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    One of the bathrooms, with wicker...
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    The Octagon Drawing Room
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    by SallyM Updated May 6, 2013

    Basildon Park is an eighteenth century grand house in the Palladian style, situated near Pangbourne. (It is nowhere near the more famous Basildon, which is in Essex).

    It was built between 1776 and 1783 for Sir Francis Sykes, who had made his fortune working for the East India Company in Bengal. Sadly, the family fortunes declined after Sykes faced corruption charges, and some of the principal rooms were not finished. In the early twentieth century the house was in poor condition and in 1929 it was offered for sale to be demolished and rebuilt in the United States. It did not find a buyer, and in the early 1950s Lord and Lady Iliffe bought the remains of the house and set about restoring it. In 1978 they donated the restored property to the National Trust with a large endowment to secure its future. This unusual history means that the interior has an odd mix of eighteenth century and some 1950s features. One of the surviving orginal eighteenth-century featurs is the ceiling in the Green Drawing Room, with the detail picked out in the original pink and green paint. Upstairs, the 1950s bathrooms are fascinating.

    Lord Iliffe was also an art collector. He purchased Graham Sutherland's studies for the tapestry in the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral and presented them to the Herbert Art Gallery in that city (of which he was a native). Some of the collection is loaned to the National Trust for display in the Sutherland Room at Basildon.

    Nowadays, the house also pays its way as a filming location and there is an exhibition about this in the South Pavilion.

    As well as the house there are extensive grounds, and the usual shop and tea room. The tea room serves light lunches (soup, baked potato etc.) but is probably better for afternoon tea and cake - the homemade cakes looked delicious.

    The Octagon Drawing Room The 1950s Kitchen One of the bathrooms, with wicker lavatory cover
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    • Castles and Palaces
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    by leics Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A pleasant pub, with real fire and real ales, newspapers and courteous staff. A garden area outside, next to the river Pang (you can watch the chubb sunbathing......).

    Good food.

    They've just changed the inside to cope with the new no-smoking law, which has made it somewhat less atmospheric. But there's a convenient tent in the garden, should you feel the need for a nicotine hit................

    Cross Keys
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    by leics Written Feb 20, 2007

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    .................is in the garden of Church Cottage (next to the church, strangely). Kenneth Grahame, author of 'The Wind in the Wiloows' spent his last years in this cottage, using the lock-up as a tool-shed.

    There are around 200 lock-ups still remaining in England. They were useful places to put people when they were drunk, or being a nuisance, or had committed a crime prior to them being taken before the magistrate for formal charging.

    The lock-up
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Pangbourne Hotels

  • Weir View House Hotel

    9 Shooters Hill, Pangbourne, RG8 7DZ, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Elephant at Pangbourne

    3 Church Rd, Pangbourne, RG8 7AR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western The George Hotel

    The Square, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire RG8

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • The George Hotel Pangbourne

    The Square, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Copper Inn

    Church Road, Pangbourne on Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 7AR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Herons Farm B&B

    Herons Farm, Pangbourne, RG8 8QA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Pangbourne Restaurants

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    by leics Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the high street, side by side. Very popular with walkers/visitors (they always seem to have customers when I wander past) so presumably they offer satisfactory sustenance in pleasant surroundings.

    Favorite Dish: Never been inside......no need when own food and drink available more cheaply very near by!

    The Ditty and the Jolly Good Food Co.
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    • Singles
    • Seniors

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