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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Mansion and gardens

Georgian mansion and grounds that were restored to its current appearance in the 1950's. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
rayrest
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Very Enjoyable

We came without knowing what to expect and we were very impressed with what was on offer.In... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
glyn l
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Fareham, 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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
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+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Georgian mansion and grounds that were restored to its current appearance in the 1950's. Beautiful period fixture and fittings and the decoration is very fine, plenty of art to enjoy as well. Cafe and shop onsite. Run by the National Trust.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came without knowing what to expect and we were very impressed with what was on offer.In addition to the lovely ceilings and decor we were very pleasantly surprised by the Sutherland drawings for the tapestry in Coventry Cathedral.We also loved the "shell room" and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful visit, full of friendly volunteers who offer knowledge and advice about getting the most from our visit. Wonderful garden and fantastic inside the house! Amazing!

Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

House is lovely and the staff are so pleasant and informative. Cafe is a good National Trust standard one. Shop is small but well stocked. Will be back when it is cooler to explore the grounds.

Thank ladyita
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good example of Palladian architecture that dates from the C18th. During The Second World War it was requisitioned by the military & left in a poor state. It was bought by Lord & Lady Iliffe & lovingly restored. There is a lot of parkland...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are members of NT we use it for good walks A good cafe Interesting building good scenery Shame noise from near railway would be very perfect for quite reflecting walks

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basildon Park is a National Trust property in Berkshire, just outside Pangbourne. It was reacquired, in a severely damaged state, after having been requisitioned as a military base during WW2. Well worth a visit. The house is magnificent, and volunteers in all rooms pleasant and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting Palladian style house with some unusual features, particularly the shell room. Helpful volunteers made it a most enjoyable visit.

Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Basildon this morning for a walk in the grounds. Completed the 3 mile boundary walk in the sun which was wonderful. The walk is well signposted and easy to follow, the grounds are also rich in different types of woodland. Finished with a...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2018

We live nearby so go more often. House is big and interesting. The children enjoying the grounds, especially the maze. My wife enjoys the food, but very some portion for the price. I like the grounds and the staff are very friendly, apart from the...More

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Kam T
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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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