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Stately Homes & Gardens in Berkshire

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BerkshireStately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR
Tel: 0118 984 3040    Fax: 0118 976 7370 

Basildon Park Photo © Pam Brophy
Basildon Park - Photo: Pam Brophy CCL


18th-century country house set in extensive parkland. This beautiful Palladian mansion was built in 1776–83 by John Carr for Francis Sykes, who had made his fortune in India.

The interior is notable for its original delicate plasterwork and elegant staircase, as well as for the unusual Octagon Room. The house fell on hard times in the early part of the last century, but was rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe, who restored it and filled it with fine pictures and furniture. The early 19th-century pleasure grounds are currently being restored, and there are waymarked trails through the parkland.

At the top of Streatley Hill two miles away is a car park giving access to The Holies, Lough Down and Lardon Chase, an outstanding area of downland and woodland with many beautiful walks and breathtaking views.

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Ashdown House

Lambourn, Newbury, RG16 7RE
Tel: 01793 762209     E-mail:

Ashdown House Photo © David McManamon
Ashdown House -
Photo: David McManamon CCL


17th-century house, perched on the Berkshire Downs. This extraordinary Dutch-style house is famous for its association with Elizabeth of Bohemia (‘The Winter Queen’), Charles I’s sister, to whom the house was ‘consecrated’. The interior has an impressive great staircase rising from hall to attic, and important paintings contemporary with the house. There are spectacular views from the roof over the formal parterre, lawns and surrounding countryside, as well as beautiful walks in neighbouring Ashdown Woods. Nearby Weathercock Hill and Alfred’s Castle, an Iron Age defended settlement where in 871 King Alfred is rumoured to have defeated the Danes, offer fine walking.

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Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0JA
Tel: 01628 605069    Fax: 01628 669461

Cliveden Photo © DS Pugh
Cliveden - Photo: DS Pugh CCL


Grade I listed garden, extensive woodlands and Italianate mansion. This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, Octagon temple, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks. The present house, the third on the site, was built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland in 1851. Once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor, it is now let as an hotel and is open only on certain days.

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Frogmore House: A Royal Family Home

Frogmore House - Photo © Gill Hicks
Frogmore House  Photo: Gill Hicks CCL


While more than a million visitors each year file through imposing Windsor Castle, a retiring monument to royal family life goes virtually unnoticed less than a mile southeast.

Located in the aptly named Home Park in Berkshire, the entire Frogmore estate might simply be the hereditary home of an important upper class English family, and, in a sense, that's exactly what it is. More...

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