Lower Basildon, Berkshire
18th-century country house set in extensive parkland
This beautiful Palladian mansion was built in 1776–83 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 fell on hard times in the early part of the last century, but 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. From the top of Streatley Hill two miles away access can be gained to The Holies, Lough Down and Lardon Chase, an outstanding area of downland and woodland with many beautiful walks and breathtaking views. .
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