We returned to Haddon to see the Hall dressed up for Christmas - and it was as sparkling as ever.
It really is the most interesting place to wander around, and when it is dressed in christmas finery - and this year the theme is Tudor - it is magical.
The staff had made many of the decorations, there was lots of fresh greenery and the smell of pine, oranges and cloves pervades the rooms.
The chapel is a must-do - very atmospheric. And try and catch the poetry readings in the hall itself.
You can wander at will round the rooms that are open, there are staff but they are only there to help, the log fires transport you back to a time when the rooms were in daily use and the kitchens are ready to cook a banquet. (Watch out for the 'rat').
The marquee on the top courtyard has hot drinks and snacks but the best place for Coeliacs is the restaurant. We had a turkey dinner in there and it was superb. The staff again - are excellent - and knowledgable. And you can reserve a table which is probably a good idea at this time of year.
If you are a disabled driver, don't bother using the car park opposite the hall but go straight up the 'private' drive past the shop where you will be directed to parking which is much nearer.
Wrap up well, wear sensible footwear - and enjoy!
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