We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Haddon Hall Tudor Christmas -so disappointing”
Review of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Haddon Hall has always been a favourite place to visit. Last year's Tudor Christmas was so perfect, entrancing and enjoyable that I made the trip from Manchester to visit again. What a disappointment! Everything felt soulless and lifeless. It felt as though the decorations had been left half-finished, the kitchens were dead and drear and turned into a shop -and not a very exciting one at that. Gone was the winter wonderland of last year in the Long Gallery, replaced by a somewhat horrific Victorian-looking peacock- themed, half-empty room. Some of the Christmas trees weren't lit and some of the rooms were closed. By contrast, the Great Hall was over-filled leaving little space for visitors to witness the Tudor revels. Whilst it was a nice idea to open the boot room to take refreshments into, the marquee had been replaced by an appalling looking burger-type van, open to the elements and queuing on a blustery freezing day. I think we stayed for about 20 minutes in total. So disappointing after I've been telling friends and family all year that it's much more authentic and less brash than its bigger neighbour, Chatsworth.

6  Thank Marnu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HaddonHallManagement, General Manager at Haddon Hall, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Haddon Hall.

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed during your visit to Haddon Hall. The theme for Christmas changes yearly to add a bit of variety. This year, to mark the family spending Christmas at the hall, we would decorate with the theme of 'Family'. The Long Gallery is set for a Christmas Meal, with a long table, dressed ready to receive visitors and set within a peacock themed room (The Peacock is the crest of the Manners Family) whilst the rest of the house has been made to feel cosy and inviting, still using our traditional way of decorating using estate greenery.

Many visitors have enjoyed their experience, we apologise that this year has not met your expectations. We appreciate all feedback and will take this on board in the future.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,546)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"long gallery"
in 108 reviews
"jane eyre"
in 45 reviews
"medieval house"
in 31 reviews
"princess bride"
in 23 reviews
"wall paintings"
in 31 reviews
"uneven floors"
in 28 reviews
"busy road"
in 34 reviews
"middle ages"
in 25 reviews
"worn steps"
in 16 reviews
"car park"
in 128 reviews
"stone steps"
in 17 reviews
"belvoir castle"
in 16 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 110 reviews
"the kitchen"
in 76 reviews
"tudor times"
in 26 reviews
"step back in time"
in 23 reviews
"original features"
in 15 reviews
Filter

951 - 955 of 1,546 reviews

Reviewed December 8, 2014

Several years ao we visited Haddon Hall for their first Christmas opening and we were delighted by the simple charm of hand made natural decorations and the spread of interesting events/exhibits throughout the rooms in the Hall.
So this year was rather a disappointment to be honest as the main events were all crammed into the central hall area, so you could not see properly or pass through. If they had put Ruth Goodman and her activity into the kitchen then that would have spread out the interest and it would have been possible to view the dancing etc better. The kitchen just seemed to be used as an extra shop area for vastly overpriced items.
We also took issue with the fact that you could not use the usual restaurant unless you had a pre-booked Xmas meal (this was not made clear on the website) and had to use an outdoor stall instead then take your food inside to eat. To give credit where it's due the soup we had was really delicious!
Overall Haddon Hall is just a lovely place to visit, especially the chapel so it is worth paying the £10 entrance fee and luckily the gardens were open when we visited too so it did feel like good value although you only see a few rooms.

3  Thank goldfishnot
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HaddonHallManagement, General Manager at Haddon Hall, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2014

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review for Haddon Hall. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and felt like your trip was good value for money and that you had a tasty lunch.

The Tudor weekend is extremely popular meaning that sometimes rooms may be fuller than expected, as the Banqueting Hall is one of our largest rooms we thought this might be one of the best places for the group (and some of our visitors!) to get into the festive spirit with a bit of singing and dancing. Apologies for this taking up so much space.

We take all feedback seriously and will consider your suggestions on our future planning. Thank you.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 7, 2014

After enjoying the magic of Christmas at Haddon in previous years, 2014 was a huge disappointment. From the (unnecessary) briefing in the cold rain at the start, to the cluttered arrangements, dowdy and uninspiring decorations throughout (several of the trees were unlit and without adornment) and the completely out of place 1960's lime green tatty 'sofa' in an upper room, it just looked a poor effort. The 'artisan market' which took over the kitchens - no cooking from the Tudor Group this year, was an ad hoc collection of largely uninspiring local produce. The catering facilities replacing the tent in the inner courtyard just didn't work - drinking tea from polystyrene cups in the scruffy boot room was no substitute. Whoever designed Christmas at Haddon this year got it completely wrong for us.

6  Thank UJMBs
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HaddonHallManagement, General Manager at Haddon Hall, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2014

Many thanks for writing a review of Haddon Hall.

As part of our Christmas celebrations, this year we selected to support our local community by inviting artisans from the surrounding towns and villages to exhibit their wares. We are sorry that you found this uninspiring.

Many visitors have enjoyed their experience at Haddon Hall, we apologise that this year has not met your expectations. We appreciate all feedback and will take this on board in the future.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 7, 2014

Decked with holly and ivy,natural and dried fruits and many candles,we were enchanted. Too many people for our liking and not impressed with the commercial side of it but overall a lovely visit.

Thank LynetteP41
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed December 6, 2014

What a disappointment !! After numerous visits to Haddon - including all recent Christmas's - this visit wasn't worth it. In a nutshell, there was very little going on and fewer open rooms - and the overall atmosphere was dead. Instead of Tudor cooking in the kitchens, there was just another shop - there was nothing whatsoever in the upstairs rooms - and as for the catering in the courtyard ...... the roadside lay-by trailer was a horrendous, expensive joke compared to the usual marquee.
Sorry, Haddon - whoever planned this got it horribly wrong.

6  Thank Graham W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Haddon Hall also viewed

Bakewell, Peak District National Park
Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell
 
Bakewell, Peak District National Park
Bakewell, Peak District National Park
 

Been to Haddon Hall? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing