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The Five Arrows at Waddesdon Manor

Muddy says: This Grade II-listed hotel and function room, standing at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, is a refined, tranquil spot for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

A little tip for you if you’re planning a day out at Waddesdon Manor – you can escape the crowds and refuel in some style at The Five Arrows hotel, tucked away by the gates to the estate. The afternoon tea is exquisite – with pastries almost too beautiful to eat (almost, ahem), while the lunch and dinner menus of the two-rosette restaurant specialise in modern European classics using fresh, local ingredients. You can eat on the pretty terrace on warm days and take in the views over the formal gardens.

The distinctive red-brick, beamed building dates from 1887, part of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s Waddesdon Estate, it was originally used to accommodate the architects, craftsmen and artisans working on the Manor itself.  There are 16 en-suite rooms, some with four-poster beds  – worth knowing should you over-indulge in the extensive wine list, which features Rothschild wines from around the world. What’s more it’s available for weddings, parties and private dining.

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