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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…


I'm currently in California, our last trip was to Latvia, Lithuania, the UK & Ireland. The only question is where to next? I've visited 83 countries and I hope to see them all again plus some more. For a list of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites I've visited click here.

If I followed the Century Club rules, which  astonishingly includes territories and plane stops, I could add the following; the Canary Islands, Congo, Hong Kong, Bali, Hawaii, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Qatar, Tasmania, Chile, Azerbaijan, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong and Burkina Faso. Following these rules my "country count" would be 99, but here's a post written a few years ago explaining why I don't. However, perhaps when their way of counting gives me 100  I'll succumb to their lure, I'm  not above changing my tune! 


Abu Dhabi, Angola, Argentina, Armenia,  Australia, Austria,  Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana,  Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Doha, Easter Island,  Egypt, Ethiopia, Estonia, FinlandFranceGermany, Ghana, Guatemala,  Greece,  Honduras, India,  Indonesia,  Iran,  Ireland,  ItalyJordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia,  Maldives, Mali, Malta,  Mexico,  Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Nicaragua,  Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Russia,  Saint Lucia,  Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore,  Slovenia, South Africa,  Spain,  Sri LankaSudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tahiti, Tanzania, Thailand,  Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Here's where we've been over the last few years.

2005  U.K., Singapore and Thailand, St Lucia, NY
2006  Indonesia (Java & Bali), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, U.K., Sweden, Ireland.
2007  Morocco, UK, France, Washington D.C., NY
2008  Mexico, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, India, Maldives, Bangkok, China,   Assam, NY., Athens.
2009  Ireland, Rome, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Tahiti, Easter Island, NY, UK, Estonia.
2010  UK., Paris and Provence, NY, Australia.
2011  N.Y., New Zealand, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, UK and Ireland.
2012  Spain,  Italy, U.K., N.Y., Ireland.
2013  Portugal, Ireland,UK, Spain, France, N.Y and Boston.
2014  Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, NY, UK & Egypt.
2015  France, Spain, Ireland, UK, Germany, Finland, NY & Colombia.
2016  Colombia, Canada, Ireland, Cuba, Mexico City, UK & NY.
2017  Doha, Sudan, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Turkey, NY, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia


Many thanks to Douwe Osinga for providing a simple interface to create the customize map above. Visit his website if you would like one too;