Haddo House

Trip Start May 22, 2005
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Back when Kev was just a wee young thing, he went on a school trip to Haddo House and all he can remember was that 'it was very big'. I'd heard a lot about it, loads of people have weddings there so we decided it might be worth a visit. Half expecting it to be a small place only looking huge to Kev when he was 2 feet tall, we found it has quite a striking presence out in the countryside near Ellon.

Built in 1732 but considerably refurbished in 1880, the house is a combination of Georgian architecture with a Victorian interior. The Gordon family have lived at Haddo for over 400 years although the current occupant, an elderly lady in her 90s, will be the last as it is now owned by the National Trust. The house is well known for its fine furniture and paintings, and it is pretty impressive in places, especially the incredible siverware in the dining room and the fantastic paintings, not just of the family but also from around the world. But to be honest, it is obviously well past its best. The walls were often dirty with peeling wallpaper and had damp patches from the leaky roof. It also smelt quite bad at times. It was how you would expect a house of its age which is no longer lived in to be, but for the life of me, I cant understand why anyone would want a wedding here!!! Like many of the other castles and grand houses in the area there are pretty, manicured geometric gardens surrounding the house and as usual, we were happier outside than in. The flowerbeds were alive with loads of butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. It was really nice to see, a simple pleasure but one we dont see very often as we dont have a garden of our own!!

Until next time,

S & K
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