Waddesdon

1pt.gif (86 bytes)'When Baron Ferdinand Rothschild built Waddesdon in 1874-1889 he sought to revive the decoration of the 18th century in its purity, reconstructing the rooms out of old material, reproducing them as they had been during the reigns of the Louis.' This was truly a magnificent home and as we wandered through it, were awestruck at the contents ... not only the furnishings, but the artwork. It contains a remarkable collection of 18th century works of art.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)I spoke with a couple of people who can tell you everything you would ever want to know about the house, one of them asked if I knew where the word 'dessert' came from ... well, he said in those days all the courses were served to you except the last course ... dessert! you had to get up from the table and go to a sideboard to fetch it ... thus the word that we use today 'dessert'!
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Another man I met was in the bedroom that Winston Churchill used to take every time he came there ... it was because this room had it's own balcony so he could relax with a cigar in this room! I cannot tell you what is was like being in this room where Churchill slept! I have now seen Blenheim Palace (where he was born) and Chartwell (where he spent the last 40 years of his life) and now this place.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The picture you see of a statue inside is that of 'Bacchus'. This is in the wine cellar. The other statues are outside in the gardens and the aviary was full of beautiful birds...the carpet bedding that you see outside was inspired by the international couturier, Oscar de la Renta for their Art In Fashion theme this year.

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