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Review of Waddesdon: Located roughly nine and a half km to the west of the large town of Aylesbury, the parish and small village of Waddesdon is a historic farming community which has a 13th century parish church. Well known as the location of the striking Waddesdon Manor, founded by the well-heeled Rothschilds dynasty in the Renaissance style of a sixteenth century French chateau (now managed by the National Trust), Waddesdon has basically been an estate village since the late nineteenth century.

Waddesdon today houses a population of approximately 2,100 (2011) and is still peppered with buildings built by the Rothschild family (the Village Hall, the Five Arrows Hotel & dwellings built for Manor employees). Waddesdon parish (in addition to Westcott, Woodham, Eythrope and Wormstone) covers close to 7,000 acres. Formerly linked with near by Aylesbury via train, Waddesdon rail station has long since closed and the village can now only be got to by road (A41).

Waddesdon Manor and GardensA History of Waddesdon: In the 1086 Domesday Book Waddesdon manor was being worth twenty seven hides & recorded to be held by Miles Crispin, however before it was undoubtedly a Saxon village & was retained by Brictric, one of Queen Edith's men. Waddesdon manor was controlled by quite a few landowners prior to eventually passing to John, 7th Duke of Marlborough during the nineteenth century, these included Thomas Earl of Devon and Henry of Oxford. It was formerly named 7th Duke of Marlborough who, in the late 19th century, sold off Waddesdon & surrounding areas & his whole Bucks estate to Ferdinand de Rothschild an art collector, politician and one of the well-off Rothschild banking family.

Waddesdon Manor House: Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild went on to construct the stunning Waddesdon Manor House, from a layout by Gabrielle-Hippolyte Destailleur, in the Renaissance style of a 16th century French chateau, right down to the wine cellars. Baron Ferdinand passed away in 1898, the estate and manor passing down to his sister, Alice Charlotte de Rothschild. Aside from displaying the Baron's massive collection of furniture, tapestries and art, the Manor House also acted as a residence. In the late 1950's, after the passing of James de Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor was handed over to the National Trust, it then developed into a fashionable tourism hotspot. Present day Waddesdon Manor showcases massive landscaped gardens, a world-renowned displays of furniture, paintings and ornamental arts, a garden centre, a Rococo aviary, a wine cellar, gift shops, conference rooms, a wedding venue (The Dairy at Waddesdon), a childrens corner, gift shops and top notch restaurants. Carol singing, food markets, art displays, wine tastings, and horticultural shows are among the dozens of events and activities that are held year round at waddesdon manor and grounds.

Over the years, Waddesdon has been a typically farming village and together with the modern name has been known variously as Votesdone (11th C) and Woddesdon (14th C). Among other industries which have sustained local individuals as well as agriculture and farming are silk manufacturing and lace manufacturing. In about 1190 construction commenced on Waddesdon's Saint Micheal and All Angels parish church, the current tower superceded a fourteenth century one in 1892, the font originates from 1400.

Facilities - Wedding Venue - The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor: Breathtakingly pretty, the famous marriage venue, The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, offers a superbly delightful back drop for the ideal wedding experience at any time of year. Sitting in a relaxing waterside setting within superb garden areas, The Dairy at Waddesdon is a captivating private building on the Waddesdon Estate, expertly designed for the Rothschild family during the 19th Century and for more than one hundred years the countryside retreat of the Rothschild household. You and your guests will explore a taste of their wealthy way of life: exceptional food, fantastic wines, & high quality service with absolute individuality guaranteed. The fabulous Dairy at Waddesdon holds a license for civil marriages 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: Warmstone Lane, Eythrope Road, Anstey Close, Silk Street, Chestnut Close, High Street, New Street, The Square, Quainton Road, Goss Avenue, Queen Street, Little Britain, Rose Terrace, School Lane, Orchard Close, The Grove, Rectory Drive, Sharps Close, Grove Way, Warmstone Close, Waddesdon Hill, Wood Street, Taylors Corner, Frederick Street, Baker Street.

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

Extremely convenient for proceeding to Waddesdon Manor House and village and circled by fantastic open scenery, this pleasant cottage delivers superb views & is adequately furnished throughout, which makes it great for a relaxing trip or weekend break. The property can be found on the outskirts of the quiet little village of Ashendon approximately 4.7 miles away from Waddesdon.

Looking out onto a sizable back garden, with barbecue, patio furniture and lots of fruit trees, this cottage includes a comfy beamed living room having an open fireplace to warm you on winter days, in the kitchen area you will find an AGA stove, great for cooking a home made English breakfast before heading off on your travels.

This holiday home is only a short meander from the village centre with its traditional pub (The Hundred of Ashendon), serving real ale and terrific food, and other than Waddesdon, is great for checking out such places as Haddenham, Aylesbury, Cuddington and Chearsley, also close by are the Chiltern Hills. This fantastic cottage is perfect for a break winter or summer.

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