On Wednesday 5th August, 53 members visited Waddesdon Manor. In 1874 Baron Ferdinand de Rothchild began work on Waddesdon Manor, a house which now holds his vast collection of fine arts. In 1957, James de Rothchild bequeathed Waddesdon to the National Trust.
On approaching the house there are two contemporary glass sculptures, Lafite, by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. Lafite takes the form of two 7 metre candlesticks made of empty magnum bottles supplied by Chateau Lafite Rothchild and reminds us of the famous wines from the Rothchild Chateau.
We have coffee and then a Power House presentation on aspects of Waddesdon’s collection and history. Time to explore the beautiful gardens, the shop and a delicious lunch. Then a tour of the house and an opportunity to see the magnificent English portraits, Dutch Old Masters and 18th century French decorative arts.
The house has been sympathetically adapted for visitors, with the restaurants, shop and facilities all within close proximity for those who prefer not to walk too far, while the vast estate offers long walks for those more energetic.
This was a really interesting day out, with lots to see and learn and freedom to enjoy at our own pace.