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Basildon Park

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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
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+44 118 976 7360
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An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created,...

An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created, dissolved and resurrected - not once, but twice.Basildon Park is an impressive Georgian mansion, surrounded by glorious parkland, which was lovingly rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. The house you see today is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion. They restored the elegant interior and scoured the country salvaging 18th-century architectural fixtures and fittings. They filled their comfortable new home with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture, which can still be enjoyed by visitors today.

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Grand house and very large gounds

Classic stately home with all the grandeur. Also some good exhibitions and a nice tearoom. Large grounds to walk around.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Aylesbury
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Greeted by very pleasant staff walked up to house lovely place interesting interior but much like other national trust properties, the room stewards were delightful and very helpful, same can't be said for tearoom staff wanted some food and drink but they served it in a cardboard cup which was unacceptable as there proper cups behind them was given some... More 

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Aylesbury
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Classic stately home with all the grandeur. Also some good exhibitions and a nice tearoom. Large grounds to walk around.

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Thank paulspod
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Basildon Park on a beautifully bright day last week, so we got the full experience of the grounds - which are wonderful. The house itself is quite interesting and I had the most delicious soup in the cafe! The staff were really helpful as we had my Grandma with us so needed to catch the buggy from the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This site is stunning! The house is magnificent with its neoclassical decorations and interiors. I'm amazed on how much money Lady and Lord Iliffe spent on restoring this house and how much time they spent to find appropriate furniture and artworks. The result is outstanding! The rooms are beautiful and volunteers are eager to share stories with you. They are... More 

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited today and found the house interesting with some beautiful rooms. The guides were very informative as always. Delicious shortbread in the tea room. The grounds would be great for walks when the weather improves.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to meet with friends here on what turned out to be an awful day. The welcome that we got was very warm on a chilly day. This is a beautiful house with a lot to see and asks for a second of third visit especially the gardens on a sunny day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Great introduction to being a new National Trust member, a damp windy day and the walk to the house was still lovely All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable every aspect of the houses 200 year history explained you could be as involved as you like and modern tea rooms with a view of the gardens completed the... More 

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can we say other than WOW!!!!! What a wonderful afternoon tea!!!! Thank you so to everyone at Basildon Park for the absolutely amazing job you guys did putting on an amazing afternoon tea party for my mum, she absolutely loved it, as did we. We were greeted with glasses of processco or elderflower fizz and then led to the... More 

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Thank Pianode
Banham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined the NT trust last weekend as we finally have the time to visit these fabulous properties and grounds. We wil be visiting mostly for dog walking in the grounds and we found Basildon Park, for our first visit, very well signed and well maintained routes, water bowls provided, HOWEVER, being a responsible dog owner, we collected our dogs' waste,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can go here and have a picnic in the lovely gardens. Great for the kids to explore and the house is worth the look. Make sure you bring your camera and walking shoes as has great walking paths

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