A Fortified Medieval Manor House and Gardens

On what had to be the most sunny and warm day since our arrival in England, we spent the morning at Haddon Hall in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The home of the Dukes of Rutland and the current Lord and Lady Edward Manners, this fifteenth century combination of Tudor and Elizabethan architecture has been left mostly untouched in terms of renovations, but it’s in amazing condition.


When you approach from the car park, there’s a gatehouse and beyond is a delightful topiary garden.

The entrance to the manor brings you into a courtyard, but be careful where you step—the stone are all original, the lentils of the doorways worn down from over five hundred years of use.


The self-guided tour allows you access to the Chapel of St. Nicholas, where the original stained glass windows provide plenty of naural light and rare frescoes are still in evidence.


The banqueting hall, great chamber, ante room and stateroom, Tudor kitchens and the long gallery are still furnished. The parlor, a private room created by John Vernon in 1500, features the Tudor Rose and Talbot Dog in the carvings.

The windows are intact and beautiful.


Most impressive for those who love tapestries is how many you’ll find on the walls—they’re everywhere!


Wander outside, and you’ll find an impressive multi-tiered garden with majestic views of the Derbyshire countryside.

Flowers and their meanings are an important part of Haddon’s history. They’re on display everywhere—in tapestries, carvings, and in the gardens.

Depending on your interest, you’ll want to allow to about ninety minutes to tour the property, although some have been known to spend all day here. We had anothr place to go, though, and it wasn’t far away. Next up: Chatsworth House.


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