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Last Days of Summer in Waddesdon Manor


 
We caught one of the last days of summer around Waddesdon Manor, on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
 
It is impressive. The Manor was built by the Rothschilds, for their summer escapes from London.
Lodged on top of the Buckinghamshire hills, its' Renaissance towers unapologetically reach for the sky. It's the kind of chateau that you'd expect to see in the Loire valley and yet, here it is, amongst acres of woodland and perfectly laid out gardens.
 


We had tea in the old kitchens of the Manor - nothing fancy, simple sandwiches and cakes, but we were in awe of the iron stoves that run along the whole length of the room,  the pans and pots stacked up all the way to the ceiling. Imagine the commotion in this room when a feast would have been prepared!

We spend the entire afternoon walking around the gardens, we even walked down to the stables, another French inspired group of buildings, perfectly set amongst the dense woodland.

The Manor is just about an hour's drive from London, but if you want to take it easy and stay locally for the evening try the Five Arrows hotel & pub, it is located in Waddesdon village, right by the heavy gates of the Manor estate. It's built in unique style, with all kinds of trimmings hanging off its' roof, pretty much like a real-life gingerbread house!




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