Basildon Park - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR
Basildon Park - FURTHER INFORMATION
Basildon Park - Reading visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Basildon Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
Basildon Park is a Grade I listed country estate home found between the villages of Upper Basildon and Lower Basildon, just northwest of Reading in Berkshire. This Palladian style country house was designed by John Carr and built for Sir Francis Sykes between 1776 and 1783. It was never completed and by 1910 stood empty, gradually falling into disrepair.
The house was brought in 1952 by Mrs Langton Iliffe who gradually restored and refurnished the building, searching the country for genuine 18th century artefacts and materials to use in the restoration. The functional areas, like the kitchen, retain their 1950's décor. In 1978 the house and ground were donated to the National Trust and is open to the public as a local tourist attraction in Berkshire.
As well as the house, visitors can relax in the adjacent 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens. The grounds contain many walking trails and good picnic spots.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Train: Pangbourne Station - 2 miles south of Basildon Park, Goring & Streatley Station - 3 miles north of Basildon Park.
Road: Basildon Park is off the A329 road, about 7.5 miles northwest of central Reading. It is 6.5 miles from junction 12 of the M4 on the A340 then A329.