDEN PALACE AU LAC - VILLA EDEN
RUE DU THÉÂTRE 11
CH - 1820 MONTREUX
T +41 21 966 08 00 | F +41 21 966 09 00 
info@edenpalace.ch  

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Our first stay at this enchanting Palace was approximately 1983, when the hotel had a partnership with Best Western International.  Since then we have enjoyed Eden au Lac on several occasions taking in the Swiss Riviera.  On one visit at check-in there was quite a lot of excitement as David Bowie had just taken lunch there.  Other famous persons can also be seen here during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  

The city of Montreux is a must visit local anytime you’re in Switzerland.

From their Website:  Upon entering The Eden Palace au Lac you will feel welcome in a great atmosphere and environment. All our staff takes great pleasure in making your stay unforgettable. 

With tradition and exceptional panoramas we offer: 100 rooms comprising, 90 Double Rooms, 9 Junior Suites and 1 Suite. All rooms with bathroom, mini bar. 
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The hotel offers free internet access throught the TV,  a  high speed Internet connection for PC and Pay TV with a selection of 50 movies per month. 

All lakeside rooms have air conditioning, with either balcony or terrace overlooking the Lake and the Alps. The majority of city side rooms have a balcony with view over Montreux and its surrounding mountains. 

Villa Eden au Lac is a private villa, located on the shores of lake Geneva offering panoramic views over the water and the Alps. Featuring 5 rooms and Suites, the Villa Eden au Lac has been entirely renovated and is the perfect spot for a romantic hideaway or for an exclusive use for a family or a small VIP group. As a private Residence, guests of the Villa can use all outlets and service features at the Eden Palace au lac.

La Terrasse "Chez Gaston" is the place to be for Gourmets in Montreux. The Eden Palace au Lac team will take great pleasure in welcoming you for a moment of relaxation in a "Belle Epoque" décor, should it be for a romantic dinner, or with family or for business.  

Wellness:  The garden of The Eden Palace au Lac gives you the feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. You can relax at the pool, do some sport in the Fitness centre or sweat in the sauna. If you just want to sunbathe, then you will be happy to do so in the garden.

Find the most current prices online and information abour out partner Hôtel du Grand Lac Excelsior, make an appointment and give yourself a special treat. 

To explain to curious people why Montreux attracts so many people is understandable because this little district of 20’000 people is full of surprises. Montreux offers to our visitors a breathtaking view on the lake and on the mountains. Each year, the Montreux Jazz festival welcomes famous musicians and generates the venue of thousands of people. Moreover, Montreux is a wine-producing region and owns many historical sites such as the Chillon castle.

Montreux is not only a great destination but also a revealing place where visitors can enjoy their stay. 

See Freddie Mercury statue in the square within a minute’s walk.

EDEN PALACE AU LAC HISTORY

1894 The first mention of the hotel dates back to 1894. Before this date no records can be found in the archives.
1896 Official opening of the hotel in October 1896. The first publicity appeared as follows: HOTEL INTERNATIONAL close to Kursall Montreux Lakeside.

