Having visited Polesden Lacey earlier this week it was a fascinating to see the similarities and contrasts at our location today, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.
Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1877, it was intended to be a holiday home where he could escape London and entertain family and friends. In this respect it mirrors Polesden Lacey perfectly, although the architectural style is somewhat different. Rothschild wanted his own French chateau in the English countryside, much like those found in the Loire, and his architect, Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur, certainly achieved that. I found no end of beautiful details to photograph and was particularly fascinated by the many faces I found dotted around the building. Each one had its own unique expression and one even looked as though it was about to sneeze!
Inside the house, things got ever more ornate, with carving and gold leaf everywhere, making Polesden Lacey look positively restrained! I took some photos, but the extravagance of the décor was just too much for my tastes at times. Instead, I found myself being drawn to the less decadent features – wooden carvings, interesting furniture and the like.
23 August 2018