Once a grand Tudor palace, Basing House is now largely in ruins, although it's still a fascinating Grade II-Listed building and regularly open to visitors. It's a short drive from a good range of affordable and luxury Hampshire hotels
A History of Basing House
The house was built nearly 500 years ago and comprises two linked homes, the New House and the Old House. It was one of the most extravagant homes in Britain at its peak, although it was besieged by Royalist forces during the English Civil War and has been in ruins ever since.
What to See at Basing House
Explore Basing House's scenic landscaped grounds, observe numerous artefacts illustrating its history, or see a special re-enactment of the Battle of Basing that took place in the 9th Century and resulted in a decisive Saxon defeat and a Viking victory. See the 16th century Great Barn, have a picnic at the Jacobean garden, and head to the Basing Grange visitor centre where you can find a superb gift shop serving various souvenirs.
Explore the Picturesque Village of Old Basing
A charming medieval community that has existed for around 1,300 years, Old Basing has a high concentration of listed buildings such as the Grade I-Listed Cannon Cottage and the Church of St. Mary.
Plenty of Great Hotels near Basing House
From exclusive four star country hotels with immaculate, spacious rooms and premium bedding, to value-for-money bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, there's plenty of accommodation near Basing House to suit different budgets. Almost all hotels now provide Wi-Fi access, and many rooms are also equipped with private bathrooms and tea- and coffee-making facilities to help you feel right at home.
Other Places to Visit near Basing House
Basing House is near the outskirts of the historic town of Basingstoke, which is home to the Milestones Museum, where you can see a recreated 19th century terraced house, public house and other interesting exhibits. Nearby Odiham is known for its ruined 13th century castle, while a little further afield is the picturesque Wellington Country Park, ideal for a relaxing stroll in the summer.