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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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National Trust

Good venue for lunch. Not a large restaurant but being a National Trust house it caters well for... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Interesting house, lovely garden with amazing views over the river Thames.

I visit this house on a regular basis with friends and family. The house has an interesting history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reading, United Kingdom
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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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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good venue for lunch. Not a large restaurant but being a National Trust house it caters well for people visiting the house and gardens. Fresh soup, rolls, various sandwiches, cakes etc. Good selection of drinks.

Thank jeajoh78
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit this house on a regular basis with friends and family. The house has an interesting history and the room guides very knowledgeable. There is often someone baking in the 1950s kitchen which fills the house with a delicious aroma. There are little tasters...More

Thank GKB1959
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived in good time to be there when the house opened having been told that the car park is quite small and gets very busy. It is quite a walk uphill through woods to reach this magnificent house set in its enormous grounds The...More

Thank Rosemary64
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had another very good visit. The story is very well told and all of the room guides are so helpful. Especially like the Graham Sutherland room and Chinese bedroom. In the 1950's kitchen there was fresh baked shortbread to try. After the tourist scrum of...More

Thank KAW687
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Basildon Park this afternoon and were in for a real treat. The route through the house had been reversed it was like seeing it for the first time. The rooms were presented as if you were visiting as a guest for Dinner. The...More

Thank funkynan5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just love the grounds and the walk through the woods. My 9 year old loves he ball run and the big open spaces. He happy to go there was Hick is always a big plus.

Thank John P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the house . The volunteers aways pack in lots of enthusiasm and information. The cafe is standard national trust fare, which does include local produce and home baking. Great for an afternoon out with the family or a friend. Sometimes there are cooking examples...More

Thank Sue Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basildon Park is popular - and it is evident why. Lovely woodland walks in the autumn and a delightful house to visit. Suggest you stop for a well earned lunch or afternoon tea. Very worth while re-visiting when the house is decorated for Christmas.

Thank CarenJH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place with history at your fingertips. Surrounded with pleasant gardens. They have filmed Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice so walk in the footsteps of film stars!

Thank SusieK012017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We regularly visit this National Trust Property and they have done something really clever for the winter season. They have created the atmosphere of a formal dinner party. The visit to the house is in reverse order. So you start in the bedrooms and then...More

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Kam T
5 September 2016|
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Response from BGJI | Reviewed this property |
for whole site (grounds & House) It is £13 for adults, £6.50 for children, and £32.50 for family. For grounds only it is £8, £4 and £20 respectively National Trust members entry is free.
20 July 2016|
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Response from ChrisWM54 | Reviewed this property |
There are buses that pass by there, either direct from Reading, or after getting off at Pangbourne or Goring & Streatley rail stations. The latter option would save time. If you're moderately energetic, walking from... More