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Review of Waddesdon: Waddesdon in the county of Buckinghamshire is a traditional farming community based about 10 km to the west of the large town of Aylesbury, it has a church first built in the 13th century. The famed Waddesdon Manor is situated near the village, established in 16th century Renaissance style by the prosperous Rothschild family towards the end of nineteenth century.

Still peppered with buildings built by the Rothschild family (the village hall, the Five Arrows hotel & housing built for manor staff), modern day Waddesdon has a populace of approximately 2,100 (in 2011). Waddesdon parish takes in a little over 7,000 acres (combined with Eythrope, Westcott, Wormstone & Woodham). Waddesdon in the past had a train station which connected it to near by Aylesbury, this is now closed and the village can now only be accessed by road (the A41).

Waddesdon Manor BuckinghamshireThe Story of Waddesdon: In the 1086 Domesday Book the manor of Waddesdon was priced at 27 hides and noted down as being controlled by Miles Crispin, although before this it was certainly a Saxon settlement & was possessed by one of Queen Edith's men, Brictric. Waddesdon manor was held by a number of members of society before ultimately ending up with John, 7th Duke of Marlborough during the nineteenth century, including Thomas Earl of Devon and Henry of Oxford. In the late nineteenth century the 7th Duke of Marlborough (John Spencer Churchill) sold his extensive Bucks landed estate, including the parish of Waddesdon, to Ferdinand de Rothschild, a politician (he was High Sheriff of Bucks and Liberal MP for Aylesbury), art enthusiast & member of the wealthy Rothschild banking family.

Waddesdon Manor: Ferdinand de Rothschild subsequently went on to construct the stunning Waddesdon Manor House, using a layout by Gabrielle-Hippolyte Destailleur, in the Renaissance style of a 16th century French chateau, wine cellars and all. Ferdinand died in 1898, the estate and manor inherited by his sister, Alice Charlotte de Rothschild. In the late 1950's, following the passing of James de Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor House was bequeathed to the National Trust, it later came to be a popular tourist attraction. There are various factors which bring sightseers to Waddesdon Manor for example fine restaurants, meeting rooms, gift outlets, kid's corner, an outstanding wedding venue, a garden and plant centre and even more added to the landscaped gardens plus the impressive building itself having its collections of fine art, figurines and French furniture. Waddesdon Manor and grounds additionally hosts a multitude of functions during the year which include art shows, food markets, carol singing, wine tasting events, and horticultural shows.

Across the years, Waddesdon survived as a primarily farming village and in addition to the present name has been known diversely as Votesdone (eleventh century) and Woddesdon (14th century). Apart from farming, lace making and silk making are additional ways that local citizens have made some money in Waddesdon over the years. The structure of the parish church St Michael and All Angels was begun in 1190, it was expanded and embellished several times across the ages, especially during the medieval and Victorian periods. The Font is dated about 1400, the tower was rebuilt in 1892, substituting the previous one erected in the 14th century.

Facilities - Wedding Venue - The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor: Enormously exquisite, the well known marriage venue, The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Bucks, delivers a magnificently romantic back drop to your perfect wedding experience at any time of year. Located in a relaxed waterside setting in the middle of glorious gardens, The Dairy at Waddesdon is a sensational exclusive building on the Waddesdon Manor Estate, skillfully made for the well-heeled Rothschild family during the 1800s & for over 100 years the country retreat of the Rothschild household. You and your guests will encounter an idea of that wealthy life style: excellent food, excellent wines, & expert service with full exclusivity assured. The outstanding Dairy at Waddesdon is authorized for civil wedding ceremonies outside under cover beside the lakeside pavilion, inside the West Hall, below the Antler Chandelier and in the Winter Garden. Call: 01296 653226.

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

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

Reasonably convenient for going to Waddesdon Manor and overlooking stunning open countryside, this wonderful holiday cottage has got lovely views & is beautifully furnished throughout, making this good for a tranquil trip or weekend break. The property is situated on the edge of the pretty little village of Ashendon around five miles drive from the village of Waddesdon.

Enjoying a considerable back garden, with bar-b-que, patio furniture and a lot of fruit trees, the property boasts a snug beamed lounge which has an open fireplace for warming up on those wintry evenings, in the kitchen there is an AGA cooker, good for cooking a home made breakfast before leaving to explore the area.

The holiday cottage is just a short walk away from the village centre boasting a traditional pub (The Hundred of Ashendon), providing fine ales and exceptional meals, and other than Waddesdon, is great for checking out such locations as Cuddington, Chearsley, Aylesbury and Haddenham, additionally in the area are the Chilterns. This wonderful holiday cottage is good for an escape summer or winter.

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