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“Derbyshire's Gem and Coeliac heaven.”
Review of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall
Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Haddon Hall stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Wye. One of the finest examples of a Medieval and Tudor manor house, open to visitors, with wonderful gardens.Visit Haddon Hall and truly step back in time. Visit our website for full details of opening times, prices, and our full list of special events.We also have a Restaurant selling fresh, local produce and a Gift Shop which carries a good range of locally sourced giftware.
Reviewed 12 December 2013

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!

Thank OakwoodUK
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JanetBlackburn, Manager at Haddon Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2013

Thank you for lovely review. We're very glad you enjoyed your visit to Haddon Hall.
For the benefit of others reading your review, please may we make clear the arrangements for disabled parking?
We have a private car park at the back of the Hall from where access is a little easier. Spaces are very limited and we would request that these are only used by visitors who would otherwise find the access impossible.
Another alternative is to drop passengers off in front of the Restaurant and return the car to the main Car Park.
In all instances, please call at the main Car Park initially and the Attendant will ascertain availability in the private Car Park or inform the Ticket Office that you will be driving in to the Hall grounds to drop off.
Once again, thank you for your lovely comments, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

We don't normally visit Stately Homes, as the ostentation of most of these does not appeal. However, as we were at a loose end and had been told that Haddon Hall was decorated for Christmas, we decided to go.

It was far better than we would have dared to imagine. It was decorated as it would have been in it's Elizabethan days and was staffed by members of the local history society in period dress. They all seemed well informed; helping you to feel as if you had been transported back in time. Activities to view/discuss/partake included: Elizabethan cookery, dancing, poetry and singing.

The Hall itself is not fully restored and those parts that are show the wear and tear of the centuries. This adds to the feeling of authenticity.

One word of warning. The difficult access (step), worn and uneven surfaces and the absence of the usual concerns for "elf and safety" will not make it suitable for all.

This was one of our best days out for some time and we are keeping a watch for future events at the Hall.

Thank harryburrell
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Fairly dull without a wow.

Expensive and wont return next year

Some of th edecorations really do need to be updated

All in all a disappoinment althogh the outside is impressive-could do better!

Thank david7721
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Visited in December to experience Tudor life presented by the local historical society. Dressed in authentic clothing, cooking authentic food, and with the Manor decorated as it was during the reign of Elizabeth the First it was like being transported back in time. Magical.

This is a proper Manor House, not over restored and with flagstone floors worn down by the feet of ages. The Great Hall, the kitchen and the superb chapel are all well worth the modest entrance fee and unlike Chatsworth it is possible to enjoy lunch in the restaurant and then enjoy the whole house again.

Thank cabbie37
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Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

We got here early in the day and the crowds were already piling in! It is such a gorgeous setting and the true middle ages castle. Not many modern alterations visible at all. The back garden view of the castle is just lovely. I would higly recommend a visit!

Thank danigre
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