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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
0118 976 7360
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Ranked #4 of 41 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

As NT members we visit these properties quite often but this is a bit different as it's a 50s refurbishment. It is smaller than many and all the staff were delightful and informative. Used for filming, most recently for Downton Abbey, there is the added bonus of an exhibition devoted to this. We weren't aware of this so it was... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We usually visit this NT Property at least once a year - either as a couple or with the Family. This Property happily caters for all tastes. Grandchildren are fascinated by the ball runs and will happily play for hours. Great for picnics in warmer weather amongst the trees. Friendly room guides, lots to admire within.

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Preston, England
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Visiting Basildon Park was a really lovely experience. We met on the first floor balcony where we were greeted by our Guide for the morning. She was friendly and informative and obviously loved her job. What was so nice about this venue was that you could get up close to the furniture and fabrics and nothing was cordoned off so... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We are regular visitors. We only view the house occasionally if really wet and spend a lot of time walking in the various grounds around - open pasture, woodland, mixed. Paths are well maintained. The house guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The formal gardens are well managed. We have eaten in the tea room and the food is good but... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I had read about Basildon Park from various Tripadvisor reviews which related to another attraction - Highclere Castle - the connection being that both places had hosted the filming of the hugely popular television series of Downton Abbey. Whereas a number of reviews had not been especially complimentary about the Highclere/Downton conection, these same reviews raved about Basildon Park. If... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I loved the fine house, presented with warmth as a family home with history. The gardens and grounds are beautiful, in a fine location overlooking the Thames. Sadly, we didn't have time to walk far.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Knowledgeable staff. Plenty of interest in the house. Long walk, up hill, from car park to house - take the buggy if walking a problem. Pleasant tea room. Unfortunately didn't have time on the day to use it so don't know anything about the food. Large grounds to walk in. Will definitely return when more time available.

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Wirral
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well preserved house with knowledgeable staff and a quiz for the children. Good cafe if a bit pricey. Plenty of grounds to walk.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lovely staff, very helpful, far better than the money making Highclere. The house is full of charm and the exhibition on Christmas Downton Abbey worthwhile

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This N T property has all the usual features Tea And Coffee,Light Snacks And Hot Food at Lunch time all set in an extension painted with a lot of Jungle scenes very nice .Going back to the Review title some of the rooms in the house where used for the London home of the family in the 2013 Christmas Special... More

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