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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Innovative restoration!

Two of us visited Basildon Park on a dull September day. As we approached the house, it seemed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Pretend you're in Pride and Prejudice.

Gorgeous grounds, a beautiful house and a really breathtaking cafe which is worth seeing! There are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Reading, 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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us visited Basildon Park on a dull September day. As we approached the house, it seemed quite forbidding and stark. The moment you walk in through the upstairs doors under the portico, however, the place is transformed into a stunning series of surprises...More

Thank TheFourOxfordGirls
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous grounds, a beautiful house and a really breathtaking cafe which is worth seeing! There are plenty of walks to do of varying lengths.

Thank BritishNikki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being part of the national trust and free entree passing close to this venue we popped in and had a look around the garden a good couple of hours relaxing

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is run by the N T and if you like historic houses it's worth a visit,it has large grounds and gardens as well as a lovely house to walk around ,there is a nice cafe with outdoor seating but the menu is quite...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Basildon Park today. Beautiful house, lovely gardens. Nice woodland walks. Sun was shining. Really nice place to take the in-laws, kids, friends. All round nice day. Take a picnic with you as plenty of lovely grounds to sit in and enjoy yourself.

Thank Sophie A
Reviewed 14 September 2017

went with a friend that hat a national trust membership. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a lovely Lady. we even had a guide the lady was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. we went and had afternoon Tea that was very nice and...More

1  Thank 175lora
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Good place to visit. House is interesting, good places to walk and take a picnic or eat in their restaurant which offers a limited, and somewhat expensive menu. Although the food is good.

Thank Rita M
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Met up with friends for lunch, cafe good but a bigger selection of food would be welcome. Much enjoyed the house and garden, just managed to miss the heavy rain. My sister and one of our friends who both use wheelchairs were very impressed by...More

Thank 25Jenny
Reviewed 12 September 2017

A really enjoyable visit to this lovely 18th house that has had a chequered history but which is now being carefully maintained by the National Trust. The house has some beautiful furniture and paintings but could do with more information about them. There is a...More

Thank Ianeff
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Having lived locally but never visited, we didn't have high expectations but were pleasantly surprised. It was very welcoming to all the family. Lots of activities for the children to participate in, including a quiz when looking around the house, outside activities, and lovely walks....More

Thank Alemattmum
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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.
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