No ordinary place

Golden Mede is an exceptional housing development in Waddesdon with architectural excellence and sustainability at it's heart. The development has been devised and managed by the Rothschild Foundation in collaboration with architects C.F Møller.

Waddesdon is a rural village at its heart, located just over an hour from London by either train or road. The focal point of the village is Waddesdon Manor, an historic, National Trust property managed by the Rothschild Foundation as a cornerstone of its philanthropic ambitions. Waddesdon Estate and its beautiful landscape surrounds the Manor, inspiring the spirit of the local community and the Golden Mede design.

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild laid the first stone to create Waddesdon Manor in 1874, and by doing so, set the blueprint for the future of Waddesdon.

The house and its gardens were only part of his vision – he also reshaped the village, transformed the landscape and estate and provided local amenities such as mains water, a doctor’s surgery and the village hall. It was a far sighted project with an emphasis on excellent design, materials and living standards, and a focus on creating a strong community. Golden Mede continues this tradition, offering the opportunity to live in a beautiful, historic place whilst enjoying the very best of Scandinavian architecture, design and sustainability.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, a French Renaissance-style château, was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1870s to house his art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world. His collection of English and Dutch paintings and French decorative arts was amongst the finest in the world and has been added to through the collections of subsequent generations, including contemporary works by Lucian Freud and David Hockney.

Each year the collection is complemented by changing exhibitions, accompanied by curator-led tours and talks. Visit for the latest information on exhibitions, as well as special events such as the Christmas market, ‘Chilli Fest’, Luna Cinema screenings, music concerts, school holiday events and more.

The gardens can be enjoyed all year round, with spectacular seasonal displays and sweeping landscapes. Catch the full impact of the daffodils in spring, summer bedding in June and rich autumn colours, as well as some of England’s finest formal Victorian bedding, planted in intricate designs. Or enjoy the network of public rights of way that cross the estate, for walking, cycling or horse riding. There are tennis, bowls and cricket clubs in the village and allotments are also available to rent within close proximity of the Golden Mede development.

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Rolf Nielsen

Through an international design competition, renowned architect C.F. Møller were selected, bringing the best of Scandinavian design and modern architecture together with homes that leave minimal environmental impact.

Every home at Golden Mede puts light, space and openness at the forefront. Many homes benefit from floor to ceiling windows, in proportions rarely seen in new homes. Rooms often have windows to two or even three sides. Spaces are designed to be open plan and offer vistas from one side of the home to another.

The homes here weren't taken from a standard design book, replicated across the country regardless of location because that's the cheapest way to do it. Instead, they are genuinely architecturally designed 'one-offs' never seen before.

They are distinctive, characterful, modern, sustainable and unique. We hope you will choose one of them to be your new home.

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