Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) bought the Waddesdon Estate - originally nothing but farmland - in 1874. He wanted a country retreat built in the style of a Loire châteaux and soon engaged the French architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. The foundation stone was laid in 1877. The completion of the Bachelors' Wing in 1880 and the main part of the house in 1883 were celebrated with house parties of twenty guests.
Waddesdon was created as a place to entertain guests at Ferdinand's famous 'Saturday to Monday' house parties. They enjoyed all the modern comforts of running water, central heating and electricity. Ferdinand's guests included figures from the social circle around the Prince of Wales, politics, and culture.
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