An Inspiring Tour through Haddo House
Situated about twenty miles north of Aberdeen in Scotland, Haddo House welcomes visitors to explore its many fascinating features, including the surrounding terraced gardens, stables, tea room, gift shop and adjacent Haddo Country Park with its monuments, tranquil lakes, scenic walks and plentiful wildlife.
The branch of the Gordon family who became Earls of Aberdeen, and later Marquesses of Aberdeen, has lived on the site for more than 500 years. Possibly the most notable family member and former resident was George Hamilton-Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852-1855. Since 1979, following the death of the 4th Marquess in 1974, Haddo House has been owned and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.
This stately Georgian Palladian style home was designed by renowned Scottish architect William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen, and was completed in 1732. The interior of Haddo House was completely refurbished in 1880 by the London based firm Wright & Mansfield at the request of the 7th Earl and Countess of Aberdeen, and this is what visitors will see today. Even most of the soft furnishings date back to this time of refurbishment.
Haddo House contains an extensive art collection that includes a series of 85 castles, which are the work of Scottish Victorian Era painter, James Giles (1801-1870). There are also numerous portraits of 19th century British politicians and family portraits, as well as works by Pompeo Batoni, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Salvator Rosa, John Norrie, John Russell and William Mosman. Several members of the Gordon family were talented artists in their own right and examples of their work are hung throughout Haddo House. A superb collection of fine porcelain, glassware and silver-gilt are also on display.
The beautiful terraced gardens featuring geometric rose-beds, a fountain, herbaceous borders and a number of secluded knolls and glades provide a peaceful setting for visitors to stroll around in. There is a small chapel attached to the house and a theater known as Haddo House Hall is situated in the grounds. The tearoom offers delicious home baked treats and other culinary delights. Certainly, a visit to Scotland’s Haddo House makes an enjoyable outing for the entire family.