Attraction in Reading
Basildon Park features as Netherfield in the most recent Pride and Predudice film adaptation. Basildon Park, situated between Streatley and Pangbourne in the Thames Valley in Berkshire, was due for demolition before Lord and Lady Iliffe saved it in 1952. Between 1910 and 1952 the house was largely unoccupied. It was requisitioned in both wars and the parkland used as a training ground for the D-Day landings.
The house was restored and filled with fine pictures and furniture and in 1978 presented to the National Trust who continue with its restoration and conservation.
The house is a particularly fine Palladian mansion built in Bath Stone by the architect John Carr of York, for Sir Francis Sykes. Surrounding the house are gardens and pleasure grounds leading to 400 acres of park and woodland with a series of waymarked walks. Studies by Graham Sutherland for his tapestry 'Christ in Glory' at Coventry Carthedral are on display in the Sutherland Room.
Basildon Park hosts a series of events including children's open air theatre, weddings, themed days and afternoon tea.
The Garden Room and South Pavilion are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Some rooms may be booked for wedding receptions, corporate events and other functions.
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Tourist Info Number: 0871 716 1926
Months Open: Apr - Oct
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Contact Name for Groups: Administrative Assistant
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Licensed restaurant
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