Haddon Hall
DE45 1LA
tel: 01629 812855

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house that has been in the possession of the Manners family for over 400 years and has been described as "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages" (Simon Jenkins in 1000 Best Houses).  It has been the location for a number of films, including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride and Elizabeth and television programmes such as Moll Flanders, The Prince And The Pauper and The Silver Chair, is the subject of the light opera "Haddon Hall", and a novel entitled "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall", with the play of the same name following on Broadway soon after.  Haddon Hall has also been painted countless times, including by the watercolourist Frederick Booty.

Parts of the Hall date from as early as the 11th century.  According to the Domesday Book, the hall was at that time held by William Peveril, thought by many to be the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror.

In 1563 John Manners married Dorothy Vernon, daughter and heiress of the then owner of Haddon Hall, Sir George Vernon.  It is said that Sir George thoroughly disapproved of the marriage, famously describing John Manners as "the second son of an impoverished Earl".  The fact that the Vernons were Catholic to the Manners Protestant went no way to smoothing relations.  Legend has it that Dorothy, then 18, took advantage of her older sister's wedding party to elope with Manners.  However, since the couple ultimately inherited the manor, it is reasonable to assume that time healed the rift and father and daughter were reconciled.

Haddon Hall is structured around two courtyards; the northeast courtyard containing the Eagle Tower and the Long Gallery and the southwest tower containing the Chapel. Between the two stands the Great Hall.

Enjoy the house and gardens and lunch in the licensed restaurant located in the 17th Century stable block .
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