Waddesdon Manor, where to start?
It had been suggested by National Trust that maybe I would like Waddesdon Manor which is why I went there in the first place. I had popped down the M40 on my own one weekend in august to check it out. It's a little further than I like to drive on my escapes to be honest and the motorways I try to avoid where possible. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/waddesdon-manor/
On my trip to Waddesdon Manor I did choose to use the M40 and it was the first time I had driven on that motorway. I didn't have much time that day and the alternative would have added 45 minutes to my journey giving me less time at the Manor.I arrived later in the day than most people so was parked quite a way down the hill. I was given two options, one to walk up the long drive for about a mile or a quicker more direct route, up and over the hill which is the one I chose. (Since my daughter has been ill, I just don't get out much these days so have put on a little more weight than I am happy with and also with my lack of walking become unfit!) This hill I chose to climb, I am sure did not look that steep from the bottom! After getting to the top of it and getting my breath back, all I could say was WOW and WOW again. What a beautiful site to see! I had come up the back way and there before me was the beautiful garden with all it's lovely colours with this amazing house in the background!
I did not expect that view when I was climbing the hill as you can't see the house from the bottom. It was well worth the journey so much so that a week later I returned with all my family to celebrate my birthday. It was our first trip out as a complete family since my daughter had become ill with CFS/ME so I was split a little between worrying how she would cope and excitement of showing them where I had been. We brought a wheelchair with us and were kindly allowed to park at the top of the hill where the ground was flatter and access was better for disabled. I must say the lady who chats on twitter and the parking attendants couldn't have been more helpful than they were and for that I thank you all very much.
Waddesdon Manor is yes another National Trust property and with our membership, which to be honest has normally paid for itself before Spring even starts, it only ever costs us petrol to get anywhere. Of course you have the option of eating out at most national trust properties or bringing your own picnic which is what we do as we have too many allergies to work around, it just makes life a little easier. Saying that the menu did look very good at Waddesdon Manor, it is on our list of places to try should we mange to escape sometime without the children.
They also have one of the biggest aviaries I have seen at a Historical house such as this.
Inside Waddesdon Manor
The next three photos show one of the two beautiful spiral staircases from outside and in. I loved how the curve of the stone banister followed beautifully from outside the house to the other side of the stairwell inside, it was perfectly built.
This house has some amazing chandeliers , if I remember correctly, this one weights 3/4 of a tonne! I am pleased I don't have to clean this!
My favourite room in the house has to be the downstairs main dining room, it is truly beautiful, the work that has gone into this room is really something but it is also how the room has been dressed to add the finishing touches. I think it's one of the room people take spend the most time in.
When walking around the house, remember to look up too, this house has quite a collection of different types of lights
This next one is great, do you think someone had a Greek night before making this ? :)
This was the table the broken crockery lampshade was above for more private dinning.
I have added a few more photos from around the house for you to get a better idea of what you would see if you went there.
As You can see there is so much to look at from the floors to the ceilings and all very beautiful.
This part of the house is the men's club and not open to the public at the weekends but worth seeing.
So many old weapons
Of course there has to be one of these in this wing of the house!
We loved Waddesdon Manor and will be back a few times of that I am sure. I hope you enjoyed my new blog.