The beautiful Rose Garden was created by Lady Iliffe and has recently been restored.
Other features include the formal Italianate Terrace and the thatched Umbrello Seat based on a design by J.B. Papworth.
Explore the wooded parkland with a wonderful display of bluebells in the Spring.
National Trust members visit for free.
Basildon Park is a Palladian House designed by John Carr for Sir Francis Sykes who had made his money in the East India Company. In 1778, Sir Francis asked ‘Capability’ Brown to visit Basildon to help with the design of the Walled Garden. Brown charged Sir Francis £52 and 10 shillings ‘for my journey there & for Plans of the Kitchen Garden & Stoves Etc’. It is thought that the ‘Etc’ could refer to advice given by Brown on the layout of the Park and surrounding woodland.
In 1838, Basildon was bought by the Morrison family – they laid out the formal gardens near the house.
By 1910, the property was deserted and was used during the First World War as a convalescent home for the soldiers. Basildon was requisitioned during the Second World War and used for training and later as a prisoner of war camp for Germans and Italians.
In 1952, the property was rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe who restored the house and garden. The Illiffes gave the property to the National Trust in 1979.
Little remains of the original garden while sadly ‘Capability’ Brown’s Kitchen Garden is grassed over and not open to the public.