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The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway is one branch of the Great Western Railway. Passing through lovely countryside and meadows, a train ride on this railway is absolutely delightful. Since the trains have steam engines they run only on select holidays and weekends in the year. Thus, you need to regularly check the website in order to plan a ride. The line measures 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in length, and runs from Cholsey station to Wallingford station.
Wotton House is a magnificent English Baroque house, built in the early 1700s. The structure's architectural features, including the main facade, bear a striking resemblance to the famous Buckingham Palace. The house has been home to many prominent politicians and their families in the past, including Richard Grenville, the brother of the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, George Grenville, who was in office from 1763 to 1765. The house currently belongs to Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Waddesdon Manor is a truly palatial house that was built around 1874. The splendid design and amazing architecture is based on the lines of royal French chateaus. Adjoining gardens with lush green lawns, fountains and pathways perfectly complement the beautiful house. It belonged to the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his family; nearly four generations stayed here and James de Rothschild (last member) handed over the manor to the National Trust. Apart from the in-house collection, it also hosts temporary exhibits, thereby patronizing contemporary art. Waddesdon Manor is also rented out for weddings, film shoots and corporate events. For visiting hours, admission rates and other information, check website.
The wine cellar at Waddesdon was created in 1994 to showcase the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world. There are more than 15,000 bottles stored in the cellar, some being 150 years old or even more. In addition, there are also wine labels on display designed by artists like Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and even Prince Charles. Visitors can take a 20 minute guided tour in the wine cellars and discover the history of the Rothschilds and their wines. The wine cellars can be visited as part of the Waddesdon Manor tour.
An early 20th-century abode in the country of the founder of Morris Motor Company, Lord Nuffield and his family, the Nuffield Place is located near Henley-on-Thames. Adorning the mansion are personal belongings of the Lord and his wife, giving you a peek into their humble lives. The well-preserved house has original furnishings and furniture, along with a spectacularly landscaped garden. After browsing through the house, take a stroll in the meadows and gardens surrounding it or stop by the café for lunch or light snacks. One thing to remember before visiting this place is that the operating hours may vary every season.