Why on earth would anyone build a 16th century French chateau in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Well, if you were a French billionnaire Rothschild, why not? The 19th century extravaganza of Waddesdon Manor is filled with museum quality Savonnerie carpets and Sèvres porcelain, paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds and 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, and a silver service made for George III. There is also a rococo aviary full of exotic birds and a wine cellar, naturellement.
Highlight: The full range of Rothschild wines is available in the shop.