Waddesdon Manor is one of the most beautiful National Trust houses in Bucks. We headed over on a cool, quiet day in half-term to have a relaxing walk in the countryside and see the incredible architecture from yesteryear.
Located in the rolling hills of the Chilterns just outside Aylesbury, Waddesdon Manor is an old Rothschild manor house surrounded by a beautiful expanse of open countryside. You could almost imagine the horse-and-cart bumping up the mile-long driveway towards the car park as we moved through the green, rolling hills of the incredible landscape. After parking up we went straight to the ‘Welcome’ booth and were given our stickers for entry, along with a small but detailed leaflet containing some extra information and a map. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable, recommending things to see once we had made our way up to the manor.
The house itself is around a 20-minute walk away from the car park, although there’s also a regularly running shuttle bus if you don’t fancy the hike. We opted to take the walk, preferring to take our time to see the estate itself and get some fresh air into our lungs. It’s quite a steep walk in places as the manor sits at the top of a hill and so, by the time we made it, I was elatedly puffing for air. Fortunately, I was about to discover that the views were well worth my breathlessness.
It’s a beautiful manor, even bigger than I had imagined, surrounded by trees and well-maintained topiary bushes. The view from the top is glorious, being able to see all the shades of colour in the estate for miles. We began the walk around the house, pausing at the front drive to admire it in all its grandeur. We continued round, stopping in at the aviary to see the remarkable range of protected birds still being looked after on the estate before returning to the gardens to admire some of the expertly-groomed topiary.
Our visit fell right in the middle of Waddesdon’s winter season so a few of the attractions were closed but, whilst this was no detriment to our visit, I can definitely see myself returning in the summer to see the whole manor bathed in sunlight and take in some more of those peaceful, countryside views. Whether you’re looking for a place to take the kids, or just looking for a much-needed communion with nature, Waddesdon Manor is the place to go.