Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens and once again made it habitable. Avoiding fire, warfare, family misfortune and changing fashions, little has changed over the recent centuries and Haddon provides a unique view of early English life and history.
On arrival we will assemble in front of the house for a group photograph before having coffee in the restaurant situated in the 17th Century stable block. We will then have a guided tour of the house followed by lunch. The licensed restaurant with views over the River Wye, serves a selection of hot and cold meals, homemade cakes, snacks and sandwiches. Daily specials such as Homity Pie, Fidget Pie, Toad in the Hole and Haddon Estate Beef in Red Wine regularly feature. For those who wish to picnic, there are bench seats in the upper and lower gardens. After lunch you are free to stroll around the house and gardens or visit the shop.
Because of the age and topography of Haddon there are health and safety issues:
Arrival. The car park is about 250 metres from the house and on the opposite side of the busy A6 road which must be crossed with due care. The approach to the front of the house has some gravel surfaces and 30 steps. Access to the Hall is then up a flight of 11 steps with a stone balustrade.
Baggage. Bulky items of baggage must be left in the safe care of guides in the Guide Room.
Haddon Hall. The Hall is a Grade 1 listed building set on a hillside. There are many different levels within the house. The ground floor is mainly covered with flag stones with worn, uneven surfaces. Care and attention must be paid, especially in doorways. The upper floor has wooden floors with floor coverings. There are small steps between rooms.
Gardens. The gardens are accessed through the house: from the ground floor down 2 worn steps; from the top floor down 11 stone steps. There are 2 terraces linked by a wide stone staircase with 26 steps bounded by stone balustrades.
Each terrace is on level ground with compacted gravel pathways and benches every so often.
Restaurant. The Restaurant is at the foot of the steps on the approach to the Hall and is accessed by 11 external steps with a handrail on the left.
Toilets. The main toilets are located at the foot of the approach, beneath the restaurant and accessed via one step. Additional ladies toilets are sited within the courtyard of the Hall.
Date & Timings: Saturday, 9th August
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 9.00 am. Arrive at Haddon Hall c.10.40 am.
Depart from Haddon Hall at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray c.6.30 pm.
The cost of £26.00 per person (£17.50 for HHA members) includes coach travel, parking, gratuities and access to House and Gardens. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organizer with the full amount payable – cheques made out to the Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 26th July. Please provide a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organizer: Peter Raikes, 39 Cavalry Close, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0SZ. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.