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Cliveden House was built more than 300 years ago by the Duke of Buckinghamshire.The fame of Cliveden skyrocketed when it was purchased by William Waldorf Astor, in 1893 the richest man in America. Apparently, Queen Victoria was not well pleased. Astor gave it to his son and daughter-in-law, Waldorf and Nancy Astor, who turned it into one of the early 20th century's most important political salons.
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.