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Destailleur Waddesdon Mug£11.95 More info & buy Inspired by the châteaux of the Valois, Baron Ferdinand employed Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur to build him his own French-style country house, with towers and external staircases such as he had seen while in Touraine. Waddesdon Manor was opened in 1884. Destailleur submitted elaborate plans to Baron Ferdinand for a vast mansion, nearly twice the length of the house as built, with a ballroom and a winter garden. Ferdinand wanted the scale reduced and a new design was approved, although the architect warned him that ‘one always builds too small;’ a mistake Ferdinand later rued.