Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

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I really enjoyed walking around Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild’s. It is a lovely old house with a lot of history and you get to see a lot of it on the tour.

The car parking area has been updated and you get a onsite bus from the car park to the main entrance approach which is very helpful.

The gardens are lovely and I particularly liked the outer buildings with the statue of a horse in the courtyard. We managed to get lunch in one of the cafe’s there which was very nice, albeit busy.

Just in front of the main entrance to the house was a wine bottle sculpture which I found interesting. I wondered if it would be as acceptable if I made one of our household empties for our front garden?! I think it might be frowned upon a bit. I won’t say how long it would take for us to collect this many empties 😉

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In one of the outer buildings there is the old boiler room control together with an old wooden lift which looks very unsteady, but interesting to see none the less.

One of the rooms contained a vast dinner set with a booklet explaining what each item was for. We stood for ages picking out the various pieces of crockery, I can’t believe that so many pieces exist with such specific purposes. I’m just glad that I’m not the one having to wash them all up or remember what they are for!

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I found this room particularly nice. I love the light fitting over the table and the silver wine carriages. I’m not sure it would look so good in a modern home or that the light that low would be practical.

The views of the Chiltern Hills are nice too and if you’re lucky you might even see some very expensive sports cars in the public car park. We saw a limited edition Ferrari, a Lamborghini, a Porsche and a McClaren as we were leaving which topped things off nicely.

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