Monday, 18 July 2016

A Trip to Basildon Park

Basildon Park National Trust Property

 Another good old National Trust trip!

Once I'd have filled my summer with trips to Legoland or Thorpe Park... these days you're more likely to find me in the gardens of a stately home or country mansion. (Or er, a Croatian beach).

This month we paid a visit to Basildon Park in Berkshire, an 18th century house set in the beautiful English countryside.

Gardens at Basildon Park


Arriving just before midday, we began by exploring the wonderful gardens - beautifully looked after by the busy army of volunteers working away.

Flower Gardens at Basildon Park National Trust

This place could definitely be #gardengoals... if I actually had my own garden anyway. Future garden inspiration though?!

Purple Flowers in the gardens at Basildon Park
Blue flowers at Basildon Park There really is something special about strolling slowly through the flower beds, pausing to take in the colourful displays - and the fabulous views out over green fields in the distance.
Countryside views from Basildon Park
Berkshire countryside from the gardens at Basildon Park

Flowers over brick archway at Basildon Park
White flowers over garden arch You know, I think I could be quite happy living at Basildon Park. It's obviously a big house by actual real-life standards, but as mansions go it's feels pretty manageable. (Ok. I'll return to planet Earth now...)

The house at Basildon Park
House and Gardens at Basildon Park Having just about gotten over my daydream of owning the place, we headed inside.

I didn't take all that many photos of the inside because 

a) I was too busy just marvelling at it all
b) How does anyone take photos of rooms and do them justice? I can never fit everything in!
c) Although photography is allowed, there's just nothing very discreet about a DSLR clicking and I didn't want to disturb everyone else.

 I did get this one of the magnificient dining room - for future reference obviously. (And there I go, back into daydream land again). But actually, this room is a Downton film set I'll have you know! I was delighted to find that Basildon Park is actually one of the filming locations for my most favourite ever ever TV show, Downton Abbey. 

Basildon Park Dining Room used in Downton Abbey


You see, Basildon Park serves as the interior of Grantham House, the Crawley family's London home. So that just made me love the place even more.

Once we'd completed the house tour we made our way out - somehow resisting the scents of cream tea wafting up the staircase - and wandered back out into the bits of the garden we had yet to see.

Country gardens


The grounds seemed to be huge - and dogs on leads are welcome so maybe we'll return with Saffy - but we explored the bits round by the house, stumbling across a herd of cows and their calves.

Cows and calves in the field at Basildon Park


It was a beautiful day and Basildon Park is another place I'd highly recommend you pay a visit if you happen to be in the area :)

Basildon Park Berkshire on Ginevrella Lifestyle Blog


Have you visited Basildon Park? Or are you a Downton Abbey fan?

Jennifer
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  1. I love seeing people's photos from National Trust sites. This place looks awesome, love the photos of the garden especially!

    Jane / deluminators

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    1. Me too - there are so many photo opportunities so I love seeing what everyone else captures!

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  3. Beautiful pictures, looks like a lovely day out. i love looking round National Trust sites so I'll have to check this one out :)

    Lady Law Student

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    1. It really was :) Do head over there if you get a chance!

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  4. Absolutely love your photography! So stunning!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  5. That sounds like a wee bit of paradise! The Downton connection won me over 100% - self-confessed Downton addict here! :) xx

    Anna @ wishiwasmary.wordpress.com

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  6. Ooh I do love a good National Trust trip hah! It looks amazing there, and I have complete jealousy over those amazing gardens! I'm pretty sure pride and prejudice was filmed there!
    xo April | April Everyday

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