Built over a century ago, the house and its setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends. Today it still delights many of the visitors with its dramatic architecture.
Explore the House
See the study where Baron Ferdinand relaxed with his favourite poodle Poupon. His armchair is still in its original position today. Discover the grand rooms within the house and imagine staying here as a guest.
Who lived here?
Inheriting the manor upon her brother's death, Miss Alice de Rothschild became the protector of the house and is best remembered for her strict housekeeping rules that ensured the preservation of the collections.
Browse the collection
With over 15,000 works of art, objects and well known for its 18th-century portraits by British artists Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney, the house showcases the Rothschilds as great collectors.
Some contemporary pieces of the collection can be seen displayed around the Manor whilst the majority of works can be seen at Windmill Hill, the archive centre.
Highlights of the collection
Boy Building House of Cards (1735) is an intimate and monumental painting by Chardin. Children playing with cards, bubbles, spinning-tops or shuttlecocks were favourite subjects of Chardin. Today this painting can be seen at the end of the Starhemberg room.
This chest of drawers (c. 1730) by Charles Cressent is one of the finest examples of his workmanship. The dramatically curved shape of this piece shows off the gilt-bronze mounts and geometrically veneered wood. Find this piece in the Grey Drawing Room.
The Bacino di San Marco with the Molo and the Doge's Palace, Venice by Guardi (1755-1763). This painting and its companion are the largest known works of Guardi, and are early examples of the real and idealistic views of Venice with which he made his reputation. Find these paintings in the East Gallery.
This vase (Sèvres Manufactory, est.1756), with elephant heads, is one of the iconic shapes associated with Sèvres. Animals such as elephants appealed to the rococo taste of exoticism. A distinguishing feature of this vase is the combination of pink and green colours that appear only in objects made between 1759-1760. This vase can be seen in the Grey dining room.
This clock (1749) combines the work of two of the most talented craftmen of 18th-century Paris. The case with its wind-blown leaf fronds, boldly punched patterns and flowing figure is the work of the bronze founders and chasers Jacques Caffieri. The movement of this clock was made by Julien Leroy, a leading horologist of the day. This clock can be found in the Grey drawing room.