HADDON HALL, Bakewell, DE45 1LA
For three centuries, Haddon Hall was repaired where necessary, but basically remained unchanged; its grey medieval towers with their blanket of ivy floating magically over the River Wye. John Manners, the ninth Duke of Rutland, while still the Marquis of Granby, came back to Haddon from the favoured family seat at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire at the beginning of the 20th century, and began its painstaking restoration. The Duke (he succeeded his father in 1925) insisted on two things - that as much as possible should be preserved in the house, and that, where it was necessary to replace, the highest standards of craftsmanship were to be used. Work began in 1920, and by his death in 1940 he had seen beauty awaken at Haddon once again. Haddon Hall was originally owned by the Vernon family from 1170 until 1567 and passed to the Manners family by marriage. Over all those years the house was extended gradually; the Peveril Tower in the 12th century, the cross-wing in the 14th, battlements in the 15th, a gatehouse and courtyard in the 16th and the Long Gallery early in the 17th century. The chapel dedicated to St Nicholas was completed in 1427. For generations, layers of whitewash concealed and protected their pre-Reformation wall paintings, which are now revealed and feature, among other subjects, St Christopher carrying Christ across the river on his shoulders. Today Haddon Hall reflects a sense of history that can only come from remaining in the same family for over 800 years. Owing to its remarkably untouched state of preservation, Haddon is much in demand as a film and TV set. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of Jane Eyre and other screen credits include The Princess Bride, Elizabeth, Pride & Prejudice and The Other Boleyn Girl.
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£14.50 (ch £8, concessions £14). Family (2ad+3ch) £39. Car park £3
Open Apr, Sat-Mon plus daily 8-24 Apr
May-Sep daily (closed 20-21 May)
Oct, Sat-Mon plus daily 23-27 Oct 12-5 (last admission 4)
1-17 Dec 10.30-4 (last admission 3)
Average visit 2hrs
Dogs not allowed in hall, grounds, gardens & restaurant
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
Steps & uneven floors, not accessible for wheelchairs due to distance from car park
1.5m S of Bakewell off A6