Check out these incredible gingerbread versions of Britain's stately homes

Gingerbread is a festive foodstuff that's been used to build traditional houses for more than 200 years, but these incredible works of art go beyond the usual.

With Christmas well on its way, the stunning Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire has been realised in the form of sweet treats, with rooms in the 240-year-old mansion being replicated out of biscuit and icing.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon's dining room shows off the style and history of the stately home.

Waddesdon Manor

The extraordinary baking company the Biscuiteers have crafted something like a doll's house of Waddesdon entirely from gingerbread.

Over 2m size, they recreated the rich details of some of Waddesdon's most beautiful rooms, including its paintings, furniture and ceramics, modelled in icing.

The exquisite design of a Waddesdon bedroom in all of its glory, and below, rendered in gingerbread

Taking over 500 hours, 240 eggs and 216kg of icing, visitors will be able to learn more about the design and making processes of this extraordinary creation on a video.

Waddesdon Manor

There is even a biscuit-baubled tree in the house, which is on show to the public in the Coach House gallery at the Stables until January 2.

Waddesdon Manor
The relaxing Waddesdon games room featuring leather sofa and billiards table, and below in gingerbread

Waddesdon Manor, now a National Trust property, was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1870s to display his collections and entertain the fashionable world.

But for those up North, a North Yorkshire has also been given the gingerbread treatment.

The 2.5m by 3.5m model of Castle Howard took three bakers more than two weeks to make, using ingredients including 40kg of flour, 15kg of sugar and 18kg of butter according to the BBC.

Castle Howard

The gingerbread mansion was baked in London by Bompas and Parr - specialist in edible decorations shaped like buildings and other architectural structures - before it was transported and constructed at Castle Howard.

Castle Howard
The building and monuments of Castle Howard are seen in the festive as inspired by the original designs of architect Sir John Vanbrugh, constructed on a vast scale.

Castle Howard

The model, on display until December 23, depicts the house with dome and gardens plus a range of other architectural features including the Temple of the Four Winds, Mausoleum and 7th Earl's Monument.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard, the setting for the 1981 TV series Brideshead Revisited, sits in a 10,000-acre estate in the Howardian Hills.

An honorary mention also goes to a creation from across the pond.

In honour of the Obamas' last Christmas in Washington, the annual White House Gingerbread House has been unveiled as part of the2016 White House holiday decorations, reports Curbed.

They report that it took around 68kg of gingerbread on the inside, 46kg of bread dough on the exterior, 91kg of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing and 9kg of sculpted sugar pieces.

The array of decorations at the President's official residents is themed this year to 'The Gift of the Holidays', reflecting the joy of giving and receiving.

Highlights include 56 Lego gingerbread houses fixed in the trees in the State Dining Room - one for each state and territory - alongside the amazing gingerbread creation.

It's unclear whether or not President-elect Trump will be keen on a gingerbread version of Trump Tower for Christmas 2017 in the White House.

British stately homes you can stay in
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British stately homes you can stay in
An estate that has been home to powerful figures going back almost 900 years, Somerleyton Hall was opened for stays for the first time in 2015. Two floors were completely refurbished to make 12 bedrooms, all with stunning views of the surrounding parkland. Guests have exclusive use of the main house including the historic library with its extensive collection of books and artefacts from past generations, and the multiple drawing rooms where afternoon tea or a glass of wine can be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire. The three dining rooms, including the ballroom, can be used for banquet dinners. Exclusive use for two nights costs from £15,000, including dinners and breakfasts.
Once home to Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, and a training ground for British and American forces during the Second World War, Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire is steeped in history. The breathtaking Grade I listed 17th century stately home is set in 90 acres of gardens adorned with historic statues and lush parkland. Stay overnight at Hartwell House from £230 per room (two sharing), including breakfast and use of the spa with Pride of Britain Hotels.
Once the home of Henry VIII’s last and luckiest wife Katherine Parr, this medieval stronghold is steeped in history. Stay in one of 11 self-catering properties dotted around the grounds, from a converted paper mill with exposed stone and original beams to a former engine room. Sudeley Castle Country Cottages are located on the edge of the estate. The small complex of Cotswold stone cottages is set around a central courtyard with landscaped gardens. The cottages are available from £350 a week.

