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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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Great for day out even if weather isn't great

We went to meet some friends and this location was midpoint travel wise. Not too far from London for a day trip. The weather was overcast but dry - we had 4 children (ages 3-6... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We went to meet some friends and this location was midpoint travel wise. Not too far from London for a day trip. The weather was overcast but dry - we had 4 children (ages 3-6) and a dog with us. Plenty of space to run and play out doors and the cafe/tea room in the mansion was great for lunch.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

A National Trust Property, so free admission for members. It is one of the locations for filming Downton Abbey and there is a very good exhibition to see which explains the filming. We really enjoyed it, was much better than Highclere Castle, which is the setting for Downton Abbey.

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Ascot, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

You're able to see pretty much everywhere in the house which is great. Also theres a nice cafe and good walks

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Reading, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Signposted walks, at a variety of lengths to suit all. Inside you can see where they shot the London scenes of Downton Abbey. Great National Trust cafe.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I am obviously very much in the minority but it seemed to me this House needed large input of pro-active, quality management. Apart from the helpful and friendly volunteers, the place seemed to permeate indolent neglect. Maybe the Trust cannot be held responsible for the largely uninteresting collection and garden- I will give it the benefit of the doubt -... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Interesting, because you see the house as it was lived in in our lifetime, modernised with things we recognise, like the Spong mincer and the Bel Cream maker in the 1950's kitchen. The views from the gardens are spectacular into the valley, tho' a bit spoiled by the busy railway. The octagonal room for receptions was probably my favourite in... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

With mobility issues I enjoyed my second visit to this lovely house. The exhibit to the side of the main entrance well worth checking out as its all on one level and hosts Downton Abbey video and bits, a little about the building and grounds being used in films etc. I was whisked up to the top of the hill... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Living locally with National Trust Passes we walk here regularly. The house is interesting and grounds are idyllic to walk around whatever the weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A beautiful house - I loved all the rooms. Also very interesting to see the different scenes of Pride & Prejudice and Downton Abbey that have been filmed in each of the rooms - look for the red folder in each room which shows you photos of the filming and also gives you some fascinating insights about the things that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I love visiting Basildon Park as it is such a lovely house. I quite like the newspaper type information bulletins in the rooms but wonder why these are not laminated to save them from getting grubby. The restaurant has the best caramel slice ever. The shop has a good range of items with helpful staff.

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