Why? Because it is magnificent, outside and in. The house was built between 1731 and 1736. It’s still a working estate. And open to the public.
The main hall has a stunning fireplace and warm wood paneling.
The anteroom off of the hall has a beautiful ceiling.
Queen Victoria spent the night there and they have a bedroom named her honor with a huge canopied bed.
In the Giles room is a stunning collection of paintings done by James Giles of 85 of the castles in Scotland.
The library is wall to wall books, just as a library should be, and the curved quadrant leading to the library also has curved book cases filled with books and topped with marble busts.
The Morning Room would be my favorite room in the house. Intimate, beautiful, with chairs pulled around the fireplace and bookcases built into the wall on either side.
The room called the Square has the robes worn by the Marquees and Marchioness to the coronation of Queen Victoria.
Haddo House is a house, not a Castle. And you can tell it was a much loved home.
( The Southwest side of the Haddo House)
James Haddo was a descendent of the Gordons, the Marquess and Earls of Huntly who can trace their ancestory back to the 1100. In 1469 he acquired the Haddo estate. After building a tower house in the area James and his descendants began to acquire other estates all across Aberdeen shire. One of them being Torquhon Castle that I talked about yesterday.
( The Northwest side of Haddo House)
In 1640 George Gordon inherited the estate from his brother. Later he was appointed High Chancellor of Scotland and made the first Earl of Aberdeen. Upon his death at age 83, his son William became the second Earl and commissioned William Adams to build Haddo House in 1731.
(The West Side Staircase)
In 1870, George Hamilton Gordon, the VII Earl, inherited the estate which had continued to grow despite George VI’s absence. He went on to be Governor General of Canada and Viceroy of Ireland. He was also made the Ist Marquees of Aberdeen and Temair. He and his wife built the Chapel on the west corner of the house in 1916.
After the IV Marquess, David Gordon, died in 1974 leaving the house to Historic Scotland and opened to the public in 1979.
While we were there we ran into the gardeners working to refurbish the flower beds in the manner that they were designed during the Victorian Era. We watched them for a time at work. It was they who told us that Haddo House had been used as a home for pregnant women during the Ist World War.
The place is truly impressive and a must see by anyone traveling in the area.
Tomorrow I'll be blogging about a place haunted by loss for which the Scottish people still grieve.