Cliveden is the quintessential English country house which has become synonymous with sex, politics, scandal and intrigue. Less well known is its heritage as the country’s foremost literary salon. From 1666 to the present day, Cliveden has served as inspiration to such literary leviathans as Alexander Pope, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Winston Churchill. The Cliveden Literary Festival aims to evoke the spirit of these great writers and continue the tradition of the house as a haven for lovers of literature.