The Gingerbread House

The big house in my village is Waddesdon Manor, a magnificent  French chateau nestled in the fields of Buckinghamshire, built for Baron Ferdinand de Rotschild in the 1890s. The Manor and its contents were gifted to the National Trust in 1957 by James de Rothschild. Every year they decorate parts of the house for Christmas and host art installations. This year, alongside Bruce Munro’s Fields of Light, they also have a gingerbread house unlike any other. I am not at all convinced that this is the best or most appropriate use for foodstuff when so many are hungry in the world, but the craftsmanship is undeniable.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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27 Responses to The Gingerbread House

  1. Totally fabulous. The eye to detail, patience and dedication is overwhelming.

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  2. Susan Scott says:

    Extraordinary! A work of art!

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  3. bobcabkings says:

    At least it doesn’t have a witch who bakes children as in Hansel and Gretel. Quite an undertaking.

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  4. The stuff they sell here for building gingerbread houses is really a building material, not food. Even the dogs won’t touch it and they will eat anything that doesn’t eat them first.

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  5. Really great stuff. Thx for sharing!

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  6. Wow that is amazing. Thanks for sharing.


  7. I do agree with you, Sue re: “I am not at all convinced that this is the best or most appropriate use for foodstuff when so many are hungry in the world” (the eggs alone would be most welcome as breakfast or dinner, I’m sure) — but at least it helps some baking craftspeople keep food on their family tables. They are truly artists.

    NOW, if Waddesdon Manor would charge admission to see it and donate a good chunk of the revenue to an organization that feeds the hungry – or (even better) to stock a soup kitchen run primarily by volunteers – EVERYONE could feel great about this amazing project.
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  9. I can certainly attest to the amount of work that goes into making a gingerbread house. I make most of mine as raffles for a charity I support. I may give the tiny furniture idea a go in 2017!


  10. Good Lord – time for lunch. It’s wonderful!


  11. wendypawsey says:

    Wow I live just down the road and didn’t realise they did this at Christmas!!


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