The splendid Palladian villa of mellow Bath stone, overlooking a lush part of the Thames Valley, was built by John Carr in 1776. It was saved from demolition in 1952 by Lord and Lady Iliffe, who restored it and recently donated it to the National Trust. The west front is dominated by an immense portico, supported by four Ionic columns. This beautifully restored house is rich in exquisite plasterwork on the walls and ceilings.
Address :Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR Basildon
villa: early Mar-end Oct: daily except Mon, Tue and Bank Hols noon-5pm; park and gardens: 10am-5pm