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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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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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National trust must visit

We are members of the national trust and must say Basildon is one of my favourite places as it is not too far from home and the area brings back memories for my husband who lived... read more

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We are members of the national trust and must say Basildon is one of my favourite places as it is not too far from home and the area brings back memories for my husband who lived close by as a child the house itself is splendid and the volunteers seem to know a lot we were there on a lovely... More 

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Radstock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely House and Gardens. Woodland walks. Plenty of room to sit and have a picnic and loads of space for children to run about. Nice tea room with inside and outside seating. Gift shop selling the usuall national Trust items. Plants for sell too. Really nice place to visit on a lovely sunny day. The walk through the woods was... More 

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Ashtead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an interesting house which in accordance with the NT modern way of thinking is user friendly. The room guides are not "stuffy" and there is much for children to do. The grounds are also attractive.

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

Intersting place whether or not you are into Dowton Abbey. The fifties kitchen was a trip down memory lane for anyone growing up in 50's to 70's. W grew up 70 and remember some of the stuff in our parents' and grand-parents' kitchens. Did spot a plastic food container that I'm convinced was given away with something like washing powder... More 

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

It's an amazing house, lots of quirky details and unique features. It's quite a trek from the car park to the house, but the gardens and woodland are lovely. The tour of the house is exactly what you'd expect from a National Trust tour - lots of history. The Shell Room is fascinating (and just plain odd) which is a... More 

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

The house is lovely and full of history, the volunteers are as always lovely and helpful. The atmosphere is wonderful and then you have a lovely cup of tea/coffee with lunch or a small piece of cake after a short walk on the ground. It is defnitely a lovely day out. If it's raining heavily then the house and lunch... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Throughout the year walking through the park is always spectacular with beautiful trees, flowers and amazing cows! I always look forward to the home made cakes and service in the tea shop with stunning views too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic house and grounds, loads of family friendly elements including outdoor games. Only downside was the queues in the cafe....

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were very surprised how lovely it was the house felt very homely and was very interesting . There are 3 different walks of different lengths & they give you a rough time of how long they take Very good for the disabled as they have a little train like thig that takes wheel chairs up to the house.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an interesting and beautiful house to visit as apart from the experience of the house itself it has been used for filming of such productions as Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Fascinating too is that one of the former cooks who worked in the kitchen was a celebrity cook in the 1980's! The kitchen is well worth... More 

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