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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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Do the tour!

Great old house to visit, however I'd definitely recommend doing the tour (and calling ahead to confirm tour times- ours was 11:30 which wasn't on the website). It took about an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Great old house to visit, however I'd definitely recommend doing the tour (and calling ahead to confirm tour times- ours was 11:30 which wasn't on the website). It took about an hour and our guide was so informative, it really added a lot to the visit. The National Trust website says that it's a 50's house inside however most rooms... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We are members of National Trust and mainly use the facilities for walking. We came here after Christmas and took the 3 mile longest walk to burn off some of that Christmas food! Beautiful woodland walk with the opportunity to spot wildlife. Was very muddy which is to be expected for this time of year. Fantastic for children as there... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

My aunt works as a volunteer here so we went to see what the fuss was all about so to speak Parking is easy enough near the house itself, but watch yourself as it can be slippery if it's recently been raining. When we went, the weather had been bone dry for several days so no issues there. The exit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We went on a rainy New Year's Day to visit the house and grounds. It was still decorated for a Christmas house party. The volunteers gave us a warm welcome and there was the chance to eat a freshly made mince pie in the kitchen. Whilst the house is a bit of a mix of styles inside the various rooms... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Basildon Park is a National Trust property often used for filming . Here you step back in time , play the grand piano in the great hall , imagine you are sitting down for dinner in the sumptuous dining room along with the local gentry . Sit primly in the lounge, delve deep into the books in the well stocked... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Although we are NT members and don't live too far away we'd never visited Basildon Park before. On a rainy and cold New Year's Day we didn't have high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised by the house and grounds. Several rooms in the house had been decorated for Christmas and clealy a lot of effort had been put in.... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The adult admission price with gift aid is £14.40, but large areas of the house are not open to the public. The exhibits which are on show are interesting enough, but a leisurely tour takes only 45 minutes or so. The parkland is not really an option in inclement weather. The shop promises that it is 'full of interesting items',... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The house is fairly small compared to other local properties, but it was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the guides were all very friendly and knowledgeable. I wouldn't recommend the tea room for lunch. They only offered two options: "soup of the day" or "stew of the day", which were both effectively vegetable soups. But it might be okay for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Went on a lovely walk around the grounds the other day. Great views and despite the frosty weather we throughly enjoyed ourselves. Stopped for a quick hot drink to warm up before we left.

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Hampshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The house is full of interesting things and the staff in the rooms were particularly knowledgeable and helpful. I found the kitchen with its collection of gadgets fascinating and I loved the exhibition of Sutherland's studies for the 'Christ in glory' tapestry in Coventry Cathedral. Evidence of the house fire and the leaky plumbing give the place a real, lived-in... More 

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