Reopening September 10th 1897.  Hotel completely new, recently opened, First class establishment comfortably fully furnished. View spreads over the Lake and Alps, Lift, Electric lighting. 
1899 Montreux establishment is bought by a consortium of business personalities from the
Lausanne area. ( F. Hummel, Manager ). 
1904 At the turn of the century the late "HOTEL INTERNATIONAL EDEN". 
1914 The First World War puts a stop to the expansion of tourism in Montreux. The clientele of such Grand Hotels are ruined and the generation that created Montreux disappears. Through lack of money the building soon deteriorates. Montreux and other parts of Switzerland see such establishments turn into convalescent homes. Fortunately the Hotel Eden does not succumb to this extreme. 
1920 Montreux The Crazy Years 1920 – 1939. During the difficult years, Mr. Emile Ebehard –Falleger ( 1877 – 1963 ) takes charge of this property and becomes General Manager of "GRAND HOTEL EDEN". He was associated with the hotel since 1910. 
1937 The death of architect Louis Villard in June 1937. Amongst his architectures were the (Hotels Suisse, The Excelsior, Villa Toscane & Eden ) 
1940 The Second World War drastically destroys Tourism and the hotel succumbs to the worst time during its history. 
1956 June 1st 1956 sees the end of the reign of Mr. Ebehard and the sale of the hotel to Mr.Tissot from the Grand Hotel in Vevey. During the years that follow, the establishment is progressively modernized. In the early sixties there is a project to destroy the Hotel Eden and be replaced by an establishment ultra modern comprising of a 15 floor Tower. 
1974 After the first petrol shock in 1974 The Hotel Eden escapes demolition. From1974 – 1995 a new start for the Hotel Eden thanks to the expertise of Carlo De Mercurio during a period of 10 years. At the start of the 1980’s the group CDM presided by Carlo de Mecurio acquire the establishment and it becomes " The Eden Palace au Lac ".
1975 Charles Aznavour stays at the hotel during the month of October. 
1976 August 5th celebrity pianist Sammy Price king of the blues, holds a concert in the Salon Belle Epoque, The great pianist Sir Charles Thompson is invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival and stays at the Eden. Veronique Sanson, Charles Mingues & Dizzy Gillespie stay at the Eden in October 1976. 
1977 The federal council of Switzerland (Mr. Chevellaz, Cevey, Gnaegi Fugler ) attend a meeting in the Salon of the Hotel Eden.
1979 During February the group Eruption stay at the Eden 
1983 Pop Star Christine Mc Vie stays at the Eden on September 3rd
1990 In the month of May Roger Moore stays at the Eden au Lac. 
1996 Florent Pagny stays at the Eden au Lac from July 17th – 19th. 
1998 Umberto Tozzi stays at the Eden au Lac on the 13th of June.

Sport - Activities 
The Pearl of the Swiss Riviera, situated between Lake Leman and the Alps with its unique Micro Climate, Montreux offers a variety of Attractions and Activities that allow each visitor to spend many a pleasurable moment.  
With a wide choice of excursions, either by Train, Bus or Boat, on foot or Mountain Bike you can explore and discover the town of Montreux. It has the most magnificent flower adorned Quay Side, Alpine Gardens and Vineyards, also Historical Monuments ( world renowned Chateau  Chillon ) and Museums ( Museum of Beaux Artes in Vevey and the Olympic Museum at Ouchy, Lausanne ). 

The Montreux Jazz Festival takes place every year in July, with many legendary Guest Stars. The festival of Comedy, September Music and the Christmas Market are amongst many others. Montreux also offers a wide choice of Sport activities in summer and winter:  Golf, Tennis, Mountain Bike, Swimming, Rambling, Horse riding, Para Gliding, Sailing, also Cross Country and Alpine Ski. You can find plenty of information of the website under www.montreux-vevey.com

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4. HOTEL SCHLOSS MÖNCHSTEIN*****
Mönchsberg Park 26
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Tel: +43 (0) 662 / 84 85 55-0; Fax: +43 (0) 662 / 84 85 59
Email: salzburg@monchstein.at

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Our first stay here was in the mid-80’s, where I unfortunately was recovering from altitude sickness so that first experience was a somewhat limited.  The view however from our room overlooking the old town of Salzburg will forever be implanted in my brain.  A former Cardinal’s residence, possibly a little challenging to locate, but then we have always found great sign postings to help your search. 

From their Website:  The ultimate luxury hotel in Austria in Salzburg high above the roofs of Mozart's city.  Your luxury hotel in Austria in Salzburg was awarded SUPERIOR standing by the Austrian Hotel Association. The 5 star hotel not only convinces with its exclusive romantic amenities, but above all with a competent team with heart.  Please note that the Hotel Schloss Mönchstein will be accessible only on an alternative route until December 2012 due to infrastructural renovations in summer.  Please calculate with minor time delays when planning your arrival, thank you very much! 

