Last week I spent the day with a friend at Haddon Hall near Bakewell in Derbyshire looking around the house and gardens. The Manners family have owned Haddon since 1567 although there has been a building on the site since Norman times.
Entries in the Haddon account book in 1582 suggests that a famous Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson designed the house and gardens featuring stone balustrades and steps and a lower lawn. In the 17th century several terraced areas were laid out which was a typical arrangement for a late Renaissance garden inspired by Italian hill-top villa designs.
|The second terrace|
|The Fountain Terrace|
Here are some of the beautiful lilies in the garden.