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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
Phone Number: +44 118 976 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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Dressed for Christmas!

The house has been decorated for Christmas with trees, garlands and other bits and pieces. Worth an extra visit at this time of year. Lots of walks of various lengths in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The house has been decorated for Christmas with trees, garlands and other bits and pieces. Worth an extra visit at this time of year. Lots of walks of various lengths in the grounds and of course the usual NT fare available in the cafe and shop.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As NT members, we called on Basildon Park as a more civilised 'service station' on the way home from the north of England! The cafeteria is decorated from head to toe in a jungle theme but its done quite tastefully and of course had a welcome coffee waiting for us weary travellers. The house sits in beautiful grounds but the... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went with my partners family so we had a range of ages, I really liked that around the park they had games for the children to play so they weren't getting bored. There was a maze but it was totally overgrown...

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited here with my elderly mother in July. The house was well presented and the food in the restaurant was excellent. Decent jacket potatoes and nice atmosphere. Well done to all.

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Thank Hugemack75
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely place to go wether sun or rain, nice long walks, plenty for kids to do also, the cafe has a good selection of hot & cold drinks & snacks a nice day out.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for classical signing night and was surprised with how lovely whole area is. Recommend it to go there just to enjoy surrounding area. Anything above that is just a plus.

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Thank Predragula
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

House was impressive as were the gardens. Tea rooms good value, lovely walks available.Overall another good National Trust.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yet another great day courtesy of the national trust. Nice tea and cake. Excellent gardens and plenty to see, with a gorgeous back drop.

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here because portions of the popular TV drama Downton Abbey were filmed on location here, and they do a very good job of interpreting the dynamics of that. But with so many other magnificent country homes and gardens in the area, we would not recommend spending much time here unless one is on a very leisurely visit to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a walk in the countryside and a old house to look round.There could be slightly more to do as the gardens were a tad disappointing maybe the weather wasn't its best though so not able to picnic.

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