Ever since George III set the tradition of allowing loyal servants to live at Hampton Court by grace and favour, the palace has been a thriving community. You too can discover the secret life of the palace once the daily visitors have gone home by staying in The Georgian House. This imposing building just north of the palace was originally a kitchen built in 1719 for George, Prince of Wales. Later it became two houses, for the Clerk of Works and the Gardener. You can stay in the eastern house, with a private walled garden, handsome rooms and a fine view over the palace roofs. The Georgian House sleeps eight people and is available from £831 for four nights.

A listed historic monument with grounds designed by Capability Brown, Warwick Castle remained under the stewardship of the Earls of Warwick and later the Greville Family as a private home until 1978. The stately home offers stays in two Tower Suites: The Rose Suite and The Peacock Suite. Through mullioned windows they offer views of the Castle Courtyard, the town of Warwick and the surrounding countryside towards Stratford upon Avon. The suites feature an opulent, draped four-poster bedroom and bespoke wooden furniture. Stays cost from £500 per night, including champagne, breakfast and entrance to Warwick Castle.

The ancestral home of Sir Hugh Blackett, the 12th Baronet, and Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall seamlessly blends a wealth of history with the ease of contemporary living. Relax in style in one of the 53 elegant bedrooms, individually decorated in traditional and modern styles. The golf estate is located in the heart of the splendid grounds surrounding the Hall, and includes a 27-hole course, par 3 course and driving range. Double or twin rooms cost from £175 per night.

The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle features the stylish and sophisticated Astor Wing, with its 19 bedrooms available for castle breaks. The rooms provide luxury and comfort while retaining the classic and historic influences of their surroundings. The Astor Wing is only accessible to private guests, allowing you the opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet, unique atmosphere and exceptional setting. A stay in a double room costs from £175 per night.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's summer residence was designed by Prince Albert himself to resemble an Italian Renaissance palazzo. Osborne House was opened to the public in 1904 and today you can stay at the seaside palace at No 1 and 2 Sovereign's Gate. The two holiday cottages are within Sovereign's Gate which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as the formal entrance to Osborne. Today it remains the entrance by which members of the royal family enter the Estate. Stays cost from £681 per week.

Dundas Castle was built in 1818 by renowned Scottish architect William Burn and is the ancestral home of Sir Jack and Lady Lydia Stewart-Clark who reside in their own wing within the castle walls. The stately home features original paintings, fine linens and precious family heirlooms on show, with guests invited to share in the opulence of the castle by staying in one of the 17 bedrooms. The medieval Stag Chamber for a Scottish banquet and the Georgian Croquet Room for an opulent dinner offer unforgettable dining experiences at the castle. Prices for accommodation are available upon request.

Quintessential English stately home Hedsor House has an illustrious past and was famously home of the Dowager Princess of Wales, mother of George III, regularly welcoming kings, queens and royal children from nearby Windsor Castle. Today you can enjoy exclusive hire of the property for up to 22 people for £5,450. The luxurious bedrooms are nestled on the first and second floors, providing a beautiful blend of period style and modern facilities. In the morning, guests can relax with breakfast in the oak-panelled Library before embarking on a day of fun and country pursuits.

Famed for the setting of TV series Downton Abbey, historic Highclere Castle is set amidst 1,000 acres of picturesque parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived in the Victorian castle since 1679. The first Earl of Carnarvon built the formalised entry to Highclere Park, London Lodge, in 1793, which is now available to book for those looking to stay at Downton Abbey itself. London Lodge is situated to the north of the estate, with paths and tracks taking guests back through the parkland towards Dunsmere Lake, The Temple of Diana and expansive views of the Castle. Stays at the lodge cost from £350 per night.


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