National Trust stately home gearing up to its new season

Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, opens for the season on Wednesday, March 30.

Four generations of the Rothschild family have put their mark on Waddesdon, which was bequeathed to the National Trust by James de Rothschild in 1957. The 45 rooms on view hold one of the most exceptional collections of French 18th century decorative arts and English portraits in the world.

These include French royal furniture, porcelain and Savonnerie carpets, and portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney.

You can book on a guided tour of the ground floor of the house on Fridays, April 1, 8 and 15.

Special events in April include a French Market on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, from 10am, with a variety of goods on sale.

Mothering Sunday lunch and afternoon tea can be booked in the Manor Restaurant on Sunday, April 3, along with Mothering Sunday lunch and supper in The Five Arrows restaurant.