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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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We finally found the cafe!

We have been here before but assumed the cafe was closed as there was no signage at all and we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Caninecaper
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London, United Kingdom
Get there early to get parking!

Great day out, 3 walks to choose from depending on time but all easy and fairly flat. Nice cafe for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sazelst
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London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good44%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“downton abbey” (117 reviews)
“national trust” (140 reviews)
“lovely house” (45 reviews)
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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
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+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here before but assumed the cafe was closed as there was no signage at all and we couldn’t find it. We went with family this time who had been before and they took us to the cafe. No signage at all, just...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out, 3 walks to choose from depending on time but all easy and fairly flat. Nice cafe for lunch and a good gift shop! Arrive before lunchtime to avoid queuing for the car park!

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Met my elder daughter here today on Mother's day and enjoyed the house very much. Walked around the gravelled paths and as it was a warmish day we enjoyed that too. The tearooms had a reasonable choice of food including tasty soup. The guides were...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Basildon Park is a great place to go for walks. There are lots of different places to see within the park and different length walks to go on. At times like halloween and Christmas there are also the fun trails you can go on to...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A great house in good condition. The lights in the walk thro' the woods are magical as it gets darker. The Military Wives Choir singing on the stairs were very seasonal and atmospheric on a previous visit. Pity they were not there for Christmas 17

Thank Trevor B
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The woodland walks are ideal for walker at any time of year, and being of different lengths can suit anyone. Many dog walkers user walk here daily. We were given a fascinating guided tour of the house’s interior. We learnt about the ups and downs...More

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We like Basildon, the walks, the friendly feel of the house, but it's very special at Christmas. The tea room mustn't be missed!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great place to visit and walk around. Interesting history and architecture to view. Ok tea room and shop.

Thank Alreview01
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The gardens are a pleasant place to wander whilst the grounds are excellent for the more serious walker. The house and its history are extremely interesting and as always it is worth asking the guides questions as they have all of the knowledge. Parking is...More

Thank Christopher M
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

We were surprised how small the car park was even including the overflow area. By mid morning it was full with a queue forming. As stated on the web there is a 400 metre uphill walk to the house where you will find entrance is...More

Thank Tony G
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Kam T
6 September 2016|
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Response from 789surprise | Reviewed this property |
We were given a year's subscription of National Trust membership as a christmas present, so it did not cost us anything! We checked the entry price and it was around £12.70 for adults.
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Kam T
6 September 2016|
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Response from BGJI | Reviewed this property |
for whole site (grounds & House) It is £13 for adults, £6.50 for children, and £32.50 for family. For grounds only it is £8, £4 and £20 respectively National Trust members entry is free.
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VWriter
21 July 2016|
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Response from ChrisWM54 | Reviewed this property |
There are buses that pass by there, either direct from Reading, or after getting off at Pangbourne or Goring & Streatley rail stations. The latter option would save time. If you're moderately energetic, walking from... More
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