Inside The World's Most Extravagant Gingerbread House

by Stephanie Maida · November 23, 2016

And you thought your Barbie Dream House was cool? Prepare to be amazed (and get a little hungry). Enter the gingerbread replica of the iconic Waddesdon Manor in England, a sprawling estate you may recognize from TV shows like Downton Abbey and The Queen. Over a year ago, the United Kingdom National Trust got ready for the 2016 holiday season by commissioning a completely edible miniature of the house. Luxury London baking company, Biscuiteers, were the folks for the job. 

The six-foot-long gingerbread masterpiece took over 500 hours to create, not to mention A LOT of food. As in, 240 eggs, 66 pounds of butter and sugar, and 480 pounds of icing. This thing could feed a distinguished family and their team of servants for a year.

But this is hardly just a cookie-cutter exterior. What's even more impressive are the incredibly detailed rooms, from a fully set dining table to luxurious bedrooms and a study. There are even tiny paintings on the wall! 

If you happen to be in town this month, the extravagant gingerbread house will be on display at Waddesdon Manor until January 2nd. But until then, no biting!

[Photos courtesy Waddesdon Manor]