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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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Fantastic day out. Very impressed with tours and very friendly, helpful staff. Thoroughly recommend this as a day out for a Downton Abbey fan as having also visited Highclere... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fantastic day out. Very impressed with tours and very friendly, helpful staff. Thoroughly recommend this as a day out for a Downton Abbey fan as having also visited Highclere Castle whilst in the area this was definitely a better experience and value for money.

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Disappointing property in large parkland. We didnt feel the house had any particular interest or ethos. Guides were helpful. Cafe was dark and long wait to be served due to poor layout at servery.

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Wokingham, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A nice little house, loads to see there and you can go around pretty much all of it. Expansive grounds, can do lots of walks around. And a pretty formal garden with stunning views. The cafe there is ok but not much choice. Lots of cakes though!

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Pangbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great place for a day out with the family. Lovely woodland walks, option to tour the house, tea room, beautiful grounds & activities for the kids all year round and is dog friendly. The only improvement it needs is in the food served in the cafe as choices are too limited.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Took the boys here as it is national trust and fairly local to us, the boys and I enjoyed making a base in the woods and the grounds. We sat and ate our picnic on one of the tables, the grounds are lovely and you can take the dog as long as it's on a lead, we walked and played... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great day out, the kids loved the ball experience running round the park. The house is very interesting, especially the Downtown Abbey room. The food is very good value in the restaurant

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting national trust property. Used for some filming of Pride and Prejudice. Good cafe. Good gift shop. Use to visit regularly when we lived in Reading. Open pretty much all year round. Not too big for younger children, she'll room fascinating.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I visited today with my elderly mother and on a horrendously rainy day in a week where I felt NT over load!!! However, the staff in every room were outstanding and were both friendly and informative. The house itself reflected the eclectic taste and creativity of the owner back in the 50s and certainly kept my interest . I am... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful exterior, fabulous gardens and spectacular views. The interiors are both homely and comfortable, you could imagine living amongst the art and splendour, and elegant. The links with Downton, The Duchess, Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version) and Parade's End are well documented in a small exhibition and photo books placed discreetly around the rooms that have been used for... More 

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

As a National Trust member I like to make the most of membership. Very few sites disappoint - and this is no exception. A lovely few hours spent visiting the house, walking in the grounds and then that visit to the tea shop.

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