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Review of Waddesdon: Placed roughly 10 kilometers west of Aylesbury, the village and parish of Waddesdon is an old agricultural community which has a 13th century church. Recognized as the setting for the incredible Waddesdon Manor, founded by the rich Rothschilds family in the Renaissance style of a sixteenth century French chateau (these days maintained by the National Trust), Waddesdon has basically been an estate village since the end of the 19th century.

With a current population of about 2,100 (2011 census), Waddesdon today continues to be dominated by structures constructed for the Rothschilds (the village hall, the Five Arrows hotel & dwellings built for manor employees). Previously linked to neighbouring Aylesbury by means of rail, Waddesdon railway station is now shut down and the village can now only be reached by road (namely the A41). The parish of Waddesdon (including Westcott, Eythrope, Woodham & Wormstone) covers an area of 7,252 acres.

The Manor at WaddesdonWaddesdon Over the Centuries: Most definitely a Saxon settlement right before the conquest by the Normans, the manor of Waddesdon was retained by Brictric, one of Queen Edith's men, in those long gone, largely undocumented days. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the manor was described as being possessed by Miles Crispin and priced at 27 hides. Subsequently the manor of Waddesdon was to be given to Henry of Oxford and later on to the Courtenay family, it switched control over and over until finally passing to John 7th Duke of Marlborough. In eighteen seventy four the Duke of Marlborough sold his large Buckinghamshire landed estate, which included the parish of Waddesdon, to Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, a politician (he was High Sheriff of Bucks and Liberal Member of Parliment for Aylesbury), art collector & the well-off Rothschild banking dynasty of Austria.

Waddesdon Manor House: The Renaissance style Waddesdon Manor House was then constructed by Ferdinand de Rothschild, reproducing a sixteenth century French chateau, right down to the wine cellars. The estate and manor passed down to Ferdinand's sister, Alice Charlotte de Rothschild, in 1898, when Ferdinand passed away at the Manor itself on his 59th birthday in 1898. The Manor House was meant both as a family home and also to show off the Baron's vast collection of furniture, tapestries and art. In 1957, following the passing of James de Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor was bequeathed to the National Trust, it eventually developed into a very popular tourist hotspot. Waddesdon Manor boasts a world-famous displays of works of art and furniture, considerable gardens, a superb wine cellar, a Rococo style aviary, plant centre, online shop, conference rooms, kid's area, top quality restaurants, giftshops and even features marriage services (The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor). Food markets, art exhibitions, carol singing, wine tasting events, and horticultural shows are some of the quite a lot of functions that are held year round at the manor.

Across the years, Waddesdon was a primarily agricultural village and and also the present day name has been known varyingly as Votesdone (11th C) and Woddesdon (fourteenth century). In the eighteenth century the village for a while delved into silk manufacture, a tiny factory established in 1843 as an offshoot of a much larger factory in nearby Aylesbury. Lace making was furthermore done by many of the ladies of the parish in the mid to late 1800's. The building of Waddesdon's parish church Saint Michael and All Angels started in 1190, it was extended and embellished repeatedly through the years, particularly through the medieval and Victorian periods. The Font dates from about 1400, the church tower was renewed in 1892, replacing the one erected in the 14th century.

Facilities - Wedding Venue - The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor: Enormously beautiful, the renowned wedding venue, The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury in Bucks, gives you a superbly enchanting backdrop for that ultimate wedding experience anytime of year. Nestling in a relaxing waterside setting in the middle of marvelous gardens, The Dairy at Waddesdon is an awesome private building on the Waddesdon Estate, skillfully made for the well-heeled Ferdinand de Rothschild during the nineteenth Century & for more than a century the countryside residence of the Rothschild household. You, your family and friends can encounter an idea of their privileged standard of living: outstanding food, superior wines, and specialist service with full uniqueness assured. The magnificent Dairy at Waddesdon holds a license for civil wedding ceremonies underneath the Antler Chandelier, in the Winter Garden, inside the West Hall and outside (under cover) by the lakeside pavilion. Call: 01296 653226.

A selection of Waddesdon streets and roads: Anstey Close, Rectory Drive, Quainton Road, Waddesdon Hill, Eythrope Road, Orchard Close, The Grove, Grove Way, Goss Avenue, Sharps Close, Queen Street, Warmstone Lane, Chestnut Close, Little Britain, New Street, Baker Street, School Lane, Taylors Corner, The Square, Wood Street, Warmstone Close, Rose Terrace, High Street, Silk Street, Frederick Street.

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Orchard Cottage Ashendon - 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom (Sleeps 4)

Extremely convenient for checking out Waddesdon Manor & Gardens & surrounded by appealing open landscapes, this beautiful holiday cottage offers you terrific views and is nicely equipped throughout, making this well suited for a secluded getaway or short break. The property is positioned on the outskirts of the quiet village of Ashendon approximately 4.7 miles distance from the village of Waddesdon.

Enjoying a considerable back garden, with BBQ, outside furniture and quite a few fruit trees, this cottage offers a comfortable timber beamed lounge which has an open fireplace for warming up on those cold evenings, in the kitchen area you will discover an AGA cooker, good for making a home-cooked breakfast prior to heading off to explore.

This holiday cottage is simply a short stroll away from the the heart of Ashendon boasting a traditional pub (The Hundred of Ashendon), providing a choice of beers and excellent food, and other than Waddesdon, is convenient for exploring such places as Chearsley, Cuddington, Aylesbury and Haddenham, also in the area are the Chilterns. This terrific cottage is perfect for an escape summer or winter.

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This information should be useful for surrounding towns and villages such as: Cuddington, Brill, Dinton, Kingswood, Poundon, Nether Winchendon, Quainton, Aylesbury, Charndon, Edgcott, Westcott, Piddington, Bicester, Steeple Claydon, Grendon Underwood, Oving, Calvert, Marsh Gibbon, Chearsley, Ludgershall, Ashendon, Dorton, Woodham, Whitchurch, Wootton Underwood, Dinton, Upper Winchendon.