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Haddon Hall - A Glorious Country Manor House

Visiting historic houses is one of my favorite things to do in England and Derbyshire is a county that  offers an  extraordinary triumvirate of sites; Hardwick's Elizabethan glamour, the palatial splendors of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, described by Simon Jenkins as "the most perfect English house to survive from the Middle Ages."  The joy of a visit to Derbyshire is that in visiting all three you can see the English country house through a variety of lenses and periods. 
In his definitive tome, England's1000 Best Houses Jenkins goes on to say of Haddon, "It has none of Hardwick's promiscuity or Chatsworth's bombast. It has not changed because it never needed to change". 
Indeed the house has remains in the hands of the Manners family since 1563 and is currently occupied by the Duke of Rutland's brother and his family. As they say on the website it has avoided, " fire; warfare;  family misfortune and changing fashions" and as such provid…

Lisbon Without Any Plans

It is completely different to visit a place and know that you have a month so see the city. It changes everything. Perhaps it's making me lazy but I'm enjoying it. I don't have a list, I don't feel any pressure. Right now I don't even need to know what I'm looking at. This is a strange experience for us, no research, no fuss all we have to do is relax into it. 


So, bringing my newly relaxed spirit to my blog here is what you could see if you were here too, no explanations, no highlights, just a random stroll from our flat.


We haven't tried the famous yellow trams or the metro yet but we'll get around to it someday soon.


How did we resist these nuts and dried fruits?


Comments

Erika King said…
Super jealous that you have a month of unhassled relaxation & exploration ahead of you. *sighs* *swoons*

If you get a break from your leisurely adventure, please stop by my blog thislittlpretty.blogspot.com.
I'm heading off now to browse through all your other destinations, and see what I can see (I might even recognise a few spots).

Erika @ thislittlepretty.blogspot.com xx
Erika, thanks for leaving a comment!
I visited you're blog and will certainly be back, love your style.

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