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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
Phone Number: 0118 976 7360
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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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Beautiful property with lovely walks

Really friendly and informative room guides, lots to see and learn with excellent grounds to walk through.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really friendly and informative room guides, lots to see and learn with excellent grounds to walk through.

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Thank Sarah294314
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Basildon park overlooks the Thames near the "Goring gap" The house is very interesting with the tea rooms in interestingly painted mural covered rooms. The gardens are simple yet very colourful in summer. The walk from the car park to the house has various games for adults and children alike to play. If you like walking there are a few... More 

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Thank nicky1953
bracknell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good day for a visit to house and gardens. Interesting house, well laid out with great national trustquides to answer the questions. Lots to see and rasa acting , now can understand about the expression below stairs. Interesting to see the use of house for various tv series Well worth the visit Gardens a bit land but maybe it was... More 

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Thank cheersagainone
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yes! A good place to visit! Super gardens & " house" was very interesting ! Plenty of info available re the families that had lived there many years ago.

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Thank Marjorie C
Reading
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Easy to reach by road close to Pangbourne. The house has been thoughtfully restored and lived in until the National Trust took it over. Used for many well known films and tv series. The grounds are well kept and make for an easy stroll especially on a warm summer's day. Well worth a visit.

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Thank John C
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Personally I prefer the outdoor spaces with National Trusts; the gardens, lakes, statues etc. Basildon Park is a nice house with some good rooms set up to show how things like kitchens were run. The outdoor space isn't as large as others and I think with this in mind it's not a place you would go to visit for a... More 

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Thank MarkBarefoot
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

having paid full admission price we arrived at the actual house only to be told the upper floor was shut for deep cleaning. It has to be done, but being charged full price was a con as we could not see half the house. It was not even on the recorded message when we phone for details. No reduced charge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is reached via a wooded walkway, could prove difficult for wheelchair users. The grounds are beautiful with lovely gardens and woodland walks of varying lengths and timescales. The house itself has so much interest and history, guides are full of interesting stories. Definitely recommend a tour with a guide followed by a look around at own pace. Again... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basildon Park is a good house to visit for a few hours. The house has interesting history and is set in really well kept grounds. We went on a tour of the house which is lead by an enthusiastic volunteer. We took a small toddler but the house is not really suitable for small children, especially when they are keen... More 

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Thank Ben T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is quite interesting, it has been used for film sets eg. Pride & Prejudice The grounds, pleasant walks and the cafe/resturaunt is up to National Trust Standard. Set above the Thames Valley at Basildon it is one of our regular N.T. visits

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