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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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A must for the film buff

Lovely place to wonder around, have a picnic and take in the lovely scenery. Quite a few TV programmes have been made there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely place to wonder around, have a picnic and take in the lovely scenery. Quite a few TV programmes have been made there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in Georgian architecture this is worth a quick visit. It is an interesting house because it was completely re built in the 1960s and was very much lived in. It is a lovely park.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The house steward brought the house to life for all of us, from the 5 year old to the 75 year old. The staff in the tearoom were helpful and friendly.. All in all probably one of our nicest NT days out.. We will visit again.. The 9 year old particularly loved being able to play the grand piano..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

One of my favourite National Trust Houses. The gardens are superb to walk round including forest tracks and the house has a relaxed feel to it offering you a good viewing without the feeling that you should not be there! I go there 3/4 times a year. Love it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We arrived on a rainy June day and were not quite sure what to expect. The house is a National Trust property, free to members. The tour started on the 2nd floor. The outside of the house is plain, but once inside there is a definite wow factor with ornate ceilings, wallpaper, etc. The previous owners bought it specifically to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I visited Basildon Park with my son to look round the house and gardens. The highlight for us was being able to play the piano 'under the stairs' but we also enjoyed the kitchens and grounds, with plenty of space to run around. A perfect place for a picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

National Trust property with sweeping fields surrounding a beautiful house. The house had an interesting past and has been tastefully restored. A bit of an uphill walk through woods from entrance to the house; we took the buggy up to the house and walked back! It is worth talking to the volunteers as they have some interesting stories to tell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Went to Basildon as we were staying in the area, definitely worth a visit. Very well kept, as are all NT properties. Loved the walks, well sign posted and easy to do. The house was interesting,due to the friendliness and knowledge of the volunteers. Tea room was clean and tidy, staff were lovely. Gift shop had all the usual items,... More 

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visited as National Trust members. We took our puppy so were unable to go into the house. We were welcomed at the entrance by a very friendly member of staff. We walked one of the recommended walks around the park. Well signposted and enjoyable. Stopped for a cream tea at the house. The manager was hugely impressive serving some... More 

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Twyford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great National Trust property and grounds where you can explore, go back in time in the house (even children find something of interest there), watch out for seasonal special activities - it really is a great place for a few hours or a day!

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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
Phone Number: 0118 976 7360
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading

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