See also Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild
Waddeson Manor is not only a stunning historic home but the interior is filled with art treasures that are part of the Rothschild family’s collections.
The house and grounds were the brainchild of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, who purchased the site in 1874 from the duke of Marlborough. The house was built in the Renaissance style to resemble a French chateau, the architect Destailleur being French. The grounds were designed by a French landscape gardener, Laine.
The art collection, focussed on French 18th century pieces, includes Savonnerie carpets, Sèvres porcelain, French royal furniture, 17th and 18th century books, gold boxes (stolen in 2003), textiles, paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds and 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters, and miscellaneous other items. In addition to the French collection there are German Meissen animals, an 18th century Augsburg table and an18th century silver service made for George III, a collection of ancient coins, and a set of 18th century drawings.
In the extensive grounds are 600 David Austen roses, trees, a parterre, a water garden, sculptures, walks, and an historic aviary in the style of German rococo pavilions.
near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
Tel. 01296 653226 for information and booking.
Open: house by timed ticket, third week March-end Oct, Wed-Sun, check the website for full details; garden 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, BH Mon, from third week March-Dec 23; weekends at other times of the year.
Website: Waddesdon Manor
Owned by the National Trust
Manor House restaurant: Tel. 01296 653242; Stables restaurant: Tel. 01296 653226; coffee bar; gift shop and wine store open from 10am-5pm.
Insider Tip: This is a very busy place, but don't miss it. Since it’s worth a full day, plan to go early to get a parking spot, a timed tour ticket, and a restaurant reservation.
Note: Rules do not allow interior or collection photos, however some can be found on the official website.
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