Thames Valley mansion that time forgot
A classical 18th century house set in 400 acres of Thames Valley parkland, Basildon Park between Streatley and Pangbourne is among the finest possessions of the National Trust. Yet after the last World War, it was derelict and threatened with demolition. It had been unoccupied for over 40 years, except for soldiers and German prisoners during two world wars.
In the 1950s, the elegant Palladian house was rescued and painstakingly restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe who, twenty-five years later, presented it to the National Trust with its important picture and furniture collections, parkland and an endowment. The interior of the house is notable for its original delicate plasterwork and elegant staircase as well as for the unusual Octagon Room.
The house is closed until 9 March 2013. Ground, shop and tea rooms are open for limited hours. For further information see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park/ or phone 0118 984 3040.
National Trust Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk