‘I like this place because it is a wonderful 16th century French chateau in the middle of the Buckinghamshire countryside. It’s one of several big houses in Buckinghamshire that were built by the Rothschild family. Waddesdon was built by Ferdinand Rothschild, who was a bachelor. It was his weekend retreat. He’d invite his friends up for a good time in this amazing chateau. It’s a really beautiful building.
‘Waddesdon also has a hotel restaurant, called the Five Arrows. It’s one of my favourite restaurants. It was called the Five Arrows because founder of the Rothschild dynasty had five sons. He sent them off to five corners of Europe; to the big financial centres. And they went off like arrows. That’s where the money came from to build Waddesdon.
‘They actually sliced the top of a hill off to build the chateau. I don’t think that would be allowed these days.’