Amazing nights in a Romantic Hideaway – the Castle Hotel in Salzburg... in the most enchanting city hotel in the World!  In our small castle hotel, we offer 24 exclusive rooms and suites where 5 star superior luxury is noticeable not just in the décor, but also in the service. 

All of the rooms and suites in our city hotel are individually and lovingly finished – either in the design of a “Viennese studio” or with the incomparable character of the castle.  The attention to detail can be seen in the precious antiques, selected materials and sophisticated interior design.  Enjoy the breathtaking view from the castle hotel over the city or of the fairy-tale castle park! 

Modern technology such as TV equipment with DVD player, air condition, highspeed internet access in the rooms and useage of a hotel laptop with wireless-LAN in the public areas are self-evident and surely free of charge. 

The bathrooms standing for a special oasis of calm and relaxation. Furnished with precious Calacatta marble and particularly luxurious accessories, they offer you sublime surroundings in which to rejuvenate. 

Rent your castle Here, you have the unique opportunity to become the lord or lady of the castle! We follow the wishes of even the most ambitious guests for privacy and offer a fantastic setting for your company partys, meetings, receptions or family celebration.

Simply book the castle EXCLUSIVELY.  We would be pleased to create an individual offer for you. Our castle hotel is situated in the heart of Salzburg. Idyllic and nevertheless near to the city, with a marvelous panoramic view over the city, our hotel in Salzburg is only a few minutes walking distance away from the Mönchsberg-elevator. 

Gourmet Superior -Our chef Michael Helfrich offers delicious and extraordinary creations in our Restaurant Schloss Mönchstein, which was awarded with 1 bonnet by Gault Millau. Delightful pleasure combined with obliging service await you in our Gourmet Restaurant. 

Wellness Superior - Our MönchsteinSpa is an oasis and source of wellbeing. We offer a variety of massage treatments and cosmetical treatments with products from "Dermalogica" in our exclusive wellness area of your hotel in Salzburg. Let the hands of our therapists effect miracles and visit also our Day Spa. 

Romantik Superior - For romantic ceremonies, like a proposal, a civil marriage in Salzburg or an important anniversary. The Patriarchal masonry paired with modern luxury present the perfect location for you in Salzburg. Insider's tip: The SMALLEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD! 

Incentives Superior - Whether if it is a private event or a corporate meeting in Salzburg, in our luxury hotel you will discover an extraordinary location for individual events.  For more "Superior" we offer the opportunity to rent the whole castle exclusively. Follow the slogan: "Rent your castle". 
 
