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“Basildon Park”
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Basildon Park
Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 19, 2014

A pleasant visit, beautiful grounds.
However service in the café was slow and the Macaroni Cheese utterly tasteless!

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We visited on a glorious day and it was incredibly busy which was nice to see. The grounds are vast and ideal for the kids to run around while you relax. I don't wish to sound unappreciative of the amazing history we have in this country but this was possibly the least enjoyable property I have visited in a while. I found the interior quite average and a little dusty and raggedy around the edges. The staff as always are amazing and incredibly knowledgable and helpful.
This property has been used in a number of films and most recently in an episode of downtown abbey.
We didn't use the cafe facilities because the queue was horrendously long and as usual not enough seating. We only stopped for about 90 minutes before we headed for another venue.

As an NT member I may visit again but I would not pay the gate price as I felt it a tad steep.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

On this visit to Basildon Park we were with a friend and decided to have lunch in the cafe.
As we all know most NT cafes are staffed by volunteers, and on this day everything was such a muddle. Soup not ready, 15 minute wait, queues out the door - not because the place was overcrowded but because service was so slow. Tables sticky and in all the time we were there we didn't see anyone wipe them. Cleared, but not wiped.
Catering is now an integral part of the Trust's provision for visitors, and we all know that some visitors only come for the tea-room!!
Needs sorting out by professionals.
Otherwise day was fine - good displays, well informed stewards, plenty of parking and buggy service available - and the sun shone!!

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

A handsome building with an interesting story. We did not realise that it was used in Downton Abbey, but once we were in there we were told this and told it again and again. We would have liked to have had more information on the former owners who had achieved so much but turning the fortunes of this place around. It was smaller than we expected and what it looks like in the NT guide book but it made a for a pleasant afternoon in the sun.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We had a nice weekend visit to the Basildon Park. The GPS brought us to the exit but it was easy after we followed the signs. The weather was nice and we had a nice lunch in the garden. The castle was nice but it looked like they spent more effort on showing off the downtown abbey...

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