Taste of Bordeaux not far awayBy Stuart White
July 10, 2009
Standing outside one of the Rothschild family homes under this scorching summer sun, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the south of France.
The Renaissance-style château – as grand as the wines produced by this renowned French name – is stunning. The gardens immaculate.
And, surprisingly, this one is only five minutes from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
More than 300,000 visitors a year go to the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor to view art collections, walk in the gardens and drink wine.
At the entrance to the estate is the charming and listed Five Arrows Hotel, which was constructed in 1887 to sleep the craftsmen working on the manor.
The converted coaching house is the ideal base for a short break to appreciate spectacular Waddesdon. It is only an hour’s drive from Reading, although the best route on how to get there is open to debate.
Owned by Premier Cru Hotels and Inns, it has 11 individually designed rooms – three on the outskirts of a great courtyard – each named after Rothschild properties and furnished with antiques and vintage pieces from the manor. It is very tastefully decorated.
The wine theme runs throughout and the excellent modern European restaurant has a great list to complement dinner, which was delicious.
Look out for wine events and gourmet evenings, including the upcoming Rome-themed night on July 26 where you can combine Italy seamlessly with France.
Stuart stayed at the Five Arrows Hotel, High Street, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Call 01296 651727 or visit www.waddesdon.org.uk/five_arrows for more details and best rates.