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6th Dec 2016

Waddesdon Manor: A Field of Light and a spruced up ’Bothy’

We are privileged to be able to work on some amazing pieces of our national heritage and Waddesdon Estate is no exception. At this time of year it looks more breathtaking than ever. 

A December visit at dusk, to soak up the stunningly lit house and grounds, has to be the best way to stir the seasonal spirit.  Start with a glass of mulled wine at The Stables, tucked under glowing outdoor heaters, on a cosy sheepskin draped seat.  From there follow the fairytale pathway to the majestically lit Manor and grounds.

Eminent lighting artist Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ once again takes on a new form, to celebrate 25 years since its conception. Munro has ‘planted’ 9,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres to populate the Aviary Glade. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, ‘bloom’ as darkness falls, taking visitors on a sensory journey through the gardens.

The whole experience encapsulates the magic of Christmas and with lots of special events for added interest it is really worth a visit.

The Waddesdon ‘Bothy’, found on the mile long driveway up to the manor, was recently in need of some restorative care and attention. The weather had taken it toll and, as with even the sturdiest of hardwoods, over the years rot had set in.  BarrJoinery’s replacement doors and windows were to breathe new life into this characterful estate outbuilding.

Matched boarded single and double doors, exhibit tongue and groove v joint panels.  Each is finished with traditional antiqued black T bar hinges.  Fixed casement windows, with an external frame moulding, are not flush to the brickwork - but slightly inset, made and fitted to exactly match the originals.   

‘The Bothy’ is looking suitably spruced and ready for the festivities ahead.  BarrJoinery would like to thank Waddesdon Manor for the privilege of their custom and look forward to the further works on the estate in 2017.

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