Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD EVER. So much so that after University I got a part-time job there just so I could spend more time there! It’s just the most beautiful building set in the most stunning gardens – if you haven’t been there before you MUST.
As a belated Mother’s Day treat I took my Mummy on a tour of the house and gardens, and for champagne afternoon tea. The inside of the manor is just as stunning as the outside. The dining room with its beautiful floral centrepieces and divine chandeliers is definitely my favourite room, and my favourite feature is the Porca Miseria – a contemporary chandelier made of smashed crockery and cutlery.
Before our afternoon tea we had a wander around the beautiful grounds and gardens. I could look at the house itself ALL DAY EVERY DAY, but my mum managed to drag me away and we explored the rose gardens, the stables, the woodland, and the aviary which is stunning in itself, and is filled with unusual, colourful, exotic birds.
Once we’d worked up an appetite we headed to the manor restaurant. The afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor is honestly the best I’ve ever had. The first (savoury) course consisted of the classics – egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon, and coronation chicken sandwiches – as well as delicious extras including tallegio, leek and hazelnut tart; asparagus and cream cheese roulade; tomato, mozzarella and pesto foccacia and a scrummy asparagus and prawn tart.
I was totally stuffed after the first course, but the dessert course looked ridiculously good so I dove straight in!
We had a lovely refreshing coconut pannacotta with mango and passionfruit jelly, raspberry delice, lemon meringue tart, opera cake, a chocolate and praline macaron, and no afternoon tea would be complete without a homemade scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream!
After stuffing ourselves silly on all of this glorious food, we popped into the wine shop and were treated to a free tasting of some of Waddesdon’s very own gins. I don’t normally drink gin neat, however the damson and rhubarb varieties were so tasty and went down a treat served alone over a little ice.
The manor also has the most beautiful wine cellar, and there are frequent tours and tastings. I’ve managed to sneak onto one of these for free before, but would love to go to one of the evenings where food is served alongside various wines from the Rothschild family’s vineyards.
I make sure I head to Waddesdon Manor every single time I go home, I am totally and completely in love with the place. If you’re ever in the area, it is a MUST-see!