Castle History of the Hotel Schloss Mönchstein
1350 - "The Mönchstein" is first mentioned in a document for the first time as "Tetelheimer Turm". 
1531 - Virgil Fröschlmoser adds a "Meyerhaus", stables, houses and a chapel to the castle. He also erects a tower at the top of the cliffs and later adds a cistern. 
1622 - The castle is sold to the Muelln monastery. Archbishop Paris Lodron commissions fortifications such as the Monica and Augustine gates and a drawbridge. 
1643 - The Mönchstein is added to making it a three-storey tower according to Philip Harpf. 
1654 - The St. Peter foundation acquires the property for the "learned professors" for them to recuperate from "their heavy cerebral labours". It was the called the Professor's Castle. 
1661 - On the third of August the chapel is ceremonially inaugurated. The modern tower room is used as an astronomy observatory.  
1815 - The Mönchstein was a famous monument even then. Catherina the great thanked the resident owner for his hospitality by presenting him with a garter as a mark of esteem. The duchess of Liechtenstein had a stone bench giving her a panoramic view of Salzburg near the summer house and the poet Alexander von Humboldt wrote enthusiastically of this "piece of paradise" in Mozart's hometown. 
1887 - The banker Leitner has a road build from Muelln to the station of an electric lift be installed on the Mönchsberg. The lift was acquired in 1895 by the city and lasted until after the last war. Only then was it moved to the interior of the cliff. 
1948 - The castle is converted into a hotel.
1956 -  Baron von Mierka acquires the property and converts it into Salzburg's sole 5-star castle hotel.
1984 -  Dr. Klaus Besser includes the Mönchstein in the list of Europe's 100 best rural hotels.
1986 -  The "Hideaway Report" wards its Grand Award to "the world's best city hotel", Hotel Schloss Mönchstein.
1986 - The hotel is awarded the "American Gold Star for Quality" by the B.I.D. - USA.
1988 - Hotel Schloss Mönchstein becomes a member of "Relais & Châteaux" - the world's most beautiful hotel-chain".
1989 - Ceremonial opening of the "Salzburger Hochzeitswand" (a wall on which every marriage is noticed), followed three year's later by the "Schloss Taufregister" (christening register).
1993 - The Schloss Restaurant "Paris Lodron" is awarded two stars by the Gault Millau and bence becomes Salzburg's best restaurant.
1995 - The 500th couple ceremonially wed in the castle chapel.
1996 -  Hotel Schloss Mönchstein becomes founder member of the "European Castle Hotels" chain. 
1997 -  Opening the Mönchstein Panorama Path leading to the Mönchsberg-Altstadt lift. 
2001 -  Completion of ten years of planning of the extension and modernisation of the hotel compliant with its status as an Ancient Monument.
2002 -  Extension and Modernisation work begins. 
2003 -  In mid-June this unique hotel will ceremonially re-open in renovated splendour. 
2004 -  Awarded with the Star Award of the Austrian Chamber of Economy - Professional Association for the Hotel industry 
2005 -  New ownership: Dr. Hans Peter Wild.
2008 -  Refurbishment of the hotel and restaurant. Building of a brand new SPA. 
2010 -  Certificated as the first 5 star hotel superior in Salzburg by the "Fachverband der Hotellerie Austria" Sights in Salzburg and the Surrounding Area. Many sights await you in Salzburg during your holiday. 

Our castle is just a 7 minute walk away from Salzburg’s old town.  Enjoy a pleasant walk into the centre and succumb to the fascination of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Salzburg.  A city full of tradition, history and culture – embedded in magical surroundings, characterized by painstakingly looked-after architecture and known through its world famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Salzburg’s old town was added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites in 1997.  Take a 25 minute walk from the HOTEL SCHLOSS MÖNCHSTEIN*****s up to the Hohensalzburg (high Salzburg) fortress and enjoy the wonderful view of the old town with all of its impressive buildings and sights.

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5.  CLIVEDEN HOUSE - PAVILION SPA 
Taplow, Berkshire, England SL6 0JFTel: 00 44 1628 668561; Fax: 00 44 1628 661837 US Toll Free Tel: 00 44 1628 668561; US Toll Free Fax: 00 44 1628 661837 
email reservations@clivedenhouse.co.uk
 
We have only visited  Cliveden House and Gardens and have not spent the night.  Part of Englands National Trust, the surroundings of this historic home are somewhat intimidating but yet the significance of Cliveden to American is more than interesting.  Even if you don’t want to spend the night, to spend an afternoon enjoy the parkland, walks, gardens, conservatory restaurant  you will be glad that Cliveden made it on your list of ‘things to do’.

From their Website:  An invitation to stay at Cliveden was seldom refused in Lady Astor's day - not least because the bedrooms were so luxuriously appointed and the staff so attentive. The standards she set over 100 years ago are still rigorously maintained today. 

You can be certain of a beautiful room filled with exquisite furnishings and priceless antiques. Luxury accommodation in or near London does not come any better than this.  

