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    Waddesdon Manor

    by freezer61 Written Apr 27, 2013

    Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898). Since this was the preferred style of the Rothschilds it became also known as the Goût Rothschild. The house, set in formal gardens and an English landscape park, was built on a barren hilltop overlooking Waddesdon village.
    The last member of the Rothschild family to own Waddesdon was James de Rothschild. He bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust in 1957. Today, following an extensive restoration, it is administered by a Rothschild charitable trust that is overseen by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. In 2007–08 it was the National Trust's second most visited paid-entry property, with 386,544 visitors.

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    Waddesdon Manor

    by smirnofforiginal Written May 7, 2007

    Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874-1889. He commissioned a French archetect, Gabriel Hipolyte Destailleur, and told him to build a Rennaisance-style chateau, as found in the Loire.

    The exterior and the interior of the manor house is beautiful, as is the impressive collection of furniture.
    Outside the gardens are also beautiful but the highlight has to be the aviary, completed in 1889 it is made of casr iron and imitates those that can be found in places such as Versailles. The birds kept here successfully breed and these include The White-Bellied Go-Away bird & The Sumatran White Crested Laughing Thrush - thought to be the first breedings in the UK.

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    The Aviary

    by clairegeordio Written May 29, 2006

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    The Aviary was completed in 1889 and is made of cast iron, in the style of those that can be found at Versailles or Chantilly in the early eighteenth Century.
    There are some lovely exotic birds to see including the Pekin Robin, Silver-Eared Mesia, Grosbeak Starling, the White Bellied Go-Away bird and Sumatran White Crested Laughing Thrush. There are also species from Africa, China and Indonesia.

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    Visit the house

    by clairegeordio Written May 29, 2006

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    There are 45 rooms on view at Waddesdon Manor showing exceptional collections of French 18th Century arts, royal furniture and porcelain. There are also many English portraits on view and a family room where you can read all about the generations of Rothchilds.
    Visiting the house is on a timed visit - tickets for which you can purchase upon arrival at the house.
    No photography is allowed in the house.

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    Lifting the bar

    by iandsmith Written Jan 20, 2006

    I've chosen a couple of pictures here, the first two some of my favourites out of the 3,000 I took on holidays. They signify in some way just how stunning this building is. Its proportions are so eye-pleasing it can only be labelled a masterpiece.
    Should I return to England, this will be number one on my list of things to see.

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    The roundabout

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 30, 2005

    This is the corner you turn to enter Waddesdon Manor, in the centre of which is a memorial to the fallen, many of whom have the same surname.
    The building at the rear is Collectors Corner, an aptly-named shop for those seeking collectibles of course.

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    Then there's the garden

    by iandsmith Written Dec 30, 2005

    Then there's the garden indeed. I'd seen quite a few by this time, giving my National Trust pass a real caning but this was definitely up with the best of them. Though comparisons can be odious, and I fully acknowledge the splendour of places such as Lanhydrock (my Cornwall pages), Chatsworth House and Stourhead (Stourton), this lost little by comparison.
    Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, renowned for its colourful parterre, specimen trees, shady walks and views, fountains and statuary. At its heart is the Aviary, stocked with exotic birds and known for breeding endangered species.
    The Rothschild name is also synonymous with some of the most coveted wines in the world. The Waddesdon Wine Cellars have been created to house a private collection of these wines – over 15,000 bottles some dating back to 1868 – and to tell something of the story of the Rothschild role in the history of winemaking.
    There is also a gift shop, where I seem to recall filling a couple of bags with Christmas presents, a wine shop with a full selection of Rothschild wines and two licensed restaurants. A full programme of events is organised throughout the year including special interest days, wine tastings and family events.
    Conveniently situated close to London, Oxford and Milton Keynes, Waddesdon offers a fascinating and memorable day out for all the family.

    Eloquentlly placed statuary is a feature Mature trees with glimpses of marble A close up of the feature garden (under repair)
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    From any angle

    by iandsmith Written Dec 30, 2005

    I've seen a lot of palatial buildings, though far from any great list. I've admired their interiors and considered their size; but I've never been as impressed by the beauty of architecture as I have been here.
    The proportions are so right, the setting so elegant, the gardens so rich in detail. I kept gaping and waxing lyrical. It must have nearly driven Rosemarie mad, but I couldn't help myself. I was overcome with emotion about this most glorious of edifices.
    Waddesdon Manor was built (1874-89), in the style of a 16th century French château, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures. It houses one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts in the world. The furniture, Savonnerie carpets, and Sèvres porcelain ranks in importance with the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Louvre in Paris. There is also a fine collection of portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and works by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th century.

    From adjacent to the carpark Around the back Rosemarie pondering
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    More blending

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 30, 2005

    Because you have to pass through the village of Waddesdon to actually get to the manor, you naturally go past the Five Arrows Hotel. The overlapping architectural style one encounters at the Manor is here also, abeit in a much more modest manner.
    The Five Arrows Hotel was built in 1887 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to house the architects and craftsmen who were working at Waddesdon Manor.
    The hotel has a charming baroque exterior with turrets, gables and balconies, and inside there are two suites and nine comfortable bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant which has a growing reputation locally and throughout the county for excellent food.

    How many pubs look this good?
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    Visit the Gardens - the Parterre

    by clairegeordio Written May 29, 2006

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    For me, this was the most impressive part of the gardens, situated at the back of the house. There is a beautiful fountain and some impressive flowered gardens, all layered.

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    The atmosphere

    by iandsmith Written Dec 30, 2005

    There is an aura about this village of a well kempt moneyed hamlet. Everything looks cared for, everything has an air of class about it. Even the trees looked good.

    Even the trees look special
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