Waddesdon Manor

Private Tours to Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is one of the most surprising and opulent houses in England. It was built in the late 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as somewhere to entertain at weekends, while his sister Alice began the gardens that can still be seen today. They and their cousin Edmond loved the style of 18th century France, and used their fabulous wealth to fill the house with the most extraordinary collection of art works. Today the Rothschild family continue to add to this collection, often with the work of modern artists and craftsmen.

As part of your visit you can attend a short talk about Rothschild wines, and then explore the wine cellars.

My photos at the bottom of this page were mostly taken at Christmas 2015; Waddesdon always has fabulous Christmas decorations, but you can also see something of the opulence of the house.


All tours are by car, for up to 6 people, with your own private driver-guide. Tour prices from £620.


Waddesdon Manor & Oxford

Oxford is the home of England’s oldest university. We will take a walk in the footsteps of famous students, hearing about Harry Potter, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Mr Bean, as well as Einstein and Tim Berners-Lee, the ‘inventor’ of the world wide web. Lunch in an Oxford or country pub.


Waddesdon Manor & the Cotswolds

Spend some time exploring the charming villages of the Cotswolds – and maybe stop for afternoon tea. We’ll see thatched cottages, pretty gardens, antique and craft shops, and sheep grazing contentedly in the countryside. Quintessential England.


Waddesdon Manor & Ascott House

Ascott House is an Edwardian country home also owned by the de Rothschild family. It has small formal gardens, and extensive lawns and trees. It is particularly lovely to see in Spring when the daffodils are in bloom.