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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Bluebell walk and stately home

A great day out combining a walk through the grounds and Woodlands at Basildon Park along with a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
julieE2579XR
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Egham, United Kingdom
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18th Century treasure.

The mansion has connections with the East India Company. Sir Francis Sykes commissioned John Carr... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Valerie T
,
Louth, 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 4 weeks ago 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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

It’s perfect for an afternoon out with the children, but would be hard to make a whole day of it, the grounds are lovely the house is beautiful, cafe is a bit small so gets very busy on a sunny weekend.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

This interesting house has been lovingly restored by its former owner. Lots of history and interesting art. A pianist serenaded us as we walked round and it was not overcrowded. All volunteers were very keen and knowledgeable. The grounds are unremarkable but there are lots...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely day here with the children. Guides in the house were more than helpful and easily approachable. Kids loved the easter egg hunt.

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A great place to come with dogs - there are several different routes you can walk around the parkland. The house is really interesting to look round aswell and there is a nice cafe on site

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Good catering - always have coffee and lunch. Interesting house. Limited ‘gardens’ but a numbet if walks through the estate available - but we’re generally put off by the bullocks.

Thank Kate D
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We visited on Mothering Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We wandered through the grounds and into the woods before visiting the house. The staff in the house were very helpful and informative and we found it very interesting. We were fortunate that during our...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Another lovely national Trust property. A lovely place to bring a picnic for the family. Parking is good

1  Thank amadar
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Kam T
September 5, 2016|
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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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Kam T
September 5, 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.
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July 20, 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
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