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Waddesdon Manor and Gardens

Waddesdon Manor North Fountain

17 pics. Waddesdon Manor is near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  The manor was completed in 1898 as a sumptuous weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and has passed through four generations of Rothschilds until 1958 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.

The extraordinary interiors are here ⇐ and for more information and visiting please see the website ⇒.

Above is the North Fountain where the estate shuttle stops.  Turn around and there is the manor house.

Waddesdon Manor House



The sloping balustrades of the turret follow the line of the internal spiral staircase.  For a closer look at an image; right-click on an image, choose “Open Link in New Tab” and then left-click on the opened image to magnify.


A view back along the drive from the south-west corner of the manor house.  The grounds are a little short of flowers at this time of year (early May) but it is a quiet time to  visit. 

The house has an extensive wine cellar that is open to visitors.  The two black towers on the right of the above picture are modern art made of wine bottles.   I suppose the artist had to have something to drink whilst musing on the composition and then found inspiration in the empties 🙂 .

A view of the rear and the parterre garden.

A view of the parterre garden from a rear second story window.

From the south-west corner of the house there is path that leads to the aviary.

Rothschilds’ Mynah Bird – A critically endangered species from NW Bali.

I’m not always comfortable about caging animals but these are well kept and have an easy and extended life.  Many of the birds are rare and colorful.  Unfortunately most of the them were playing find the composer, otherwise known as Haydn Seek.

The grounds are extensive and a great place for a picnic.



The rose garden was not quite in bloom (early May).


So it’s goodbye from me.

And, it’s goodbye from ‘im.  Biscuit, what biscuit ?.  It twasn’t me guv.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the remarkable interiors ⇐.

13 responses

  1. gorgeous photos! ❤
    Diana xo

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    May 12, 2017 at 16:52

  2. Eagerly awaiting the interiors! I was enraptured as soon as I saw the aviaries!

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    May 12, 2017 at 18:47

    • Interiors should be ready for Sunday. Disgracefully opulent. 😀

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      May 12, 2017 at 23:47

  3. All so very lovely and equally-different from what I see in Ecuador… Those all-but straight whitish lines in the sky are also something I rarely see, though in the past few years I spot one or several or at times a cross hatching and wonder, “What-?… Why?…” etc…

    The grounds are beautiful and inviting, and for sure I could find a little studio space somewhere inside that lovely manor! your next post might show a spot that might work – but wait, i’d also need a landing pad for the magic carpet!

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    May 12, 2017 at 19:39

    • I was very lucky with the light and the sky on the day. There are a few nooks and crannies that you might like.

      No sure about a landing pad. I always think; if in doubt head for the wine cellar. 😀

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      May 12, 2017 at 23:57

  4. Wonderful photos – I’m looking forward to seeing the inside. 🙂

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    May 13, 2017 at 05:29

  5. Wow – what a wonderful place – both the building and the gardens.

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    May 13, 2017 at 11:43

    • It is quite extraordinary. I’ve been discovering there are quite a few interesting places in that region. A good area to put a house on a hill.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      May 13, 2017 at 14:50

  6. From the architecture to the manicured grounds, it’s spectacular! Your photos take me places I’ve never been 🙂

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    May 13, 2017 at 18:08

    • Glad to here it. I think it is a key attraction of the bloggyweb.

      Think of the untold stories of romantic, political, religious and commercial intrigue that unfolded in a place like that. Then there are all the below stairs shenanigans. I’m making myself giddy. 😀

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      May 13, 2017 at 21:17

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