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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
0118 976 7360
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Ranked #4 of 40 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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Neath, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great house with handy picture folders in rooms used for filming Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice to name but a few. Loved it. Cream tea nice too! Would definitely recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It's about 45 mins walk from Pangbourne station and for a short section there is no pavement to walk on - careful of the traffic. The staff where friendly and the free tour was good. The large garden was mostly "natural" some large estates have themed gardens. It had some nice paintings

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you enjoy period dramas then this is a must as Downton abbey, Pride and prejudice was filmed here (briefly). Nice house and gardens well worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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163 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This house may be famous for its appearance in Pride and Prejudice but, it really is, so much more! The house is stunning and the grounds are even more perfect- definitely a place to take a long walk. Highly recommended.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The best way to experience the vast grounds of Basildon Park is to join one of the guided nature walks on Friday mornings. The guides are knowledgeable and you see far more than you would without a guide and learn a lot in the process. From fairy rings to multiple varieties of orchid, there's much to see here.

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fantastic grounds and house great - a perfect day out Did the walk around the Boundary - but there are shorter walks if you want

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The house was beautiful. Seeing where "Downton Abbey" and "Pride and Prejudice" were filmed was fascinating.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The gardens and house are just beautiful. My visit was made even more enjoyable by the fact that the house is featured in Downton Abbey and as you walk around the house there are pictures of scenes from the show on display in the rooms used.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lovely grounds but full of uncontrolled children. The house is interesting and the guides are very pleasant. Shame it was like a crèche.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

From the moment I saw Basildon Park, I fell in love with it. It is a warm and welcoming house, and although the rooms are very grand, you feel immediately that it was a real, much loved home. The talk which takes place outside beneath the sundial is worth going to, and the lady who gives a guided tour of... More

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