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Basildon Park

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Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
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+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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Very picturesque lovely surroundings beautiful house! Pretty tea room. Lots of history! Lovely when weather is warm.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very picturesque lovely surroundings beautiful house! Pretty tea room. Lots of history! Lovely when weather is warm.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here before, and in dry weather it is a very interesting place to be. However we visited yesterday after a couple of wet days. Parking is good, the staff are very friendly, the shop is stocked with some very interesting items, including chocolate nuts and bolts, teapots, spanners, chess figures etc. if you need an unusual present... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited in week as NT member on what ended up being a wet day but not forecast . Was looking to take our springer for a walk around park but as it became wetter paths became very slippery particularly main gate into park at start of walk through gate and very nearly fell on face as far too muddy to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an enjoyable visit here recently. Staff all very knowledgeable about the house, family and their histories. Because of our bank account we get 2 National Trust Property visits annually so it's nice to feel you've visited as almost a freebie! The house is certainly very imposing with a real feeling of a make do and mend attitude. We enjoyed... More 

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Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We come here at least once a year and each time they have changed a display or a room making it interesting every time we go. I have only given 4 stars because on our most recent visit the car park was full and although we don't mind queuing I feel that if the car park was made bigger it... More 

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Thank claire b
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Excellent family day out. All children happy, hoorah. A tad pricey if you have 3 or more children but otherwise no complaints.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you want to learn the fascinating history of Basildon Park or just enjoy one of the many walks through the grounds, then this is a great place to visit. We enjoyed the café and joined one of the organised nature walks on a Friday morning which was run by very knowledgeable volunteer guides. Great fun for a full day.

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Thank Richard G
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

An excellent venue even if you only want to go on the many marked walks within the Park. The cafe is also excellent serving a wide range of food and drinks.

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Thank spr0gget
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Stunning house and grounds used for many films. Walks in the park and gardens a must. Food always good quality if a bit pricey.

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Thank David S
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely gardens. Nice little Café. Fabulous House. Can spend the whole day quiet easily. There are blue bell walks and cows to keep the kids busy. As a National Trust member I like to just pop in for a walk and then tea and cake. A place I have brought my daughter from a very young age. There's always something... More 

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