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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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Smashing Country house

Great History tour and wonderful feeling about the home. Unusual to find such a gem with that lived in feeling. Enjoyed the piano music provided by another tourist

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great History tour and wonderful feeling about the home. Unusual to find such a gem with that lived in feeling. Enjoyed the piano music provided by another tourist

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A lovely, massive house to explore in the middle of wonderful parks and gardens. A great way to spend a long afternoon. The volunteers here are so passionate about the house and will tell stories about how the house has been lovingly restored. Take a walk down the main staircase, and pretend that you're an extra in Downton! Brilliant!

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Large stately home that sells itself mainly on connections with Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice being filmed there. Interesting rooms but property not that old. Small tea room with limited menu by National Trust standards. Shop down the hill by main car park which was not so convenient for us as we were in the overflow car park on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Planned to go for a visit and use our NT membership. Pleased we did, admittedly the excellent weather on Wednesday helped! Checked opening times first and planned the day with 12:00 house opening in mind. Tea room opened early for a snack then we headed out for a walk around the 400 acres! The walks are very well marked out... More 

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Carshalton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

An interesting historic house in a lovely setting. Not original fixtures & fittings due to it's history but beautifully appointed by the family who rescued it in the 1950s. The house has been used for several films & TV programmes such as Downton Abbey. A red kite soaring over the garden was a delightful sight.

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Melksham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Unfortunately much of the furnishings are not original, and there is little in the way of children activity for families. That aside, it has some nice decor. There are no litter bins, so if you buy a drink as you enter you are doomed to carry it around until you get to the restaurant in the house where staff will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Arriving at 10:45, we could walk the grounds but not enter the house until 11:00 or 11:30 when the guided tours started. We opted for the 11:00 which started with a 15-20 talk in the entrance hall with everyone standing and itching to get moving. Once we were under way it was excellent. If you want to tour the house... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Whilst the house doesn't open until mid day, there are tours at 11& 1130. We went on a film tour. Despite not having seen any of the tv or films made at BP, we found the tour extremely interesting.the guide was great with our kids. Pros All Staff knowledgable Lovely grounds and house Delicious cheese scones Fab painted walls in... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

My wife and i wanted to visit a national trust property and as we have seen Highclere Castle we wanted to see another property that was also used in the Downton Abbey series. Although we were unable to see the whole property because of lack of volunteers, what we did see was lovely. There are plenty of grounds to explore... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went with one of our daughters and family on an annual vist to this excellent NT property. They had to use an overspill car park in front of the house, thus avoiding the walk from the usual car park at the bottom of the hill. Although very cold and windy we thoroughly enjoyed walking round the grounds, our granddaughter... More 

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