Haddon Hall is a well-preserved 12th century medieval manor house we had the great luck to tour. It also had the added benefit of a pretty chapel.
Haddon Hall has shown up in loads of British films including Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightly), several versions of Jane Eyre and The Princess Bride. I will have to watch these movies again and keep an eye out for bits and pieces of this estate.
The Long Gallery
Ever wonder how you could possibly make this room livable? See the pic below.
This photo was on display to show how a previous family turned it into a very comfortable room.
Again, I'm thinking of a dark and stormy night, crackling fire, lamps lit for reading, tea and toast.
The gardens were more inviting than I expected. Look at that well-designed herb garden next to the mottled walls. Those straight lines are so appealing along with the bright and pale greens.
The upper gardens
The lower gardens
The pretty chapel is attached to the property. Also very well-preserved.
Don't you think the purple lilacs are just the right touch?
This is the marble sculpture of Lord Haddon, the young son of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, who died too young. His mother, the Duchess, designed and sculpted the effigy. Sweet and heartbreaking.
Most of the wall paintings were done during the Reformation period (16th century). I'm assuming that is Henry VIII standing there in the middle between the windows looking ready for a fight.
A pretty pattern that reminds me of Istanbul.
The leaves and flowers bring a light feeling to the chapel.
This is perfection.