Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
The Grade 1 listed country house in the Aylesbury Vale, is something of an architect’s dream.
The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French chateau between 1874 - 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, to be used for grand entertaining and for his collection.
The last member of the Rothschild family to own the Manor, James de Rothschild, bequeathed it to the National Trust and all of the contents.
It is now one of @nationaltrust most visited properties and in 2017 won large visitor attraction of the year!
On arriving at the car park, you can take a mile walk through the countryside to the house or a short shuttle bus trip. Keeping the house in its own area away from traffic does give it that extra magical feel and it’s an incredible reveal, passing around the North Fountain, to first glance at the house.
Inside the house is Baron Ferdinand’s extensive collection of 18th century portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds, tapestries, Savonnerie Carpets, furniture, books and renaissance treasures.
It is something really seen to be believed.
Not only that, it’s a great day out with a wonderful adventure playground that winds its way down to the stables, where you can enjoy a cuppa and some cake as @josanger87 and I did!
Events are regular at @waddesdonmanor_nt and where we witnessed many children enjoying the Halloween trail, the Christmas fair is the next big event from 10th November - 16th December.
There will be lots of stalls to explore and a lovely Christmas feel, making it a great place to get you into the festive spirit!
Although we’ve been, we are planning our return in time to come, whether through events or to have a look again, it really is a fantastic place to visit!
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