Board the immaculate Art Deco train at London Victoria Station. Your steward will escort you to your table set with pristine white linen and bespoke china. Settle into your plush seat and absorb the stunning details of your vintage surroundings. A delicious brunch with a Bellini is served as you admire the polished marquetry, brass luggage racks and lavish textiles. Each carriage is unique and has a fascinating story to tell. On arrival at Oxford you are met by your guide who accompanies you on the 45 minute transfer to Waddesdon. Here you can enjoy a tour of Waddesdon Manor wine cellars and learn about the Rothschild’s wine making heritage, as well as explore the house and grounds. After a fascinating visit, you re-join the train where a glass of chilled champagne is served as soon as you settle into your seat and reflect on the splendour of the château. A delectable three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine follows as the train wends its way back to London.
Waddesdon Manor is a Renaissance-style chateau built in 1874 and the creation of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Housing some of the finest examples of French 18th century decorative arts, the manor’s furniture and porcelain collection rival New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Paris’ Louvre in terms of importance.
The manor is further enhanced by a fine collection of paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds and the Dutch masters. Delightful gardens perfect the French experience.