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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Awful cafe & only downstairs rooms open .. due to lack of staff.. nothing of any great interest

We have visited may NT properties over the years and had a delightful days out, but this was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
More to see than some other NT properties

We went here over Christmas on a freezing day, where the Xmas decs were up and it was a lovely way... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“downton abbey” (115 reviews)
“national trust” (135 reviews)
“lovely house” (47 reviews)
Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited may NT properties over the years and had a delightful days out, but this was a total waste of time . Firstly we had to queue to get into the car park for about 20 minutes, very small car park space, so...More

Thank yazmin57
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here over Christmas on a freezing day, where the Xmas decs were up and it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The room gives you an idea of how real people live in such a lovely property. Nice walk...More

Thank SurreyFamilyof5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having booked a Christmas Break at Elcot near Newbury, we thought to have time at Basildon Park N.T. We were not disappointed. These house are only open at Christmas if they get volunteers and it would appear they had a full quota here. Every room...More

Thank John I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Today we made a 100 mile round trip to visit Joyeux Noel at Basildon House - their webpage stated this event runs until 6th January. What a lovely venue to gather with the family we thought. This was our sole reason to visit. We were...More

Thank bedpanlil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved visiting this national trust site. Especially loved the outdoor games on the walk to the house, good if you like a challenge. We were fortunate to attend when they had some special things going on like food tasting. Staff were really friendly and humorous....More

Thank Kande11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived here to grab a bite to eat. The grounds on the approach are nice, parking is adequate but very flooded. The walk up to the house takes around 5-10 minutes and is quite pleasant. Unfortunately we didn’t have chance to walk around much...More

1  Thank Brad P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived to organised parking with two ladies advising where to park. Great house beautifully restored. Lovely friendly welcome from the volunteers in the front reception and in all the rooms. Amazing shell room and all the rooms are beautifully decorated for Christmas. I loved the...More

Thank JC-the-organiser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A favourite place to visit and to take guests, whether for a bit of culture or for afternoon tea. Always enjoyable.

Thank BrabbenTE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of our favourite NT properties and is ideal for walking the dogs over the extensive grounds and visiting the rather ornately decorated tea room. The bluebells in spring have to be seen to be believed...bring your camera! The house is impressive and...More

Thank Roy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful Nat Trust property. Walks are a delight & you can choose your distance depending on the size feet you have for company. Lots of picnic areas if you wanted to self cater, but do try out the cafe if the colder months don’t allow....More

Thank Trustytraveller2000
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Kam T
6 September 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.
21 July 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