MAPLEDURHAM, Reading, RG4 7TR
The small community at Mapledurham includes the house, a watermill and a church. The fine Elizabethan mansion, surrounded by quiet parkland that runs down to the River Thames, was built by the Blount family in the 16th century. The estate has literary connections with the poet Alexander Pope, with Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga and Kenneth Graham's Wind in the Willows, and was a location for the 1976 film, The Eagle has Landed. Open-air theatre is a summer feature.
Tel: 0118 972 3350
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House, Watermill and Turbine package £9.50 (ch under 16 free, seniors £8)
Open Etr-Sep, Sat, Sun & BHs 2-5.30 (also Sun in Oct). Picnic area 2-5.30 (last admission 5). Group visits midweek by arrangement
Average visit 2hrs
Dogs not allowed in house, mill or tearoom
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
Ramp into house, portaloo
Off A4074, follow brown tourist signs from Reading