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Basildon Park (Historic House)

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Discover the life and times of a beautiful Berkshire Mansion This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Illife back in 1952 who set about restoring it and scouring the country for 18th century artworks and furnishings that would be in keeping with the history of the house. The result is what you see today – a simply glorious building, inside and out, which reflects the gracious life of an aristocrat in Georgian England. Inside you'll see amazing plaster work, gorgeous pictures and exquisite furniture (don't miss the kitchens which have been brought up to date – the 1950s – and are a fascinating picture of tough servant life). Outside, take one of the many waymarked trails through the 400 acres of parkland that surrounds the house – or simply sit and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

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Open Times: House: Open all year Daily 11:00-17:00, 24 & 25 Dec closed. Grounds, shop and tea room, open all year, daily 10:00 to 17:00. Please see NT website for House tours & Grounds opening times.

Price Details: NT Members Free. See NT website for admission prices.


0118 984 3040
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Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, ReadingRG8 9NR, United Kingdom

On A329 between Pangbourne and Streatley, 2 1/2 miles from Pangbourne Station.

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