National Trust Basildon Park

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18th-century Palladian mansion built in 1776-83 by John Carr for Francis Sykes. Basildon Park is a country house situated in the English county of Berkshire, between the villages of Upper Basildon and Basildon and near the town of Reading (Grid reference SU611782). It is owned by the National Trust.The Palladian mansion was built between 1776 and 1783 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 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.It was used as a location (Netherfield Park) for the acclaimed 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. It was also used as a filming location for the movie Marie-Antoinette.[wikipedia / image out of copyright]

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