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.
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.
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.
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.
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.