Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor was built at the end of the last century for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain guests and display his vast collection of art treasures. It has won many awards including, the Silver Award for England for Excellence for Visitor Attraction of the Year 1998, Silver Award for Best Overall Property 1999, and Best Gift Shop 1999. A French Renaissance-style chateau, Waddesdon has one of the finest collections of 18th century decorative arts in the world:Savonnerie carpets, Sevres porcelain, Beauvais tapestries and furniture by the best French cabinetmakers. It also has important portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and works by Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century. Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, famous for its landscape of specimen trees, Parterre and striking displays of seasonal bulbs and bedding plants. The Rococo-style aviary houses a splendid collection of exotic birds and thousands of bottles of vintage Rothschild wines are found in the wine cellars.

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