Cliveden House in Berkshire, England, has been host to many of the politically powerful since 1666, when it was first built by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham to entertain his mistress. Guests to the hotel are still greeted today by the Fountain of Love, commissioned in 1897 for the garden.
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Thames on Cliveden Estate
<a href="http://www.hoteldeicastelli.it/eng/hotel-sestri-levante-genoa.asp" target="_blank">The Grand Hotel Dei Castelli</a> in the town of Sestri Levante, <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/italy">Italy</a>, was built between 1925 and 1929 when the peninsula was bought by a financier for his villa. It was transformed into a hotel full of history and art in 1950.
Cliveden House in England is a #Fodors100 winner in the Country Retreats category. Staying there is like stepping back in time.