Luxury confectionery crafters Biscuiteers have re-created the glory of French Renaissance-style chateau Waddesdon Manor in gingerbread.

Specialising in hand-iced biscuits, chocolates and cakes, master bakers at Biscuiteers have constructed a doll’s house model of Waddesdon Manor constructed entirely from gingerbread.

Over two metres in size, they have created the rich details of Waddesdon’s magnificent rooms, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and textiles, in edible glory. The entire project took 500 hours, 240 eggs and 216 kg of icing.

And the best bit, according to our sources? It ‘smells good enough to eat’.

The gingerbread creation will be on display at Waddesdon Manor until the 2nd January 2017.

We admire their restraint. If this were on display in the Country Life offices, it wouldn’t last 10 minutes before somebody cracked and dipped a chunk of roof or a mininature piece of icing-covered furniture in their morning tea.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a chance to enter a competition to win a Biscuiteers Christmas hamper.

The biscuit theme continues throughout Waddesdon. There will also be a biscuit-baubled tree in the main house, and hand-iced Biscuiteer bauble biscuits in the gift shop.  For more information visit waddesdon.org.uk

Discover more about the design and the build of this extraordinary creation

Competition

Country Life readers have the chance to win a jam-packed Biscuiteers Christmas hamper (below). Simply quote ‘CL1’ in the subject line of an email to competition@waddesdon.org.uk, with the answer to the following question: Which Rothschild built Waddesdon Manor?

The closing date for entries is November 30.

Biscuiteers Christmas hamper