Top places to live in Buckinghamshire Waddesdon
Home to the jewel in the National Trust's crown, Waddesdon Manor, the gastro scene, excellent nearby schools and decent house prices make this village a local gem. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Six miles from Aylesbury, Waddesdon offers a classic village vibe – think strong community spirit, Grade II listed church, Cricket Pavilion – as well as a chic gastropub, great nearby schools and lively calendar of local events thanks to the impressive Rothschild Waddesdon Manor perched at the edge of the village.
Standing at the gates of the manor with a distinctive red brick exterior, The Five Arrows hotel holds 2 AA Rosettes and is ideal for a refined lunch, or opposite the manor is newly refurbished The Long Dog with a new head chef at the helm (previously at The Pointer in Brill). The Stables Café on the manor estate is a bucolic option for lunch (plus dogs are welcome), or in the village centre there’s small cafe 94 Coffee Shop with a indulgent selection of fresh bakes and cakes.
There aren’t many shops in the village but it has most bases covered for day to day needs – a Post Office, good vets, tyre garage. There’s a gift shop on the Manor grounds that stocks a selection of homewares, books and a renowned range of Rothschild wines, so it’s good for pressies, but if you’re after a proper day out pounding the shops, outdoor designer shopping outlet Bicester Village is a 20-minute drive away. Hello Burberry, Chloé, The White Company, Clarins…
Waddesdon Manor is the headliner (no surprises there), recently used as the backdrop for Amazon Prime blockbuster Cinderella. The French Renaissance-style château has acres of stunning gardens, an Aviary, sculptures (check out the new Elephant Family), massive adventure playground, and a thriving events calendar including al fresco cinema, food festivals and a Christmas market to boot. Lesser-known estate Claydon House is just a 20-minute drive – the South Lawn is under NT ownership and you can visit on Fri & Sat – or if you have the kids in tow check out nearby Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Bucks Museum, Green Dragon Eco Farm, and Tring Natural History Museum.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£358,148. Most house sales in Waddesdon are semi-detached properties selling for an average of £387,364, whilst terraced go for an average of £337,028, and detached houses going for around £440,000.
There’s a primary school in the village (rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) as well as one of the best non-selective schools in the county, Waddesdon School (11-18 years), rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Independent options nearby include quality co-ed prep school Ashfold, housed in a stunning Jacobean manor; Swanbourne House, a co-ed boarding school with bucolic surrounds, and top performing arts school Tring Park School.
BEST KEPT SECRET
The new electric bike scheme in the area – whizz along the pretty Greenway from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station to Waddesdon Manor where there are special docking stations. It’s £1.50 for the first hour and £1.00 for each additional 30 minutes.
The closest train station is Aylesbury (13 minute drive) where the fastest train to London Marylebone is 53 minutes. To drive would take you around 1 hour 33 minutes.
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