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

They're too good to eat


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

British stately homes you can stay in