Waddesdon Manor In Late Autumn

After a full on summer and early autumn working at the plot every day, the slowness of the past few weeks has been very welcome, it means that the basic jobs of weeding, watering and mowing need to be done far less frequently giving us some time to do other stuff.  In my case cooking, reading, the crossword (as you know if you read this blog regularly) and days out.  I have a list of places planned and what all of them have in common is their beautiful grounds and gardens.

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Early one Sunday morning a couple of weekends ago we hopped in the car and drove an hour or so out of London into Buckinghamshire and on to Waddesdon Manor, a French Renaissance-style chateau set in the vale of Aylesbury.  Built by the Rothschild family towards the end of the nineteenth century for their ‘Saturday to Monday’ house parties, it is now part of The National Trust.

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As for the gardens, at this time of year, it is the eight hundred acres of landscaped parkland rather than the formal planting that comes to the fore with stunning vistas running from the parterre across the grounds to the Chiltern hills.  There is also an aviary and woodland walks.

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You may wonder why the pictures are devoid of people on such a sunny morning; the answer?  All in the restaurant with bacon rolls and coffee.  It might have been beautiful but it was also bitterly cold.

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There’s also a gift shop, which as well as the things you would expect sells antique glass and silverware, a rather nice wine shop and a plant centre.

To visit, there are plenty of events in the run up to Christmas, or to read more, the details are on the Waddesdon Manor website here and via the National Trust here.

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4 Responses to “Waddesdon Manor In Late Autumn”

  1. home, garden, life November 22, 2013 @ 12:52 pm (#)

    Simply stunning. And to think only a short drive away. Such inspiration! Thanks!

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — November 22nd, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

      Than you for taking the time to read Diane. They were dressing the house and gardens for Christmas whilst we were there, so I’m very tempted to go back in the next couple of weeks, think it will look magical in the late afternoon.

  2. StiffKnees November 22, 2013 @ 2:00 pm (#)

    Well, that certainly is some impressive weekend pad the Rothchild’s built 😉 , stunning photos Victoria. You should definitely visit again in two weeks.

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — November 22nd, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

      And it wasn’t big enough to accommodate everyone, apparently they had to add an extra wing!

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