Peaceful places at Waddesdon
Listen to the birdsong in the Aviary Glade, picnic in dappled sunshine on Barons Walk and breathe in the sweet aroma of the Rose Garden.
There are endless secluded spots hidden around Waddesdon’s grounds. Take some time to unwind and explore a garden steeped in history.
The gardens at Waddesdon are the vision of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, who created the Manor at the end of the 19th century. In contrast to his lavish and extravagant parties where he entertained the fashionable world, he found calm in the sanctuary of the gardens.
Hidden alongside the Parterre this path was used to transport plants from the huge glasshouses that once stood at the edge of the estate. Winding through luscious woodland, it was one of Baron Ferdinand’s favourite escapes. Midway along the path there is a clearing, flooded with meadow flowers. Take a seat and enjoy the breathtaking view across the Vale of Aylesbury, watch Red Kites soar overhead and immerse yourself in the quiet of nature.
Red Lion Steps
Sit at the foot of two red lions who stand proud to the side of the Parterre. Set away from the main footpath it’s the perfect place to admire the striking 18th century sculpture set against the spectacular floral backdrop of the formal bedding. Listen to the gentle patter of the water from the Parterre fountain and drink in the fresh air.
Half Moon Path
Switch off and disconnect from the hustle and bustle in Waddesdon’s designated Silent Space. Unplug yourself from technology and soak up your surroundings. Encircled by beautiful, statuesque trees you can enjoy the garden as Ferdinand intended. Beautiful throughout the seasons, from bright blossoms in the spring to rich russets in the autumn, each species was chosen by the Baron himself to create colour and contrast in the landscape.
Tucked away, Tay Bridge stands above an old single-track tramway once used to transport construction materials from Westcott up the hill to the Manor. Spot bamboo and palms as you wander over the bridge, or take a seat at a bench to enjoy views of Buckinghamshire. In the nearby Winter Garden, discover Tibetan cherry trees and mondo grass that create an unusual display of black and bronze, while white-stemmed bramble and hellebores add shades of reds and purples.
Allow yourself a moment of reflection on your visit to Waddesdon and find solace in the gardens, just as Ferdinand did. Whether you crave wide open spaces, sweeping vistas or shady hideaways, carve out some quiet time and reconnect with nature.