Going on local adventures discovering your surrounding area and seeing what is in your backward makes me happy. Traveling abroad is something I am fortunate to say I do lots of but I want to change that up. I made a decision last month to do as many local adventures as possible. Being a tourist in your own country is one of the best experiences ever, you come to appreciate it more. Last week I was able to share with you our first local adventure to Blenheim Palace located in west Oxfordshire. This week we went further afield to West Berkshire to explore Basildon Park.
Basildon Park #localtourist
Basildon Park is an 18th-century country house located in west Berkshire, 2 miles south of Goring & Streatley. The Palladian style property was designed by John Carr for Sir Francis Sykes but has since gone through many owners. In 1978 the property was donated to the National Trust by Lord and Lady lliffe in hopes of it being maintained for future generations.
Prior to our visit to Basildon Park, I had no knowledge of the place and only stumbled upon it. I was researching (google) for the closest national trust areas to my home when I saw it listed. With great enthusiasm I decided we would visit the property come what may. I was sure the weather would be horrid but still wanted to make a day out of it before wine tasting at Veeno Reading.
As a National Trust member the entrance to the park is free, and parking is free for all. We arrived at the park around 10.30 in the morning and we decided to join the 11.00 tour of the house. The walk from the entrance to the house is no more than 5-10 minutes through a small ‘forest’. I say small forest because it’s not a shrub or bush.
At the entrance of the park there is a gift shop which stocks the most amazing items. Obviously we could not visit the park without checking out the gift shop and what it had to offer. We were truly amazed at how cute and decorative the place was and a small section has Christmas decor available.
I am truly glad to have visited Basildon Park, the setting was 1950s dinner and let me tell you it was incredible. To think this house has gone through the world wars and used as a Barracks for the army to a home for others. It was one upon stripped of its valuables and only left with a door frame or nothing else from when it was created. It is a definite must see if you’re ever in Berkshire or Oxfordshire.