We had spent ages in the kitchens but it was time time to move on and look at some of the other rooms in Haddon Hall. My favourite was the Long Gallery, with its mellow oak panelling, filled with light from the leaded windows.
The Long Gallery, 110 feet long and 17 feet wide, was built towards the end of the 16th century by Sir John Manners and his wife Dorothy, formerly Vernon, whose family owned the Hall, to celebrate their marriage and the joining of the two families. There is a local legend that they eloped.
One of the things that we all admired was the use of wild flowers like cow parsley in displays around the hall
They looked so pretty and natural in plain glass vases in window sills and on polished wood surfaces. I was so glad that I'd had my new camera in time to take photos here because I don't think my old one would have been up to the challenge.
The sun suddenly appeared, streaming through the windows of the Long Gallery, so we ventured outside to look at the gardens.
The grey stone walls of the hall looked wonderful against the lush green of the surrounding countryside. Above Paul's photo of Diane, Rowan and I looking at the wonderful view.
The flowers too looked stunning against the grey stone
The one thing that I particularly noticed about Haddon Hall was its windows with the wonderful light shining through so I've made a collage of some of them below,
After standing in the great hall watching the feast taking place for quite a while we decided to find a welcome cup of tea at the cafe and then make a visit to the gift shop before we left to go our separate ways towards home. A good time was had by all!
In spite of the rain!!