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Basildon Park

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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
Phone Number: +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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A lovely setting

Great place for a walk in the countryside and a old house to look round.There could be slightly more to do as the gardens were a tad disappointing maybe the weather wasn't its... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a walk in the countryside and a old house to look round.There could be slightly more to do as the gardens were a tad disappointing maybe the weather wasn't its best though so not able to picnic.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go often for the lovely walks at all times of the year. Bluebells are spectacular as are the Autumn colours. Lovely in the summer as well. Walks well marked and easy. The longest is about an hour. Haven't been to the house for a couple of years, but when we did it was beautiful and well worth the visit.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting building with some beautiful rooms - including a room where everything is made of shells! The 1950s house is great - a trip down memory lane for those who were around at that time. The gardens are lovely.

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Thank 261els
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place that I've visited many times. However, this was the first tim that I'd visited the gardens. The walks are very varied and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next time.

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Thank Russell C
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we visited Basildon on a rainy day so we weren't keen to stay too long. After the wet muddy trek through the woods we saw the house and had an explore inside. NT volunteers were very helpful/informative which I enjoyed as I love history. We visited with the sole purpose of getting a photograph on that famous balcony! Mission... More 

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been National Trust members for many years but this was our first visit to this property. It was well worth it. There was much to see in the house which was enhanced by the staff who were keen to pass on their knowledge. The kitchen was fun as we recalled our older family members owning some similar utensils.... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We try to visit Basildon Park a couple of times a year. Today we took dog for the 1.5 mile signed walk and it was great on an autumn Sunday afternoon. Not too muddy but was glad to have packed boots. Lovely scenery, clearly marked paths and friendly chat with a helper half way round. Previous visits to house have... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the house on a Saturday afternoon and went straight into the cafe for lunch. We ordered two jacket potatoes, a cheese scone and a frittata. When the potatoes arrived we discovered that they were black at the ends and also cold. We returned them and pointed out that they were not acceptable (especially at £5.95 each). They were... More 

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Calcot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Not only are there miles of lovely country walks at Basildon park there is also the fascinating house to look around. The room guides are friendly and have lots of information if you want it or a smile if you just want to wander around. There is a Cafe that offers meals and cream teas. Part of Downton Abbey was... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was a quick trip through all the rooms at the end of the day when we had unexpected free time in the area. The rooms varied a lot including various bedrooms, dining and receoption, library and a shell-collection room, but for me the highlight was the kitchen, reminiscent of our kitchen when I was a boy, 60 years ago.

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