Each room is named after a prominent guest or figure from Cliveden's past, and furnished accordingly. It's an experience so unforgettable that our many guests, who return time and again, comment on the friendliness and professionalism of our staff.  
Cliveden has 38 bedrooms and suites and Spring Cottage  
Club Rooms - 4
Classic Rooms - 6
Deluxe Doubles - 12
Junior Suites - 7
Deluxe Suites - 7
Parterre Deluxe Suites - 2
Spring Cottage - 1

All of our bedrooms are double rooms and our Reservations Team will be pleased to advise you of their twinning and adjoining capabilities. Whilst staying at Cliveden all residents can enjoy access to Pavilion Spa facilities (treatments are at an additional cost) and the National Trust grounds.   

Interconnecting Rooms - Suites

Cliveden has a number of interconnecting rooms and suites available that can create a two bedroom option. They are ideal accommodation for families or for those travelling with friends or assistants. Rooms and Suites interconnect via a corridor door or room to room.

Blakeney and Henry James - Two Deluxe Suites (via corridor door)
Buckingham and Westminster - Two Deluxe Suites (via corridor door)
Lady Astor and Buckingham - Parterre Deluxe Suite and Deluxe Suite (Suite to Suite)

-Interconnecting Bedrooms

Winde & Leoni - Two Deluxe Double (via corridor door)
Chaplin and Grenfell - Deluxe Double and Classic Double (via corridor door)

-Dog Friendly Rooms - Suites

We know how hard it can be to leave your beloved four-legged friends, which is why dogs are always welcome at Cliveden - we pride ourselves on ensuring all guests experience the finest of experiences during their stay. There are over 250 acres of National Trust woodland paths designed for your dog to explore. You might even spot the odd nonchalant rabbit.  

A National Trust admission fee of £10.10 per person will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards).   For further information or to book, contact our Reservations Team on 01628 668561 or email reservations@clivedenhouse.co.uk    

Fine Dining at Cliveden - Cliveden has a long tradition of fine food and warm hospitality. George Bernard Shaw enjoyed many a fine meal here as a guest of Lord and Lady Astor and would be equally enamoured by the first class cuisine offered at Cliveden today, which is available to House guests and visitors alike.   

At Cliveden the cuisine, the wine, the service and the ambience all amaze in equal measure. No matter which restaurant you choose you will find courteous and attentive service, excellent food and palate-tingling wines, delivered in the most beautiful surroundings.

There are two very different restaurants from which to choose according to your mood and taste.

The Terrace Dining Room offers not only the finest classically inspired cuisine, but awe-inspiring views of the gardens and Cliveden Estate. For those of you who enjoy a more informal and relaxed atmosphere, the Club Roomis open to House guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner where food is cooked to order and prepared in a gastro-pub style. Whatever your preference, we endeavour to make every diner feel like a personal guest in a beautiful country home.

NB. A National Trust admission fee of £5.60 per person for lunch, and £1.50 per person for dinner will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards).

Cliveden is unique...No one could resist an invitation to Cliveden; From Churchill to Chaplin, Lawrence to Lennon. Fortunes have been made, plots hatched. History changed...

One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland. Cliveden has wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames and is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. 

This tradition of fine hospitality and entertainment continues today. Never out of fashion, Cliveden remains elegantly decadent. Its refined grandeur makes a memorable backdrop, whatever the poison...  

