Berkshire news The National Trust properties near Berkshire hoping to open on May 17 PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The impressive homes haven't been open this year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! While it’s been great to walk around the National Trust gardens there’s nothing quite like getting to enjoy the magnificence of the properties. From May 17 indoor attractions are reopening so grand stately homes in and around Berkshire should hopefully be reopening from then. The homes are rich in history with links to royals, celebrities, and prime ministers and there are a few scandals to discover across the impressive properties too. Currently, you have to book a slot to visit the gardens and it's likely that the same rule will apply when the houses reopen. The National Trust releases ticket bookings on a Friday for the following week so make sure you get yours before you go. See below for the National Trust properties in and around Berkshire. Cliveden House Clivden House (Image: National Trust) Cliveden House has a rich history, built in 1666, it was a gift for the 2nd Duke of Buckingham’s mistress. However, its sordid past did not end there and it was actually the spot where John Profumo met Christine Keeler and started the affair that would lead to political turmoil. The former owner of the property, Nancy Astor, the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament, used to host Winston Churchill at the home, as well as other celebrities during her time in the home. The house should definitely be high up your list to visit as it has some beautiful antique furniture and ornate period features. Currently, you can book a slot here to visit the formal gardens and wider estate - the toilets and cafe are both open. Car park address: Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL1 8NS Basildon Park National Trust house Basildon Park The house you see today was built in the late 1700s when Francis Sykes knocked down the old property and built the Bath stone mansion that still stands today. The Sykes family owned Basildon Park until 1838 when it was bought by Liberal MP James Morrison - it was then passed down through the family until 1928. The property was used throughout both of the world wars to house prisoners and in WWII it was used as a prisoner of war camp. It was bought in 1952 by Lord and Lady Iliffe who restored the house before gifting it to the National Trust.
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. Car park address: Basildon House, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR Greys Court
Greys Court has a vast history spanning 900 years and it was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. The house has a number of famous owners including Catherine Carey, who was married to Francis Knollys - both were important members of Elizabethan society. Catherine’s mother, Mary Boleyn, had an affair with King Henry VIII before he married her sister Anne, therefore historians think it is likely that Catherine was the daughter of Henry VIII. Currently, you can book a slot here to visit the estate, gardens, shop and tea-room. Car park address: Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG
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Visitors in the Tapestry Room at The Vyne, Hampshire.
The Vyne started life as a cluster of medieval buildings before becoming a Tudor palace between 1500 and 1520 - it was formed by William Sandys, who became Lord Chamberlain to King Henry VIII in 1526. It has also been used as a girls boarding school and boys from Tormore School in Deal, Kent, were evacuated there during the Second World War. If you go to The Vyne soon you can lose yourself in the bluebells that cover the woodland floor. Currently, you can book a slot here to visit the gardens, café and shop. Car park address: The Vyne, Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9HL
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