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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Gorgeous location and walks, good tea shop.

Beautiful walks, now very dog-friendly (dogs not allowed in the actual house, but can go in certain... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Minks26
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Reading, United Kingdom
lovely house

a really nice house to look around staff told us a lot about it and beautiful grounds had a good... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Cheryl B
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Birmingham, 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
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+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Beautiful walks, now very dog-friendly (dogs not allowed in the actual house, but can go in certain areas of the tea rooms). Lovely woods filled with bluebells, worth a wander, the views are amazing.

Thank Minks26
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

a really nice house to look around staff told us a lot about it and beautiful grounds had a good day their ,i am a member only thing food is well overprice

Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

This is our local national trust property but we still don’t visit regularly because the lack of facilities for young children compared to other places. It is however great for a walk! Dogs are allowed which is a bonus for us. I would say Basildon...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Love going there for a walk, a little pricey but on a beautiful day, it is well worth is, and finish with a scone and tea at the cafe in the house. Will do a perfect, chilled Sunday.

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Lovely Georgian house set in beautiful parkland, not to many formal gardens to see. Lots of lovely walks to do through the park.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Interesting house and gardens. Would agree with another reviewer that signage could have been better. Not my favourite NT property.

Thank pco1
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We are regular National Trust visitors but have a serious complaint about this one. There are no information boards in the rooms. When asked I was told that visitors take them away and they are too expensive to replace! Please don't tell me there are...More

1  Thank Brownie1949
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

A great day out combining a walk through the grounds and Woodlands at Basildon Park along with a visit to the National Trust house. With 400 acres there's plenty of space for picnics, frisbees and just relaxing. The volunteers in the house were interesting and...More

1  Thank julieE2579XR
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

The mansion has connections with the East India Company. Sir Francis Sykes commissioned John Carr of York to build him a Palladian mansion. Unfortunately, it was requisitioned during both world wars. After WW11 the mansion was left derelict with every window broken. It was in...More

Thank Valerie T
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

As usual very friendly and knowledgeable staff , interesting history and well maintained . Could do with some signs though

1  Thank malchaps
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Response from Laura B | Reviewed this property |
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Response from 789surprise | Reviewed this property |
We were given a year's subscription of National Trust membership as a christmas present, so it did not cost us anything! We checked the entry price and it was around £12.70 for adults.
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