The National Trust is a conservation organisation which works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces in the UK. The trust owns 350 heritage properties including historic houses, gardens and monuments which can be visited for a fee, as well as many sites of natural beauty which are open to the public free of charge.
A few years ago I decided that I would buy an annual membership, and have maintained that every year since. Visiting National Trust properties is a great way to spend a few hours if you are a fan of history, architecture, scenery and more importantly, CAKE. I rate my favourite properties by which ones have the best tea-rooms and serve the best cakes! Well, this is not technically true, but am I selling it to you?
There are plenty of properties that I have had the pleasure of visiting and photographing over the time I have held an annual pass. I will focus on these properties in a photography blog style, rather than my usual wordy posts. Hopefully the photos will speak for themselves.
Basildon Park is an 18th century house set within 400 acres of parkland and woodland. Located in the Berkshire countryside, the house is open to visitors year round and there are plenty of seasonal special events to tempt people to return throughout the year. There are fabulous woodland walks and the parkland offers fabulous views over the house itself.
My favourite time to visit this property is during the winter. A cold, sunny winters day with the sun hanging low in the sky creates an amazing set piece to show this property at its best.
Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR