Visitors to Waddesdon Manor follow in the footsteps of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild's Victorian high society house guests. A young widower, Ferdinand poured his passion into collecting, and he created the Manor as a place to entertain and to show off his art treasures. His collection of French decorative arts, English and Dutch paintings can still be admired in the rooms at Waddesdon today.
Displays of personal artefacts tell the story of Ferdinand and his famous Rothschild family. Outside, the Parterre dazzles with colourful carpet bedding; rare birds call from the ornate Aviary, and sculptures classical and contemporary dot the grounds. The Manor's French chateau style still has the power to surprise and delight.
Open March-October, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, and from mid-November to New Year for special Christmas season.
See www.waddesdon.org.uk for full details