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“Simply stunning & fantastic”
Review of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Haddon Hall stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Wye. One of the finest examples of a Medieval and Tudor manor house, open to visitors, with wonderful gardens.Visit Haddon Hall and truly step back in time. Visit our website for full details of opening times, prices, and our full list of special events.We also have a Restaurant selling fresh, local produce and a Gift Shop which carries a good range of locally sourced giftware.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Simply stunning & fantastic”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Haddon Hall is the perfect day out. This was my 6th visit (I keep going back!) and this time there was 9 of us. Our friend is getting married and she didn't want a typical hen party but something more refined so we booked here for afternoon tea. We went around the beautiful house & grounds first (a must for movie fans! They have filmed 2 Jane Eyre projects here, Pride & Prejudice, The Other Boleyn girl....to name just a few!). All the staff seemed to know a party of us were there and every single one of them asked who the bride was and made a fuss. It was so lovely!
As soon as it was time we went off to the restaurant. They had put some tables together and it was all decorated and ready for us, with reserved signs on. We paid £15 each but we got so much stuff it was unbelievable! There was sandwiches, scones, cakes, unlimited tea and more. They really, really did a fantastic job and it made the bride-to-be's day. I cannot thank the wonderful staff at Haddon Hall enough. Everything was fresh baked and delicious...there was so much we couldn't eat it and then even provided us with tubs to take the massive chunks of cake home!
Haddon Hall is such a gorgeous place in beautiful grounds and from the lovely man in the car park to the people in the gift shop at the end, the staff are wonderful, lovely people.
I would recommend Haddon Hall in a heartbeat and will undoubtedly be back for one of their fab special Christmas events.
p.s. Still only £10 to get in - worth every single penny.

Visited June 2013
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Amazing historic house!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stumbled across this historic house by chance. Whilst out for a drive on a very sunny Sunday, we spotted some signs for Haddon Hall. Initially, we thought £10 per person entrance was a little bit expensive, but we certainly didnt feel that way when we left 2.5hrs later. We were really impressed with the peacefulness of the grounds, and the stunning tudor house. We enjoyed a picnic on the grass, and then wandered around the amazing grounds, gardens and inside the hall. All of the staff we met were really friendly from the carpark chap, tea room chap and house chap. We had a really lovely afternoon, and would recommended for a visit. There are a lot of steps and uneven surfaces, so maybe not suitable for those who find it difficult to walk on that type of surface. Dogs are also not permitted, but that was no issue for us, as we don't have one.

Visited June 2013
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Durham, England
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“hidden surprise”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

So lovely. A treat. Very interesting, restaurant very good, house very interesting and able to wander at will which is a luxury. Grounds and setting absolutely beautiful, gentile, restful

Visited June 2013
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“Historical magical place.”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Had a great afternoon here. The hall itself is very interesting. The guides were helpful and friendly. The chapel was my favourite place with its decorated walls. The gardens are beautiful especially on a sunny day. Very peaceful. Ate at the restaurant witch I can recommend.

Visited June 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Haddon Hall late evening visit”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Haddon Hall built from the 12th Century onward is a gem of a place to visit, although didn't get my top marks because of accessability for the disabled and those of us of advancing years. Built on terraces, there is simply nothing that can be done to allow for easy access for those groups.

If you can manage to negotiate the slopes it is very worth the effort, with magnificent gardens which are well tended and have the plants that would have grown in and around the gardens from Tudor times onward. This enhances the feel of olde England and how the land owners of the period were able to live and develop their homes.

A feature of the Hall for me was the worn steps, which have been worn down and nearly away in places by the countless feet of masters and servants. I am also a lover of antique wood, and there is plenty of it at Haddon Hall. Tables, chairs, benches etc are all up to 900 years old. Wood worm is an enemy of any furniture and at the Hall it is no exception, there is a notice asking you not to touch the wooden items as they have a woodworm watch on and constantly need to be on alert to the menace.

The large gallery rooms are stunning again with wood panelling and ancient stained glass windows, where Ladies of Tudor times used to walk up and down (as TV hadn't been invented yet) :-)

A small chapel is situated in the courtyard and has the beautifully carved marble memorial to one of the Duke of Rutland's children who died at the age of nine. A fairly modern edition to the chapel, which was part of the original Hall and used by the parishoners of the time before a later addition. Bats were living in the roof space of the chapel and a recent count numbered them at around 300, mainly pipistrel but there was one long eared bat in the 300.

Moving around the courtyard you may find the Wall of Saint John, which is the earliest part of the hall but only a small part of it is now visable as most of it is now incorporated into the later buildings on the site, stunning to think this piece of wall was nearing 1000 years old.

In the entrance door a nesting swallow has made its home and was eagerly feeding it newly arrived chicks on our visit. A CCTV monitor was positioned over another part of the Hall entrances but appeared not to be in use at the time.

The site restaurant, a fairly recent addition is up some very steep steps but once there, the food was of good quality and ample portions and pricewise was comparable with other establishments and I considered it good value for money.

A great place to visit if you love the history and heritage of Derbyshire and England but please remember it is not suitable for those who find steps and hills a problem.

Visited June 2013
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