History of Cliveden House
1605 - Estate acquired by Manfield Family
1666 - Estate acquired by George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham. He built the origintal House on the terrace. Built as a hunting lodge to entertain mistress and friends.
1668 - Dual fought between Duke of Buckingham and Earl of Shrewsbury on account of Countess of Shrewsbury, at Barn Elms near Putney Bridge. Earl of Shrewsbury was wounded and later died.
1696 - 1st Earl of Orkney acquired Cliveden estate and lived here with his wife Elizabeth Villiers who was a first cousin of Duke of Buckingham. Earl of Orkney was a fine soldier and fought often for his country Blenheim, Ramillies and Malplaquet.
1737 - Frederick Prince of Wales leased the house from Anne Countess of Orkney and her husband the 4th Earl of Inchiquin who moved to live at Taplow Court which was part of the estate.
1751 - Three Countesses of Orkney. Following the death of Frederick Prince of Wales his wife Augusta gave up the lease on Cliveden and Anne her husband 4th Earl of Inchiquin moved back.
1795 - Devastating fire which destroyed all of the main mansion and only the wings remained.
1824 - Sir George Warrender commissioned William Burn to rebuild the main mansion. All the lost splendour of the earlier years was regained and the lavish entertainment returned. George Canning who was a Prime Minister visited the House often as a good friend of George Warrender and spent time under an oak tree above the Thames contemplating. The tree was subsequently named Canning's Oak after him.
1830 - Sir George Warrender commissioned Comte Alfred d'Orsay to build the Parterre
1849 - Duke and Duchess of Sutherland moved in to Cliveden. During this year the House suffered another devastating fire which again destroyed the main house. The queen saw the smoke from Windsor Castle and despatched fire engines from Windsor to help to fight the fire. Charles Barry was commissioned to rebuild the mansion following the fire when he had found that the fire had been caused by bad workmanship from the previous rebuild.
1861 - Water tower completed by Henry Clutton. The sculpture on the top of the tower is a version of the Spirit of Libery as in the Place de la Bastille in Paris. In 1868 the Duchess died and the house was sold.
1868 - Duke of Westminster arrived at Cliveden. During this time many alterations were made to the interior of the House.
1893 - The Astors, William Waldorf Astor was immensely rich and purchased Cliveden for $1.25 million. In 1894 Mamie, Lady Astor died at the age of 36. William was devastated and became almost a recluse at Cliveden spending all of his time and effort on changes to the House and his home in London.
1897 - Lord Astor purchased the wall panels seen today in the French Dining Room from Chateaux d'Asnieres near Paris. The panels date from the mid 18th century.
1897 - Fountain of Love carved by Thomas Waldo Story in marble and volcanic rock in Rome.
1905 - Waldorf Astor met and fell in love with Nancy Langhorne.
1906 - Waldorf was given Cliveden by his father WIlliam Astor, at the same time he gave Nancy a magnificent tiara containing the famous Sancy diamond which, is 55 carats and is now kept in the Louvre in Paris.
1914 - Waldorf volunteered for the army but failed the medical. The house was offered as a hospital but it was decided that it would be too difficult to adapt. Undaunted, he offered it to the Canadians who created a hospital int he covered tennis court and the bowling alley. Several other buildings on the estate were used as accommodation for staff.
1915 - The Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital could take 110 patients and ended up being able to house 600. In this year Winston Churchill visited and later the same year the King and Queen paid an official visit.
1932 - President Roosevelt visited Cliveden. Many famous people visited Cliveden in the post war years.
1961 - Bill Astor installed the outdoor swimming pool where Christine Keeler and John Profumo met thus igniting the biggest political scandal in British political history.
1969 - Stanford University leased the House for use as a place of learning until 1983.
1985 - Cliveden House becomes a luxury hotel and the story continues...

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6.  CHEWTON GLEN HOTEL - SPA NEW MILTON 
New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK BH25 6QS 
Tel: + 44 1425 275 341; Fax + 44 1425 272 310
US Toll Free Tel: 1 800 344 5087; US Toll Free Fax: 1 800 398 4534 
http://www.chewtonglen.com/index.aspx 
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This beautiful photo from their website, Chewton Glen is a privately owned Luxury Country House Hotel and Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea and easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Recognised as one of the UK's finest hotels Chewton Glen is set in 130 acres of picturesque grounds and is only 90 miles from Central London by car.

