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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…

Baby It's Cold Outside!

This morning we awoke to snow on the rooftops.Ok, I admit when I first peered  down at the gutter  I presumed it was plaster from the ongoing building work, that is until I looked at the buildings across from our flat and realized it was snow! 

I suppose you think I should hotfooted it over to Notre Dame  for the "money shot" of a   worthy historical site caught with a light dusting of white? Sorry, there's no way I'm going out there right now, it's far too cold for a Brit raised in the tropics!