A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the idyllic Waddesdon Estate. Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. The last member of the Rothschild family to own Waddesdon was James de Rothschild. He bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust in 1957.