Ahead of you, up the track, lies Haddon Hall. The house is considered one of the best preserved examples of a Tudor hall. It has appeared in the films ‘The Princess Bride’ and the 2005 adaption of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ along with other productions.
The hall has long been popular, featuring in a series of engravings and prints from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The origins of the hall date to the eleventh century where it was occupied by William Peverel, possibly an illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, before passing to the ownership of the Avenells during the reign of Richard I. It was then occupied by the Vernon family in the 1200s where it remained until a scandal around the youngest daughter of Sir George Vernon who eloped with Sir John Manners (the second son of the first Earl of Rutland). Dorothy Vernon and John Manners then began the Manners family at Haddon Hall.
The house itself, whilst still retaining some of the original work, the current Tudor and medieval hall is a mixture of additions made at various points between the thirteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Ongoing restoration work made possible by the income from visitors means that Haddon Hall has been able to stay in the best condition with repairs done to stonework and the fifteenth century windows in the Chapel, with further work on the windows in the Long Gallery.
The garden is small but has the framework of a typical seventeenth century garden, of which there are very few examples of still in England today and just adds to the appealing preservation of the past that is so clear in Haddon Hall. Whilst the garden isn’t as big as that of Chatsworth, it is still a lovely area to explore, especially in prime season when the roses are in bloom.
The Hall has stood the test of time and will hopefully remain in it’s astonishing condition for years to come. The Hall is a great place to visit for an afternoon with refreshments available on site.
Find out more about the conservation of Haddon Hall here: http://www.haddonhall.co.uk/history-and-virtual-tour/conservation-and-restoration/
Information detailing accessibility to the Hall and gardens: http://www.haddonhall.co.uk/visitor-information/accessibility/