Coach Visit | Waddesdon Manor
Wednesday 5 October 2011 - 08:00 until 14:00
Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1879 to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and as a place from which he could entertain fashionable guests. Waddesdon was built in the style of a French Renaissance chateau and furnished in the style of Louis XIV.
The 45 rooms boast the highest quality of French furniture and decorative arts from the 18th century as well as portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Masters. The Victorian Gardens are considered some of the finest in Britain, renowned for their colourful parterre, seasonal displays, statuary and fountains and all set within the marvelous backdrop of the Vale of Aylesbury.
At the heart of the gardens lies the Rococo style aviary which houses a splendid collection of exotic birds and is well known for its breeding of endangered species. The Wine Cellars, modeled on the private cellars at Chateau Lafite Rothschild contain thousands of bottles of Rothschild wine dating back to 1868. A contemporary art gallery has also opened in the Coach House at the Stables.