basildon park springtime visitYou know those spaces that seem to become more and more impressive the longer you look at them? Well, Basildon Park is definitely one of them.  The 18th-century Georgian mansion is surrounded by 400 acres of historic parkland, as well as thousands of visitors each year eager to get a glimpse of the elegant interior.  After a warm welcome at the entrance stable courtyard, all that remained was to walk through a woody path at a fairly steep incline until the building's West facade was visible...
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national trust basildon park cafeI seriously couldn't have visited on a better day; one filled with sunshine and double-digit weather.  Hey, I'm grateful for small mercies when it comes to Britain's weather!  Although the building of Basildon Park begun in 1772, my exploration of its interior would have to wait a little longer, as first a certain chocolate brownie called my name from the National Trust property's café.  The photo above shows just one of the café's illustrated walls; tranquil and tropical scenes each combining nature and wildlife.  There's a special place in my heart for colourful murals and never more so than those suggesting a warm climate.  Mmm.  
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basildon park architecture photographyBasildon Park is now a 're-creation and restoration' of the 18th-century mansion, having been rescued in the mid 1950s by Lord and Lady Iliffe.  Architectural fixtures and fittings were tracked down, along with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture.  The result is spectacular, with each room exuding an elegance that resonates with its bygone era, in a way that feels as though the original occupants have only just left.  In particular - like most historic houses - the high ornate ceilings had me swooning, with each room encouraging my camera to turn upwards.  Check out the entrance hall's lavish ceiling below!
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basildon park dining roomHelpful volunteer guides await visitors, eager to provide a background on each of the downstairs rooms - it's incredible how much information I came away with!  A huge bonus for me was undoubtedly finding out photography was permitted throughout Basildon Park.  Needless to say, some areas/portraits were off-bounds, however the majority was ready and waiting to be captured.   
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uk fashion blogger leather gloves furAfter spending a little while exploring the Bath-stone building's interior, daffodils marked the path to a beautiful walled garden space with scattered benches.  I feel like a broken record on A Glass Of Ice by continuously mentioning my adoration for sunshine, but an idyllic moment at Basildon Park seriously encouraged that habit.  As the sun beamed down on my suede jacket and forced me to remove my scarf, I looked up and saw the historic house in an even brighter light. Literally.  Basildon Park seen as the sun is setting is very, very special!
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nature flower photography bloggerGloves on, gloves off!  The warmer weather makes visiting places such as Basildon Park all the more special.  It's impossible not to catch yourself occasionally imagining those from a previous era wandering through the house and grounds.  Were they impressed?  Did they appreciate just what they'd created?  Had they contemplated visitors admiring the location centuries later?
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basildon park visit reviewI wish I could hurl samples of the café's brownies in your direction, or perhaps a gorgeous gilded picture frame or two, but I'm afraid this virtual tour will have to do!  Though, fingers crossed I've persuaded you to check out this historic venue - and follow in the footsteps of many of those gone before!

Basildon Park
Lower Basildon
Reading
West Berkshire
RG8 9NR

With love,

Gabrielle x