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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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Lovely property to visit!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
claire b
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Wells, United Kingdom
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Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My enjoyment of my visit started even before setting eyes on the main property itself, as I was apprehended at the entrance and exhorted to contribute in a non minimal manner to the organisation responsible for the upkeep of the property. They had such a hunger for their task, that it could only be the result of some deep religious... More 

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

Visited one very cold January midweek morning. Arrived in time for the first guided tour of the day. Our guide clearly loved the house and gave a very warm, detailed history of the house and it's owners, spending extra time with us as we went on through the areas not included in the tour. A thoroughly enjoyable visit, will be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a dismal rainy Sunday and wasn't expecting much. However, the house is fully furnished as it was when occupied and the trust volunteers gave interesting and informative account of the the rooms and their history. Good place for walk in the surrounding woodland on a fine day and plenty of opportunity for a snack in the tearooms of... More 

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Thank Alun W
Reading
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live about half an hour away and love coming her through out the year as do my family and other friends, In the spring summer the ball run is great and the woods are also a favourite of the children. I will never get board of coming back to Basildon, trees to climb, paths to walk etc.

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