Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is well worth a few hours of your time. As previously mentioned, it is one of the most visited National Trust properties in the UK.The manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. The first glimpse of the house is rather startling, as I certainly wasn’t expecting to see a house in the style of a French Renaissance château. If you want to tour parts of the house, advance booking is advised. Don’t leave it until a few days before, as I did, else you’ll find all the tickets sold out. The gardens are stunning, even in winter. And it’s fun to turn a corner and see what looks like a ghost looming up at you. In reality, all the outdoor marble statues and planters are wrapped up to protect them from the worst of the coming winter weather. There’s a lovely adventure playground for the little people and a beautiful aviary. In the run up to Christmas, there’s a10-minute outdoor light show running every 15 minutes from 4.15pm.
Waddesdon Manor pretty much has all you need for a great day out.