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This is one of the most popular stately homes in the south of England, so be prepared for crowds, especially on a sunny weekend in summer! We've visited on at least 3 occasions, and each time I come away awe-struck at the amazing art collection and dazzling interior of the house. The word 'opulent' does not begin to express just how incredible the interiors are.
Throughout most of the house you never really get the sense of Waddesdon as a family home, but rather it is a setting for the quite amazing collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts. Many times I've come face to face with a painting I've seen hundreds of times in various publications over the years and think, 'Oh, that's a Waddeson piece, too!'. The grounds are enjoyable, with lots of space to explore, and the house is quite extraordinary; a slice of France set down in a perfectly English setting, but for me it is the astonishing collection of art and the gilded interiors that I will remember.
Waddeson is one of those places that you simply must see, at least once, though I suspect that if you enjoy historic art and furniture you will want to return again and again.
About Waddesdon Manor
Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, HP18 OJH
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 6 m NW Aylesbury, on A41
Website: Waddesdon Manor
Phone: 01296 653 226
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SP740 169
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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