Basildon Park is a National Trust property near Pangbourne in Berkshire and we’d arranged to meet The Best Friends there. It was the first time we’d seen each other in person since the visit to the reindeer.
Sitting elegantly in 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, when it was de-requisitioned after the Second World War. With extraordinary vision, the Iliffes brought Basildon Park back to life, acquiring a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters. As the house is currently closed, I can’t comment on either the fine furnishings or the Old Masters. (Are there ever New Masters? 🙂 )
The wooded parkland offers glorious seasonal colour, with spring bluebells, summer buttercups and autumn leaves, while the landscape has been carefully restored to offer wonderful views, peaceful trails and picnic places.
Dogs are welcome on leads (but Tilly doesn’t seem too happy about it). Homemade biscuits optional.