Waddesdon

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild at the end of the 19th century. This French Renaissance style chateau houses one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts in the world: Sevres porcelain, Savonnerie carpets, Beauvais tapestries and furniture by some of the top French cabinet makers. There are also portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds as well as works by Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century. The wine cellars, which are open to view, contain thousands of bottles of vintage Rothschild wine.

The grounds are beautifully laid out in the Victorian manner and are famous for the landscape of specimen trees and parterre. There is also a Rococo style aviary with many exotic birds.

Very un-English; but a remarkable example of its kind.