Based in the Vale of Aylesbury (a Rothschild fiefdom in the 19th century) we explore not only Waddesdon Manor and Ascott House at Wing, but also the “sublime” landscape garden at Stowe, and its massive mansion house, now housing the famous school, beautifully restored over the last few years. Not to be missed is the extraordinary incomplete house at Claydon.
Talks: Rothschilds in the Vale of Aylesbury and The Collections at Waddesdon
29th July – 1st August 2018
2nd – 5th September 2018
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: Stowe House and Gardens.
Our first day looks at the wealthy creation of a different family – the Temple-Grenvilles, who, in the 18th century, chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples. Amidst these large gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House (now an eminent school) that was so grand that even Queen Victoria was bewildered by its interiors (some state rooms may not be available according to school requirements). An included lunch in the grounds, now run by the National Trust, will be followed by plenty of time to explore the wonderful grounds and gardens, before returning to the hotel.
Day 3: Claydon House and Ascott House.
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 (included) 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: Waddesdon Manor.
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 approximately 17.30.
For full details of this tour, please contact Travel Editions on 0207 2510045
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