Chewton Glen Facts:

5 AA Red Stars
Private owned since 1966
Relais & Chateaux Member since 1971
3 AA Rosettes
Award-Winning Hotel: On-site Boutique
70 Bedrooms and Suites including 12 brand new treehouse suites  Find out more about our luxury 5 star New Forest hotel accommodation...
Vetiver Restaurant - 156 Covers
Notable wine list with over 700 wines
Various Private Dining Rooms for parties and celebrations
The Wine Room for tastings and private dining
Tinkers Bar
Open daily for Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Pool Bar in the Spa for lighter dining options
24 hour Room Service

Find out more about our New Forest restaurant...

Award-winning Spa
Over 60 different Treatments
Exclusive Linda Meredith, ila, Ren Products
17 metre Indoor Swimming Pool
One of Europe's Largest Hydrotherapy Pools
Sauna, Steam and Jacuzzi Bath
Fully equipped Gymnasium with Personal Training
Daily dance and aerobic classes including Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates

Find out more about our luxury spa in Hampshire...

9 hole Par 3 Executive Golf Course
Outstanding Croquet Lawn
4 Tennis course (2 indoor) with on-site residential tennis professional
130 acres of jogging trails and walks
Mountain Bikes
Beach Walks (15 minutes through the hotel grounds to the sea)
Outdoor heated Swimming Pool
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Archery
Falconry
Duck Herding
Apache Buggy Racing

Find out more about New Forest leisure activities...

Voted the UK's finest Incentive Venue
5 State of the art meeting rooms for up to 140 delegates
Latest rear projection screens in boardrooms
Natural daylight in all meeting rooms
Incentive and Team building programmes
Day delegate and 24 hour rates available
An English Original...Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and just a few minutes' walk from the sea. 

A very special place, Chewton Glen is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, is one of the finest luxury hotels in the UK and has been voted 'Best Hotel for Service in the UK' and listed as one of the 'World's Best Hotels' by Conde Nast Traveller readers in 2012.. 

The unsurpassed heritage of effortlessly gracious English hospitality and the balance between heritage and evolution is what makes Chewton Glen a 5 red star luxury Hampshire country house hotel and spa that constantly surprises...

History of Chewton Glen

Documents detailing land and premises known as "Chewton Glen House" were produced in 1732, at which time the building on the present site of the hotel may have been in existence. The proportions of the building suggest a date in the early 18th century.  

Chewton Glen has a famous literary link; Capt. Frederick Marryat stayed for periods during the 1840s and gathered material for his famous novel "The Children of the New Forest". Clearly, the Captain was much attracted to the New Forest and it is appropriate that the hotel has many of its rooms named after The Children of the New Forest and his other of his novels and characters. 

Captain Marryat must have found the area inspiring, on the edge of the New Forest and within easy reach of the sea attracting smugglers to bring their contraband from the Continent up through the grounds and into the forest beyond. Marryat's brother, George, owned the property from 1837 until 1855, when it was sold to the Elphinstone family. 

Between 1947 and 1967 the property had three different owners, and it was the Duval family who first made it into a hotel. The Skan family purchased the hotel in January 1966 and transformed it into its current guise as an English country house hotel. The Skan family sold the hotel in 2007 to private owners who were previously long standing guests of the hotel. 

Through until the present day, Chewton Glen has continued to develop winning countless national and international awards and accolades. From being an author's forest retreat to being voted the "Best Country Hotel in the World" is an astonishing history!  

Welcome to the Spa - The luxury health spa at Chewton Glen hotel embodies the unique purity of a New Forest and coastal location. The staff at our spa hotel in Hampshire are dedicated to personalised service, holistic lifestyle programmes and indulgent spa experiences all delivered in the environment of a world-class retreat.  

Chewton Glen Spa has been named the spa consumer's favorite spa in the UK, as part of its seventh-annual SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards. With a record 360,000 votes cast worldwide by readers of SpaFinder publications (including Spafinder.com), the awards program represents the most complete, real-world consumer assessment of the global spa market.

Voted "In the Top 10 of UK Hotel Spa's" at the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine Reader Spa Awards 2011, only the very finest health, spa and well-being experiences are available at our luxury health spa hotel in Hampshire.

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