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The Astor family, living at Clivedon for nearly four generation, had the longest tenure of any of the families that have occupied the house. They were the seventh family to take up residence, and carried on the tradition of previous occupants for redesigning and rebuilding. The link between all of the families was politics, from the second Duke of Buckingham onwards, Clivedon was a magnet for politicians of the day.
When George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham bought Clivedon in 1666 he had the pleasures of the chase and pleasures of the flesh in mind for he built Clivedon as a hunting lodge and a place where he could entertain his mistress and his friends. William Waldorf Astor bought Clivedon from the Duke of Westminster in 1893 for $1,250,000, a huge sum but not perhaps to a man reputedly then worth $200,000,000. Both the house and gardens were redesigned on a grand scale but it was Nancy Astor that brought Clivedon to fame. When King Edward VII came to stay he was most taken with his hostess, even when the King expressed a wish to play bridge and Nancy declined with the phrase 'I'm afraid I can't tell a King from a knave'. She went on to become the first lady Member of Parliament, a remarkable achievement which Winston Churchill described as 'feeling as though some woman has entered his bath with nothing to protect himself other than his sponge'. Guests to Clivedon included European Royalty, Poets, authors, actors and artists, there was never a dull moment. But in 1961 the Profumo affair ended the fairytale that was Clivedon and after Bill Astor died in 1966 the house was turned over to the National Trust and is now a luxury hotel.