Image: The house at Basildon Park, Berkshire © National Trust Image/John Millar
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* Holiday Inn Maidenhead - Windsor

Savour a delicious full English breakfast or evening meal in the Junction Restaurant, and meet friends over a snack, a Starbucks coffee or a chilled glass of wine in the lounge bar. Swim laps in the pool, work out in the gym or simply relax in the sauna and steam room. Thoughtful touches like a pillow menu, mini-fridge and coffeemaker in the rooms and suites help ensure a comfortable visit.

• Iron & ironing board • Safe • Hair dryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • Flat-screen TV • Telephone • Restaurant • Health club with pool • Bar and Lounge • Lift • Free Wi-Fi •

Price Includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course buffet menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Free use of leisure facilities

  • National Trust property: Entrance to Basildon Park with morning coffee & pastries and a tour of the house

  • National Trust property: Entrance to Grey's Court with lunch and a talk

  • National Trust: Visit to Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Image: The house at Basildon Park, Berkshire © National Trust Image/John Millar

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Basildon Park & Grey's Court
This morning we arrive at Basildon Park, an estate saved from almost certain demolition and lovingly revived. We include a tour of the house followed by tea/coffee and pastries. We make our way to Grey's Court, a family home, delightful gardens and an idyllic setting. Included for you is lunch followed by a talk about Grey's Court.

Day 3

Runnymede and Ankerwycke & Windsor
In the morning we take a visit to Runnymede and Ankerwycke. They are an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. Why not relax in the tea-room and watch the world go by. We then head to Windsor for maybe a little bit of shopping, or a visit to the Castle (entrance not included).

Day 4

After breakfast, we depart and make our way home.

Other Information

Basildon Park

Sitting elegantly in 162 hectares (400 acres) of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, when it was de-requisitioned after the Second World War. With extraordinary vision, the Iliffes brought Basildon Park back to life, acquiring a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters.

The wooded parkland offers glorious seasonal colour, with spring bluebells, summer buttercups and autumn leaves, while the landscape has been carefully restored to offer wonderful views, peaceful trails and picnic places, with areas for children to run and play.

Grey's Court

An intimate family home and peaceful estate set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns.

This picturesque 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens were home to the Brunner family until recent years. The house exudes a welcoming atmosphere with a well-stocked kitchen and homely living rooms.  The series of walled gardens is a colourful patchwork of interest set amid medieval ruins.

Other buildings from earlier eras include the Great Tower from the 14th century and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century.

Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta

Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this picturesque open landscape beside the Thames was witness to King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta 801 years ago on 15 June 1215.

Today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you'll find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces, and a unique installation by artist Hew Locke.

This peaceful river scenery is home to rolling hills, open meadows and a variety of wildlife.

On the other side of the Thames you'll find Ankerwycke, a hidden gem with secrets to discover among the woods and fields. Look out for the ruins of a Benedictine priory and the National Trust's oldest tree, a 2,500-year-old Yew where Henry VIII was rumoured to have courted Anne Boleyn.

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