A new tour for 2017 exploring the Rothschild fiefdom in the Vale of Aylesbury. Here in the 19th century gravitated numerous members of the family. In addition to the immaculately maintained estate at Waddesdon with its unrivalled collections of 18th century furniture and Sèvres porcelain juxtaposed with 18th century English portraits, we visit Ascott House, another Rothschild house, at Wing and the quintessential English domain of Nether Winchendon along with Claydon house, the incomplete mansion of the Verney family, famous for its extraordinary staircase and exuberant plasterwork.
Talks: Rothschilds in the Vale of Aylesbury and The Collections at Waddesdon
2018 dates available shortly
Based at the Oxford Belfry Hotel
Price: From £775
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Oxford Belfry Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Nicholas – ‘The Rothschilds in the Vale of Aylesbury.
Day 2: The first visit of the day is to Nether Winchendon House, an enchanting medieval and Tudor manor house set on 7 acres of gardens and 600 acres of parkland, that has been the same family’s home for more than 450 years. A welcome talk, tea/coffee and a private guided tour of the house will introduce you to its charms. Lunch is also included. After lunch we head to St Mary’s Church at North Marston, listed as one of “England’s thousand best churches” and dating from the 12th century. One of its claims to fame is that a rector in the 14th century claimed to be able to cure gout. Dinner with wine included in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Day 3: Morning visit to Claydon House, for a guided tour and light lunch. It is hard to believe that this fine Georgian mansion is but a fragment of the vast house intended to be built by the Verney family, for such it is. The modest exterior belies the sumptuous stucco of the interior and the wondrous staircase, unrivalled in England. After lunch we are off to one of the less well-known Rothschild houses in the Vale of Aylesbury. Bought as a hunting lodge in 1876, Ascott instils a mood of luxurious refinement, filled as it is with fine paintings including a memorable Cuyp, and a collection of Chinese porcelain. Evening talk ‘The Collection at Waddesdon,’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 4: Saving the best till last we spend the day at Waddesdon Manor including a welcome introduction, guided tour of the ground floor, lunch and a talk about its amazing furniture collection. Surely the epitome of “le goût Rothschild”, this 19th century mansion is filled with 18th century French furniture of unparalleled splendour juxtaposed with 18th century English portraits. It is unrivalled anywhere in the world with its collections of all that is best in the decorative and fine arts. The catalogues run to some twelve volumes, all prepared by the greatest scholars, which says everything about the scope of the treasures of this house, which we will explore in some detail today. Return to the hotel for about 17.30
For full details of this new tour, please contact Travel Editions on 0207 2510045
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