Basildon Park, in Berkshire, was the inspiration behind Ashenden. I visited it in May, 2008 and didn’t return until this year after my novel was published. The photograph below, which shows the rear of the house, features on the Ashenden Tumblr blog
For Austen fans, the house had a starring role as Netherfield Hall in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
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