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Basildon Grotto
Lower Basildon, Berkshire

Basildon Grotto, overlooking the Thames in Lower Basildon, was built in the early 18th century by Viscount Fane of Basildon Park. His wife, Mary, a Maid of Honour to Queen Anne, used it as a riverside retreat. She had it decorated in fashionable shellwork which, according to the poet, William Shenstone, "cost more than her house". It is currently known as ILAM House.

Basildon Grotto is the property of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management. It is available for wedding receptions and corporate functions.

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