Discover the treasures of Basildon Park

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Despite its years of neglect, when Lady Iliffe saw Basildon Park in the 1950s she fell in love with it. She and her husband lovingly restored every inch of the house, replacing door handles, plasterwork, fire places and every pane of glass. When you see the beautiful interiors today, it is hard to imagine the house was ever unloved.

There are many treasures to be found here. Watch out for these highligts as you look around the house...

  • In the Sutherland Room, Graham Sutherland's studies for the Coventry Cathedral tapestry 'Christ in Glory' reveal the Iliffes' passion and patronage of modern art
  • Portrait of Lady Iliffe by Frank O. Salisbury, displayed in the Staircase Hall
  • 18th-century mahogany urns in the Dining Room, originally from Ham House near Richmond
  • Paintings of God the Father and his apostles by Pompeo Batoni in the Octagon Room, as well as 18th-century silk damask curtains from Blenheim Palace
  • A rare example of surviving 18th-century plasterwork in the Green Drawing Room
  • 1950s Coles wallpaper in the Crimson Bedroom
  • 19th-century Chinese medicine dolls in the Bamboo Bedroom
  • A rare Belleek shell-pattern tea service from Ireland in the Green Chintz Bedroom
  • Restoration work in progress on items from our collections in our Conservation Room
  • Our fabulous 1950s kitchen where you can experience the smells, sights and sounds of the era