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Basildon Park

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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
Phone Number: 0118 976 7360
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Description: 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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Three special revelations

Our visit to Basildon Park was made special by learning three things. Firstly, that it was Basildon Park, not Basildon in Essex, that gave its name to Basildon Bond writing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Essex UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Our visit to Basildon Park was made special by learning three things. Firstly, that it was Basildon Park, not Basildon in Essex, that gave its name to Basildon Bond writing paper. The second was to find that the splendid displays of artificial flowers (apparently worth £1000) are left over from filming an episode of Downton Abbey in a deal struck... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I've probably watched a combined total of 30 minutes of Downton Abbey in my life...yet even I recognised a lot of the rooms here. Definitely come here if you're a proper fan, unlike me. It's truly wonderful.

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Reading,Berks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A really enjoyable property to visit, the staff are very knowledgeable, and mostly are very friendly.

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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Visited and went round the house which was very interesting and as usually the case with National Trust properties very knowledgeable and informative staff.... The most interesting room for me was the shell room.... WOW! Unfortunately the weather was not great so didn't do the walks but the gardens were pleasant and there are some unusual things for children to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A national trust gem which I has been used in Downton Abbey and a number of films. There are guided tours which we really enjoyed.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a National Trust house that has been renovated to a high standard with work ongoing (there is scaffold outside at present). The house is lovely and they used it in Downton Abbey as Granthan House which is their London Home. Various references around the place show things in the filming. Beautiful gardens to walk around.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We have had tea and cakes at Basildon Park several times with family, always pleasant service. Tea and cakes good too, tearoom interesting decor, paintings of the Far East all around.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Had a good tour around this wonderful grand home. Lots of things to see and learn about. The gardens are nice to walk around as well

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richmond surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

lot of Graham Sutherland sketches and drawings and paintings, in addition to story of the saving and restoration. used for filming etc we are acquiring our passport from NT ( friendly rivalry with very good friends) so another notched up. this is an interesting place

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Not far from Reading, in beautiful Berkshire, on the Pangbourne road lies the often unheralded parkland that is Basildon. A name perhaps more frequently recalled as Basildon Bond the writing-paper - yes, it is that Basildon! However, the park is a power in its own right. The house is the jewel, not as grand as others in the National Trust... More 

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