I spent the most brilliant day last week at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire having a look around the amazing house and having a sneak peak at their extraordinary textile archive. The house and gardens were built from scratch in the 1870s by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as a summer and weekend house and he seems to have been spurred on to great things by some good-natured rivalry with his sister Alice about who could create the most elaborate and lavish (and yet inviting and comfortable) home. The preservation of this astonishing building is the result of tremendous work by the Waddesdon Curators, the National Trust and the Rothschild family and there is so much to see, it is too much to absorb in one day. I would highly recommend a visit – it may not be to your taste (particularly if you err on the minimalist side) but you won’t fail to be impressed.
My favourite room
Cushions and fabric samples from the extensive textile archive.
Find out more at www.waddesdon.org.uk